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Last updated on June 25th, 2021

Last Updated: Dec 14th, 2020

Disclaimer: Current travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date.

Another blog about Coronavirus Costa Rica!

So far, we guess that you probably have heard/read about this virus enough (enough!), however, we have decided to create this post with the purpose of helping you make decisions for your future travel plan to Costa Rica base on the travel restrictions that our government is implementing.

Which airlines are flying to Costa Rica?

Tourists from all countries allowed entry as of November 1st. Land borders remain closed at this moment. 

According to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (AERIS), these are the airlines that are flying to Costa Rica.

Dates are subject to change as coronavirus Costa Rica restrictions and reduced demand continue to impact international travel.

Keep close contact with the airline for more information. We have learned from travelers that had to changes several times their plans.

So far we have had two flights canceled. Both were departing from our preferred airport and flying direct to San Jose. We will now have to fly from another airport and travel via Madrid. This means we now have an added 6 hours to the overall journey plus there is an additional Spanish health form to complete as we stop off in Madrid.

Dave Clever, UK – Oct 2020

Airlines from Europe:

LUFTHANSA: Resumed operations on August 5 from/to Frankfurt.

Air France: Resumed his operation on October 31st from/to Paris.

KLM: Resumes operations on November 26, from / to Amsterdam.

British Airways: Resumes operations in 2021.

Iberia: Resumed operations on August 3 from/to Madrid.

Edelweiss: Restart operations on 2021.

Airlines from the US and Latin America:

AEROMEXICO: Resumed his operation operations on October 18 from/to Mexico.

AIR CANADA: Resumes flights on November 1 from Toronto. 

AIR FRANCE: Resumes flights on October 31 from Paris.  

ALASKA: Resumes flights on November 20th from Los Angeles. 

AMERICAN AIRLINES: Resumed operations on October 9th from/to Miami and Dallas.

AVIANCA: Resumed his operation on November 1st, from / to El Salvador and Bogotá.

COPA AIRLINES: Resumed its operation on September 10, from / to Panama.

Resumed its operation on November 23, from / to Guatemala.

DELTA: Resumes flights on November 2 from Atlanta, and on December 17 from Los Angeles. 

JETBLUE: Resumes flights in November from Fort Lauderdale (Nov. 1), Orlando (Nov. 4), and New York (Nov. 20). NEW ROUTE on December 18, from/to Los Angeles.

SOTHWEST: Resumed operations on 2021.

SPIRIT AIRLINES: Resumed operations in September  from/to Fort Lauderdale. 

UNITED AIRLINES: Resumed operations in September. 

Resumed operations to / from Houston and Newark.

Resumed operations on November 7, from / to Chicago.

Resumes operations on December 19, from / to Washington.

NEW ROUTE on December 17, from / to Los Angeles.

NEW ROUTE on December 19, to / from Denver.

VOLARIS: Resumes flights on October 29 to Mexico (via Guatemala) and on November 26 from/to Cancún. 

WINGO: Resumes operations on December 4th, from / to Bogotá.

Entry Requirements (Coronavirus Costa Rica):

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

*PCR (molecular test) Testing is NO LONGER REQUIRED. Therefore this decision has saved travelers a lot of money.

So seems that our goverment has reduced the list of requierments to these 2:

  1. Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at

Make sure to click in the right corner to switch language to English. You will be asked personal information, dates of your trip, and questions related to your overall health. Then you will obtain the QR codes that you will have to show up on your arrival in Costa Rica.

2. Traveler’s Medical Insurance- international or purchased in Costa Rica.

Can I use my International Insurance? Tourists with an international insurance policy must request a certification from their insurer, issued in English or Spanish and stating at least three conditions:

  • Policy validity, effective for the duration of the tourist’s visit to Costa Rica.
  • A guarantee of coverage for medical expenses, with pandemic coverage for COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least US $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
  • A minimum coverage of US $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to illness associated with the pandemic.

 If you have questions or want to check theconditions of the insurance, please email [email protected]

You can get quotes from INS and Sagicor direct (remember to click in the right corner to switch the language to English):

For some travelers they feel like the cost for the insurance is barely acceptable and there are not many international companies that they have found who will cover us to meet the US$2000 quarantine ‘lodging’ criteria.

