Top things to do in The Road to Chirripó

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 283 hectares on the side of Cerro Chirripó, this private reserve is an ongoing …
Top Choice Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

Restaurant Le Tapir

With 270-degree views of the valley, this glass-encased restaurant specializes in homemade pasta, rainbow trout and mouthwatering steaks, all garnished with organic herbs fresh from the onsite garden. The breakfast …
Top Choice International in San Isidro de El General

Urban Farm Cafe

With its 'from farm to table' motto, this delightful cafe single-handedly pushes San Isidro's dining scene up a big notch. Breakfast options range from 'Hawaiian-style' macadamia pancakes with banana to veggie omele…
Top Choice Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Rivas

Antojos de Maíz

For all things corn, stop at this traditional roadside restaurant on your way to or from the mountain. Our favorite here is the chorreada, a traditional sweet pancake made with fresh white or yellow corn and served …
Farm in Santa María de Dota

Queso Pacheco

Queso is not Costa Rica’s strong suit, but this little cheese operation, run by a former president’s son, is one example to the contrary. Abel Pacheco has been living on this remote farm with his wife since the '80s…
National Park in The Road to Chirripó

Parque Nacional Los Quetzales

All jagged peaks and glacial lakes, this 50-sq-km park consists of rain, cloud and premontane forest, and is home to the eponymous quetzal, along with endangered species including jaguars, Baird’s tapirs and squirre…
Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

La Comida Típica Miriam

One of the first places you will pass in San Gerardo, about 6km from the Interamericana, is this cozy house advertising comida típica (regional specialties). Eating here is almost like receiving a personal invitatio…
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 11 waterfalls. Talamanca is doing its best…
Cafe in San Gerardo de Dota

Café Kahawa

With alfresco tables sitting above the river, funky skull art and sparkling fish tanks filled with fingerling trout, this atmospheric spot prepares trout in many excellent ways (and there are a few nonfishy dishes).…
Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

Restaurante Los Lagos

Set amid gardens, ponds and a splashing fountain, this is the place to catch your own trout and have it seasoned, lightly breaded and then deep-fried for lunch, alongside some french fries made from locally grown po…