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Introducing The Road to Chirripó

Traveling south from San Jose, the road to Parque Nacional Chirripó passes through gorgeous countryside of redolent coffee plantations and cool, misty cloud forests. The first major area of interest is the Zona Santa or ‘Saint’s Zone,’ a collection of highland villages that famously bear sainted names: San Pablo de León Cortés, Santa María de Dota, San Marcos de Tarrazú, San Cristóbal Sur and San Gerardo de Dota. Further south in the Valle de El General, family-run fincas (farms) dot the fertile valley, though the action tends to center on San Isidro de El General, southern Costa Rica’s largest town and major transportation hub.