Ultimately, it seems for some travelers that for peace of mind upon entry it’s better to use INS or Sagicor.

Note: You can buy insurance anytime. You have to fill out the health form within 48 hours of travel.

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

No longer required.

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Costa Rica

Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must:

-Wear face protection.

Masks or also the face shield protector “Careta” this is complementary to the mask it´s not allowed to wear the face shield without mask below.

You will find surgical masks mostly in supermarkets and pharmacies, and every place charges differently but an acceptable price is around $0.50.

People sell/wear the fabric ones that are better for the enviroment.

Most common protocols that you will see:

  • Clean your feet at the carpets. Some people feel strongly that this is useful. However, you will see some sort of grass carpet that you wipe your feet when you enter a place.
  • Taking temperature reading.
  • Some places request to wash your hands and hand sanitizer are available everywhere.
  • Driving restrictions. The country to avoid massive gatherings restricts vehicles with a schedule that tells which license plates ending in even or odd numbers could not circulate. Rental cars, people driving to/from a hotel reservation were exemptions for the daytime circulation restrictions.
  • Stay with your social bubble

Let’s be honest here as much we wish everyone follow strictly the protocols always will be a situation that will catch you off of guard.

For example, we have been on tours recently where everyone started wearing masks, and then because they asked to smell a flower or drink a sip of sugar cane in the end some people forgot to put their mask back on like there is not coronavirus in Costa Rica.

Also, we have experienced some trails in National Parks that got crowded but so far only have been few experiences like that.

What makes Costa Rica an option for future travel?


  • Costa Rica is like someone said: “naturally socially distanced”, our small country with a small population and a sparsely populated rural area outside the city it’s a plus in pandemic times.
  • Costa Rica has a good healthcare system, it’s not perfect but it’s considered one of the best in Latin America. Private and Public
  • Clean country. New protocols by the ministry of health that extreme the education on the way we do our daily habits like wash hands, sneeze covering your mouth, etc, has been a good investment in cleanliness. The majority of the country has potable water, which contributes to the overall health of residents and visitors alike.


  • With many Americans and Canadians (Costa Rica’s largest tourism base) finding it difficult to fulfill the international health insurance requirements, many travelers were looking elsewhere to vacation, notable countries with no health insurance requirements.
  • The trip can be expensive than before. No longer that easy to come with flight cancelations, adding insurance expenses, and the associated dates changes in lodging will be extremely difficult to accommodate for most travelers.
The tourism sector has been deeply affected and for us and other friends that work in the industry apprecited you choosing Costa Rica to spend your vacations.   

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Complete Guide to Hiking Cerro Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica



Cerro Chirripó is located in the Talamanca mountain range. It was set up in 1975 on 50,950 ha (125,900 acres) of land. 

This park has important geomorphological characteristics, with various examples of intact glacial features such as small U-shaped valleys, terminal moraines, lakes and cirques that formed about 35,000 years ago due to the action of moving ice masses.

The 3,820 meters (12,533 feet) of Chirripo peak in the protected area make it the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Also, the upper part of the park contains a series of areas of great scenic beauty and geological and biological importance. 

These include Sabana de los Leones, Valle de las Morrenas, Cerro Ventisqueros, Valle de los Conejos, and Valle de los Lagos with Lake Chirripo and Los Crestones.

Getting to Cerro Chirripó

There are several options for getting to San Gerardo de Rivas, which is the closest town to Cerro Chirripó; by car, by bus or by shared transportation.

By car: San Jose to San Gerardo de Rivas is not a bad drive. It could take around 3.5 hours without traffic, going a reasonable speed. We took a route that goes through Cerro Buenavista, well known as “Cerro de la Muerte.” Depending on the weather conditions, this route can be foggy and rainy or it can be sunny with blue sky, and that can change drastically. 

So, after passing the Cerro de la Muerte, you will get to Valle del General of Pérez Zeledón. From here, the distance to San Gerardo de Rivas is 30 minutes approximately. For the last part, I suggest you follow Google Maps or Waze.

By bus: The company MUSOC provides different schedules from San Jose to Valle del General of Perez Zeledon. Buses run from 5 am to 5:30 pm. You can purchase your ticket online at their site The bus ticket costs 4217.35 colones($7 USD). 

