Jardines Secretos

The Road to Chirripó

These not-so-secret gardens make for a tranquil pre- or post-Chirripó pastime as the owners talk you through their collection of orchids and other tropical plants. Find the turnoff just after the ranger station but before the first bridge.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Road to Chirripó attractions

1. Talamanca Reserve

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6. Parque Nacional Los Quetzales

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