The Chirripo Valley
by Luis Navarro
From the imposing blue mountains and the crystal clear waters that surround them, the Chirripó Valley offers residents and visitors of the area an experience full of peace, tranquility, beautiful views and a direct connection with nature.
Just ten kilometers from the center of San Isidro, Pérez Zeledón, the Rivas district is geographically divided into three sectors: Buena Vista, Central and Chirripó sectors, the latter formed by the communities of San Gerardo, Canaán, Chimirol, Herradura, Los Angeles, Guadalupe, San Francisco, Talari, San José and Monterrey.
The area has been characterized as a route of handmade products, made by enterprising and struggling people, for this reason, that many different attractions for children and adults are offered.
Taking a walk through this place not only recharges you with good energy and happiness, but it is also a gift for the soul to appreciate such beautiful views. The diversity in attractions is fascinating. You can enjoy from the newly opened Butterfly Kingdom, fresh trout, hot springs, Swiss cheeses, chocolate factory, to delicious artisan bread. Restaurants offer unique cuisine, hotels, trails and birdwatching. Of course, without neglecting the main attraction of the area, the famous Chirripó Hill.
With 3820 meters high, this is the highest and most beautiful mountain in Costa Rica. Flora and fauna embrace it every kilometer. It is a place to find oneself and demonstrate mental and physical strength. It is a constant challenge while taking step after step to reach the maximum height and an unbelievable experience. Words are not enough to describe so much beauty, and experimentation is the only way to explain it.
For this and many other reasons, the Chirripó Valley should be an almost obligatory visit for all Costa Ricans and foreigners who visit the country attracted by the biodiversity and tranquility of the mountains.
Just look back, when you are in one of the almost pristine beaches of the South Pacific, to appreciate its prominent presence. This mountainous row extends parallel along the south coast, a barrier between the General Valley and the “Ballena Coast”.
These are cities located within a radius of 26 km in the canton of Osa, which is the greenest in Costa Rica. It has an area of 1930.24 km² and boasts exotic forests, rivers, waterfalls and an exquisite cultural wealth.
At the entrance to the Corcovado National Park, you can experience the cordiality of the «ticos». The nature guardians, uniformed in khaki with widebrimmed hats, respond amicably and use the iconic Costa Rican statement: “Pura Vida.”