After the bus arrives at Valle del General of Pérez Zeledón, we recommend taking a taxi to San Gerardo de Rivas, which is about 20 minutes farther. This will cost around 8000 colones ($15 USD). The bus station at San Jose (the capital) is located here:

Cerro Chirripó Permits

Since the first moment when we created this blog post, we have got many questions from our readers asking for help with their permits. 

Many of them said that nobody answers the phone at SINAC and neither their emails. 

As well, we have noticed that some of them try to book their permits ahead of time but for some reason, the website of SINAC does not work. 

That is why we have made a separate blog post where you can check the updated process for book Cerro Chirripó permits, CLICK HERE.

Staying at San Gerardo de Rivas

We stayed the night before hiking the Cerro Chirripó in the town of San Gerardo de Rivas. 

While we were doing the reservation for our group, we could choose between this town and San Jeronimo (which is another way to access Cerro Chirripó National Park).

We chose San Gerardo de Rivas because it’s located close to Valle del General of Pérez Zeledón, which is not far away from San Jose. Also,  it’s the most popular access to Cerro Chirripó.

If you are driving a small car like a Sedan, we would not recommend staying in a hotel near the main entrance of Chirripo National Park. 

The last 3km of the road before getting to the main entrance of the park is incredibly bad. It can be difficult even in a 4WD car, and we can’t imagine how it would be during the rainy season.

Safety, Arrangements & Personal Preparation before hiking Chirripó

After you make your reservation to hike Cerro Chirripo, there are a few things you must consider to prepare for your hike:

Use the bag service

After your reservation is confirmed, you will be told by CRC Chirripó that you need to register and pick up your permits for Cerro Chirripó at SINAC’s office in San Gerardo.

Then pick your lodging and meal tickets at the CRC Chirripó office. (If you don’t know what CRC Chirripó and SINAC are, check out our blog about how to make reservations for Cerro Chirripó National Park.)

Also, if you are not carrying all your bags to the base camp, it will be necessary to leave them at the CRC Chirripó office. 

You can pay CRC Chirripó for a service where locals from the town will bring your bags to the top for you on horseback. 

We recommend paying for the service so you don’t have to carry all your extra clothes, food or things that you don’t need for your hike. It’s important to know that there is a FEE for this service (2713.15 colones **$4.35USD** each kilo, or around $2USD each pound each way).

Called: “Arrieros” represent a unique job when they take up and down the luggage

Stay closeby

The first part of the hike that you will face is 14 km (8.7 miles) up to Crestones Base Camp. So we recommend staying in the Chirripo National Park area the night before your hike. 

As mentioned before, it will be necessary to pick the entrances and leave your bags the day before your hike. So, you must stay at any hotel in San Gerardo de Rivas or San Jeronimo.

We stayed at Hotel Uran, which is just 500 meters (0.30 miles) away from the entrance of the park. 

It was a perfect place for our previous night. However, as I mentioned before, if your car is not 4WD, it might suffer a little bit in the last part of the route before getting to the hotel.

However, there are other hotels in the area that are recommended.

Safety and Preparation

If this is your first time doing this type of hike, here are some tips that we recommend for the night before and during your hike:

  • Eat pasta or any type of carbohydrates that will help your body.
  • Prepare your personal bag with some mosquito repellent, sunblock, snacks, candies or chocolates, water, electrolyte pills, or any other type of natural energy booster.
  • Buy and use some vaseline to prevent blisters on your feet.
  • Take pain ointment with you just in case.
  • Go bed early at night and wake up really early the next day.
  • Go heavy on the sunscreen since you can get badly burned. 
  • Acute Mountain Sickness (Altitude Sickness) is a possibility on Chirripó

Hiking Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica

Ready for the hike? That’s what I asked my group as soon as I woke up on the day :). We went to bed early (9 pm) the night before the hike, but some of us could not sleep well since we were anxious for the start of the hike.

