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Top Choice Nature Reserve in San Gerardo de Rivas

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

About 2km past the trailhead to Cerro Chirripó you will find the entrance to the mystical, magical Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. Covering 182 hectares on the side of Cerro Chirripó, this private reserve is an ongoing …
Gardens in San Gerardo de Rivas

Jardines Secretos

These not-so-secret gardens, lovingly reared by an expat German and his Costa Rican colleague, make for a tranquil pre- or post-Chirripó pastime as the owners talk you through their collection of orchids and other t…
Pizza in San Gerardo de Rivas

Restaurante Rios

Not far from the soccer field, this new place serves surprisingly good pizzas; we particularly like the one topped with imported meats. Generous portions, and several pizza options are meat-free.
International in San Gerardo de Rivas

Roca Dura

The most happenin' place in town, right by the soccer field. The standard dishes won't set your tastebuds alight, but their french fries are excellent and it's a terrific place for people-watching.
Nature Reserve in San Gerardo de Rivas

Talamanca Reserve

With over 4000 acres of primary and secondary cloud forest, this private reserve has numerous hiking trails, the longest being a seven-hour trek, and another leading to its 10 waterfalls. Talamanca is doing its best…
Sports in San Gerardo de Rivas

Carrera Chirripó

This grueling race from San Gerardo de Rivas to Crestones Base Lodge and back (34km) takes place at the end of February, with up to 225 participants. If you're trekking up the mountain you may be disheartened to kno…