Monday, May 31, 2010
Mount Chirripo (Highest Elevation in Costa Rica)
The adventure to Mount Chirripo is a hike that will take you to the top of Costa Rica. You will have the chance to be at Costa Rica's tallest point which measures 12,330ft. You are located at 9 degrees from the equator which can make the weather rather interesting in Chirripo. At night it can drop below freezing and during the day it can be extremely hot so you must be prepared for it all and of course some rain.
The Paramos is the part of Costa Rica that is located at an elevation of more than 10,000ft. It is in this area where normal tree growth stops and all you see is stunted trees in and around the area. Most of the hike to the top will take you through Costa Rican cloudforest where you will see many different flor and fauna. You might also have the chance to see Costa Rica's most beautiful bird which is the famous quetzal.
On a clear day one of the most memorable moments of being in Chirripo is seeing both coast. You can see the Pacific and Caribbean Sea from the top. I can not say that if you are in Costa Rica for a week you should take this 3 day trip during your stay but if you have extended time in Costa Rica and you want to do a serious hike then climbing Chirripo should definately be on your list and can be a great experience for any student travel program to Costa Rica.