The next day we woke up at 4 am and had breakfast around 4:30. Getting some good Gallo pinto typical Costa Rican breakfast) with fried plantains, eggs, coffee and some fruits. After that, we left the hotel and started our hike. Don’t ask me if I showered that morning! Hahaha

About the hike, there are many things that you should know (Here are the most important):

Start the hike to the Crestones Base Camp early in the morning. We started around 5:30 am. There was some sunlight, but it was not hot yet and not cold at all. So don’t worry about having a sweater or something warm. It won’t be necessary the first day. Basically, you can just use comfortable clothes that are dry fit. Bring a rain jacket with you just in case.

Also, we 100% recommend using a walking stick.

Kilometer #1 and #2

When you start the trail, the first part is an open area where some properties are private and the owners have cattle. Since there are not many trees, there is not much shade to cover from the sun. As soon you get to kilometer number 2, you will notice how the trail gets covered by some trees and shade.

The first two kilometers are really steep. For me and our group, it was really surprising to start the hike like this. We were thinking that the trail would be flat at first and then the steep parts would come later.

So take the first part easy. Don’t rush. Enjoy the view while you are hiking up, especially if you have already eaten your breakfast.

Between kilometer #3 through #6, there is not much to worry about. You will be warm and there will some flat parts on the trail. However, be ready to use your mosquito repellent.

Kilometer #7

After hiking all this time, the best place where you can get is called “Llano Bonito.” We highly recommend that you REST and HYDRATE there. And remember: take your time.

Actually, this is half way up to Crestones’ Base Camp. Some people are not conscious about what’s coming next after this stop. We noticed that some people didn’t stop and just continued hiking. They were probably in better condition than we were (we are not professionals on this yet 😉 ), so we preferred to stay at Llano Bonito for 30 minutes.

Basically, Llano Bonito has a little cafeteria in the middle of the forest where you can buy cookies, coffee, drinks and much more. The prices are a little bit more expensive compared to the ones you can find in the town, but it makes sense because the administration of Consorcio brings everything up the mountain by horses.

Also, this is a good place to stretch and use pain ointment, if you have some. We brought tomato juice and some “Sal Andrews.” Both are suggested for preventing any muscle aches, so we used both.

Halfway through the top

Kilometer #8

This section is called “Cuesta del Agua.” As soon you start this part of the trail, be prepared for going up and up and up without any flat part. If it has been raining in the area, the trail will be muddy and some parts will be slippery. That’s where you really need your hiking boots.

That’s why we really suggest taking your time at Llano Bonito. Cuesta del Agua is a really hard kilometer. It feels eternal. Be slow and constant; this helps a lot. My group and I agreed that this is a difficult part.

Kilometer #9

Some parts are steep and others are flat. It will be humid, and there is big vegetation as well. Stop and rest when you need it. Drink water and eat snacks or candies or chocolates. That will give you sufficient energy so you can spend it in the next kilometers.

Kilometers #10 , #11 and #12

Here, the forest and altitude start to change completely. This is an open area where the forest has smaller vegetation. Trees are not tall anymore and the shade starts to disappear.

If you start the hike early in the morning, at this point, the local time might be 10 am or 11 am. And, depending on the season of the year, the weather could be really sunny (make sure to use the sunblock) However, as Costa Ricans, we are used to sunny mornings and rainy afternoons.

Kilometer #12.5, #13

This is “Los Arrepentidos,” the beginning of a really difficult part. At this point, you’ve already hiked 12 kilometers (7.45 miles), so it’s hard to be mentally prepared for walking this really steep part of the trail for 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) more.

Even how that kilometer was named doesn’t give any motivation at all. “Los Arrepentidos” means The Repentants.

When you get to this point, we really recommend that you stop for a while. Actually, me, Ligia, Mainor and Jafeth stayed there for 25 minutes. Mainor felt some pain in his right leg, so he used some ointment for it.

Ligia was in charge of carrying the chocolates, so we ate some and also the granola bars.

After resting all that time, we started slowly and we kept it all the way up to kilometer #13.

Kilometer #14

After we reached the sign that said that we were at kilometer 13, we kept walking on that steep trail for 200 meters (0.12 miles) more until it became flat. Hiking that flat part of the trail until we reached kilometer #14 sign and Crestones Base Camp was a glorious feeling.

Once you finish the difficult hike, you will get to see Crestones mountain and also the base camp.

Congrats to all those who had made it to the base camp and the best of the luck for those who are going to do it.

Crestones Base Camp: accommodation, food, bathrooms and more

Crestones Base Camp, located at an elevation of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet), is a dormitory-style hotel that accommodates up to 52 guests. 

It offers beds, bathrooms, showers, a communal dining area, and limited solar-powered electricity.

As soon as we got to the base camp, we wanted to eat. We were so HUNGRY! However, we had to register first and pick up our bags that were brought by the horses. Remember? That extra money we paid for the service the day before was well worth it after the 14 km (8.7 miles) hike. 

Our bag that was brought to the base camp had Ligia’s and my clothes and the weight was 13 kilograms (29 pounds). 

Also, we carried a bag with our camera and lenses. The weight for that one was 11 kilograms (24 pounds).

Now, let’s talk about the accommodations at Crestones Base Camp:

The rooms

The rooms are for 4 people with 2 bunk beds. This is a really important detail because if you’re by yourself, you will need to share space with other people. 

When I made the reservation for my group, I asked for one room for all of us, since there were 4 of us. 

There aren’t lockers and the rooms are not locked either. People who visit Chirripo National Park are respectful of things that belong to others. 

However, we always kept our bags closed and inside a small closet that was inside our room.

When you register at the basecamp, the lady or gentleman at the reception will give you a sleeping bag. Also, each bed has clean blankets and pillow cases already. 

However, that might not be enough for getting warm from the cold weather. The temperature can get down to -5 Celsius (23 Fahrenheit). 

So, during the night, most of us wore socks, long-sleeve shirts and more layers.

The bathrooms

The only bathrooms in the basecamp are public. There are no rooms with private bathrooms, and the showers are also in the same space. 

Whenever one of us used the bathroom or the shower, we locked the main door (everyone does). 

The water is completely cold. The kitchen even has a sign that says “NO ASK FOR HOT WATER.” Lol.

The cold water made everyone think twice about taking a shower. 

But, what I (Rodrigo) mainly did was shower my legs. After some reading, I found out that this is recommended for blood circulation and to help avoid leg cramps after long hikes.

The food

When you register at the camp, you get a basic menu that shows the schedule for the food that will be served during each day of the week. 

Most of the food has rice and beans plus something else. 

Typical Costa Rican food is simple and it has some options like rice with chicken, olla de carne, casado and more.

If you have any dietary restrictions, I will HIGHLY recommend you notify the administration of Cerro Chirripo National Park when you make your reservation. 

Our friend Jafeth is vegetarian and they served him really good options.

Common areas

Hikers use a dining room and some tables that are outside of the base camp. After people return from their hike or after they finish their meal, most of them sit around these areas and talk to each other and meet other visitors from other countries or even from different parts of Costa Rica.

The Internet connection is AWFUL. 

At the main building, there is a free WIFI connection. 

However, as I said, this is really slow and bad for downloads, uploads or communicating with somebody.

Also, if you are a photographer or love photography, there’s good news for you: just outside of the base camp, it’s possible to photograph the Milky Way. (The best months for this are April and May).


After dinner, the administrator and rangers turn off the electricity of the camp at 8pm. That does not mean you need to go to bed. Anyone can stay in the dining room and keep socializing with others.

Keep in mind that you are sleeping in a base camp in Chirripo National Park (in the mountains). 

The Costa Rican government and SINAC have different regulations for protected areas, and one of the most important is the conservation and preservation of wildlife and natural resources. That’s why they turn off the electricity every night.

Hiking to Cerro Chirripó Summit, Cerro Terbi and Cerro Crestones in one day

Before all our planning to Cerro Chirripó National Park, one day I (Rodrigo) was talking to my friend Verny who has visited this place several times. 

His recommendation was simple and easy. He said: “After you get to the base camp, the first day, don’t go anywhere. (This helps you to avoid Altitude Sickness too)

Just rest and recover for next day for hike the Chirripo Summit and also make sure to visit Cerro Terbi and Crestones in the same day”

I am glad that he shared that with me. It worked well for me and my group.

The hike from Crestones Base Camp to Chirripo Summit is about 5.5 km (3.4 miles). 

Most hikers wake up early to see the sunrise at the summit, and that’s what we wanted. So, that day, we woke up around 2 am

Everyone was wearing their special clothes for the cold temperature. 

Actually, the thermometer outside of the building showed that it was around 2 Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit). That was so cold for us as Costa Ricans.

When we started our hike to the summit, it was still dark, so we brought our headlamps. 

The first 3km were flat, however, some parts of the trail were confusing, so we hiked straight until “Valle Los Conejos,” where there was a sign that indicated to turn left.

Honestly, the last part of the trail was a bit rough. 

The last 300 meters are more like a climb than a hike. (This is something I want to mention just to let you know, not to scare you. We actually encourage you to do this trip.)

The Summit

As soon we got to the summit, we could not be happier. We had tears in our eyes. It’s this feeling of achieving our goal even when there were difficult circumstances.

There are some feelings that are difficult to describe. Have you experienced that? Well, that’s what I experienced while I sat on a rock and just waited for the sunrise.

I had so much joy in my heart. It was almost 5 am and we could see how the sun was coming out slowly. We stayed up there for around 1.5 hours.

We signed the log and took some pictures and admired the beauty of nature. It’s not possible to hike the decline without stopping every 5 steps. We wanted to take pictures of everything.

That day, we had a lunch box with us, plus some snacks and fruits that we brought.

Basically, we were eating as much as we needed it. Our lunch box had 2 sandwiches, an orange juice, and fruits. *This is what they gave us the day before at the base camp.

Cerro Terbi & Cerro Crestones

After getting down the mountain, we followed the trail that took us to Cerro Terbi. Again, there were some flat parts in the trail, but as soon as we were getting closer to the top of Cerro Terbi, it was steeper. However, the view, the trail, the vegetation and the weather made us enjoy every moment.

We signed the log and took some pictures as well and continued the hike to Cerro Crestones, which was really visible from Terbi.

It took us around 20 minutes to get to Cerro Crestones.

Hiking down to the base camp was pretty simple, however, the rain showed up, so we had to use our rain jackets and ponchos.

We got to the base camp around 1:30pm, just in time to take our lunch.

Note: Lunch is served until 2pm

After lunch, we rested all afternoon while it was raining.

Coffee and hot chocolate are sold for a reasonable price, so sitting in the common area and talking with other hikers while you enjoy a really good cup of coffee is part of the experience as well.

When the night arrives, I highly recommend everyone enjoy the stars. I brought my camera (Nikon D800) plus my lens 24-70mm and my tripod. So I spent my time taking pictures of the milky way.

Hiking to Cerro Ventisqueros Summit and getting back to the beginning

Since we did a long hike of 16 km (10 mi approximately) the day before, all of us were sore. Everything hurt! Lol.

However, Jafeth and I wanted to see the sunrise at Ventiqueros. We heard that it was beautiful, and we did not want to miss it.

So, we woke up around 3:30 am and met with other 3 guys who wanted to go as well.

Cerro Ventisqueros was closer than Chirripo Summit, but it was a difficult trail as well.

A good part of the trail was rocky and steep. However, Jafeth and I plus the other 3 guys reached the summit of Ventiqueros just in time to see the sunrise.

After staying up there for a while, we decided to come down.

It took us around 1 hour to get to the base camp. It was time for a delicious breakfast with gallo pinto, scrambled eggs, fried plantains, and coffee.The breakfast for CHAMPIONS!!!😀

The trail down

That morning, before we left for Ventisqueros, we put in a specific space the bag with the clothes and things to be taken down from the base camp to the Consorcio office by the horses.

So, as soon we ate our breakfast and as soon my group was ready, we left the base camp and said our last “See you soon” to this magical place.

The trail on the way back to the beginning was really rough for some people. It takes some people 10 to 12 hours to finish the trail.

It took Mainor, Ligia, Jafeth and I around 5 to 8 hours. Jafeth had a pain in his knee, so that made us go slowly, but it was ok.

However, when we were in the middle of the trail, it started to rain, and that made the trail really slippery in some parts. So that slowed us down a lot too.

So it took us more time than we thought, but independently of that, I can say that when we finished this hike, we could not be happier.

Finally, we got back to Hotel Uran. It was time to shower, change our clothes, eat a good casado and prepare for our return to the capital (San Jose).


This hike is difficult, and it may not be for everyone. However, the level adrenaline that you get when you are hiking to the summit is amazing. And it’s inspiring to hear the stories of other people who made it. It’s amazing! Hearing those stories makes your adventurous spirit grow up.

We hope you will visit Cerro Chirripo National Park if you get the chance. And we hope this post helps you prepare for a wonderful hike!

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The Future of Tourism in Costa Rica Will Depend on Investment ⋆ The Costa Rica News



 In celebration of World Tourism Day, on September 27, and taking into account the motto of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for this 2023 “Investments for tourism: people, planet and prosperity.”  It is important to observe how the recovery of the sector has gone, and how this motto has been fulfilled.

 As is known, tourism is one of the main activities in the world, the sector generates thousands of direct and indirect jobs, as well as personal development and well-being.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic hit it drastically, and for Costa Rica it was no exception.

 It is important to put the future of tourism in perspective with all the aspects that may affect it.  There is no doubt that it is a very vulnerable sector but also very resilient to all changes.  However, there remain important risks, especially economic and geopolitical ones, to be taken forward.

More value for the tourism money

 UNWTO expects tourists to increasingly seek value for money and travel close to home in response to the challenging economic environment, with recovery to pre-pandemic levels occurring by 2024 or slightly beyond.

 But I consider that for this several aspects need to be covered, among them recovering the personnel who were in the sector and that is that according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, for its acronym in English), with the hit of the pandemic Of COVID-19, the sector contracted by 50.4% in 2020, resulting in a loss of 62 million jobs.

 However, 2021 saw the start of the sector’s recovery as its total contribution to the global economy grew from US$4.8 trillion to US$5.8 trillion and jobs increased by 18.2 million, but still insufficient.

Environmental sustainability

 In the environmental sustainability part, travelers see how to help the environment as a very important aspect when preparing an adventure, whether locally or internationally, and this makes them look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. and they are increasingly looking for ways to help our planet through internet searches or social networks.

 In the case of our country, we can afford to say that it is a destination that has great natural biodiversity that makes it position itself as one of the best destinations for nature lovers. However, a lot of work still needs to be done in these areas.

Inclusion for all

 Finally, the issue of inclusion for all people in the sector, whether at the level of employees or visitors, will ensure full prosperity in both fields.  There are more and more tourist recreation spaces that have innovated and transformed their attractions so that everyone can access them. In this it can be said with certainty that Costa Rica is a very accessible country for its national and international tourists, but it is something that It still needs to work from education to acceptance, but we are on the right track.

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Southwest Announces Daily Flight to San Jose from Orlando, Florida



Starting June 4, 2024, the American airline Southwest will operate the Orlando, Florida (MCO) – San José, Costa Rica (SJO) route with a daily flight permanently, the company announced this past Thursday.  Florida is one of the states with the best prospects for visiting the country and the cities with the highest number of travelers to Costa Rica.


 The flight will depart from Orlando airport at 11:30 am (US time) and arrive in San Jose at 12:45 pm (local time).  The return flight will take off at 8:55 a.m. from the Juan Santamaría airport and will arrive in Orlando at 2:15 p.m.  (US time).


Baltimore and Denver

 Also starting June 4 and until August 4, 2024, Southwest will go from one to two weekly flights (Saturdays and Sundays) from the US cities of Baltimore and Denver to San José, facilitating the arrival of more tourists to Costa Rica at the beginning of the summer and vacation season in North America.


 “Air connectivity plays a fundamental role in the development of our tourism sector.  This announcement is the result of the work we do at the ICT, in this case in conjunction with AERIS, to attract airlines.  We hope to close the year with an income of close to 2.5 million tourists, which would exceed the numbers of visits by air prior to the pandemic,” said William Rodríguez, Minister of Tourism.

Contributing to tourism development

 “The strengthening of routes and increased frequencies to Baltimore and Denver, as well as the new route to Orlando, represents a milestone for tourism and connectivity in our country, this is an example of the result of the joint work between the government and AERIS for continue contributing to tourism development.  We are extremely pleased with Southwest for trusting Costa Rica as a destination, generating new opportunities for passengers to live the pure life experience,” said Ricardo Hernández, executive director of AERIS Holding Costa Rica.The United States is our main tourist issuing market, between January and September of this year 1,095,135 tourists have visited us from that country.


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