How to make reservations for Cerro Chirripó National Park 2024

Last updated on September 25th, 2023

Cerro Chirripó in Costa Rica is the highest mountain with an altitude of 3,820 meters (12,533 feet) with a protected extension area of 50 thousand hectares (123,552.69 acres) of land.

This makes this place to be visited by many local and foreign travelers. 

There are three main sectors within the park that are ideal for visiting:

  • San Gerardo de Rivas Sector (Most Popular – Local tour guide NOT requiered)
  • San Jeronimo Sector (Local tour guide REQUIERED)
  • Herradura Sector (Local tour guide REQUIERED)

If you plan to make a reservation well in advance, we recommend opting for the hike through the San Gerardo Sector.

It offers a more cost-effective option compared to the other sectors.

If you need assistance with the reservation process or want to learn more about hiking in this particular sector, we’ve created a step-by-step guide on YouTube to assist you. If you’d like us to help you directly with your reservations, please email us at [email protected]

Now if you are considering visiting Cerro Chirripo National Park and expect to stay at the base camp for a least one night.

Here is where the reservations process comes across, so we will share with you the steps that you need to follow.

Note: The all reservation process is component by two different entities that need to be contacted:

SINAC: This is an institution from the government and the permits are bought through them. They manage the offline/online permits for the national parks in Costa Rica.

CRC Chirripó: This is a local organization created by neighbors from San Gerardo de Rivas and surrounding communities. They managed things like lodging at Crestones Base Camp, food, supplies and horses haul gear up the mountain.

IMPORTANT:

We (Ligia and Rodrigo) do NOT work directly with SINAC or CRC Chirripó. Because of this, we CANNOT assist with last-minute reservations.

However, if you need assistance with the entire reservation process for this park and plan in advance, we can help. Please email us at [email protected].

1. Book your Cerro Chirripó Permit Online

SINAC changed the methodology for booking the permit. So, please be aware of this:

  1. Go to the website: Visit https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr.
  2. Create an account: Sign up for an account on the website.
  3. Sign in: Once you have an account, log in to your account.
  4. Make a reservation: Navigate to the “Buy” section, then select “Online Reservation” followed by “Parque Nacional Chirripo” and “Make a Reservation.”
  5. Select your preferred sector: Choose the sector you wish to visit and select your desired entry and departure dates.
  6. Choose the number of people: Indicate the number of people you are booking for (up to 4 people per reservation).
  7. Accept the terms: Make sure to review the terms and conditions, then accept them.
  8. Proceed to payment: Continue to the next step to complete your payment.
  9. Complete your purchase: You will have approximately 12 minutes to finalize your purchase. Ensure you provide the required information and complete the payment within this timeframe.

After booking your Cerro Chirripó permits, you will receive an email from SINAC ([email protected]) containing your confirmation number and all the relevant information.

2. Paying for lodging, food, and supplies

After you pay the permits with SINAC.

You will be getting an email like this, from CRC Chirripó.

In the email, you will receive detailed information about the expenses for lodging and instructions regarding food arrangements.

For residents, it is important to note that payment for lodging must be made within the next 5 days. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the reservation by CRC Chirripo and SINAC.

Foreign visitors, on the other hand, will be given a deadline for payment upon their registration at the national park.

On that day, you will have the opportunity to pay for lodging, food or any additional supplies/services you may require, such as a baggage carrier.

Cancellations and Policies

  1. SINAC says: If for any reason you cannot attend, the user or users, will not have the right to change members on the reservation and will be entitled to a refund of the amount paid, as long as they manage at least 15 days in advance, a situation that can change according to the Decree of entrance fees to enter protected areas that are valid.
  2. CRC Chirripó says: We only process cancellations of reservations that have already been canceled by SINAC, for this it is necessary that they send us the official note, where they are told that it has been processed. a) If you request cancellation of reservation (as) between 90 or more and 60 days before the date of entry; We will reimburse you 80% of the amount deposited for accommodation and / or food. b) If you request cancellation of reservation (as) between 59 and 30 days before the date of entry, we will reimburse you 60% of the amount deposited for accommodation and / or food. c) f you request cancellation of reservation (as) between 29 and 15 days before your date of entry; We will reimburse you 30% of the amount deposited for accommodation and food. d) If you request cancellation of reservation (as) 14 days or less in advance, we will not be able to make the refund.
  3. Tourists entering by San Gerardo Sector, must register their entrance personally without exception in the Administration of the Chirripó National Park, located in San Gerardo de Rivas de Pérez Zeledón before entering.
  4. For those wishing to enter at dawn or in the early hours of the morning of the day of entry, you must register the day before from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon.
  5. Tourists must only enter the park by the sector authorized in the reservation process and on the specified date.
  6.  The Administration of the Chirripó national Park will establish control devices which they consider appropriate to ensure the access to the protected area once the corresponding rights of admission have been canceled.

Main contacts at SINAC and CRC Chirripó

506: is the country code of Costa Rica*

CRC Chirripó phone: (506) 2742-5200.

Email: [email protected]

CRC Chirripó: https://www.chirripo.org/

SINAC email: [email protected] or [email protected]

SINAC’s website: https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/

The schedule to the public at the administrative offices of the Chirripó National Park, will be from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.d. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

By following these steps for doing your reservation successfully plus the tips in our post about Hiking Cerro Chirripo, anyone will be able to do this great trip.

Do you need help?

We love to answer the questions from our readers through their comments and emails.

However, our time is limited and normally, we can not get into detail as much as we would like to.

For the reasons mentioned above, we can assist you with your reservation process. Please email us at [email protected].

Our service fee is $50 US if you need assistance solely with reservations for Cerro Chirripo National Park.

With this service, we can assist you with your Cerro Chirripo reservation. Additionally, if you need help planning the rest of your trip around Costa Rica, we are here to help.

If you want detailed information about CLICK HERE OR Contact Us if you have any other question about our service.

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Posted by Rodrigo

I am a wildlife and landscape photography lover and part-time blogger of Explore Tikizia; Husband to Ligia (a great wife) :) . Also a full time worker as support agent for a GDS. I love to travel to non-touristy places, hiking to difficult access areas and enjoy good cup of coffee.

Reader interactions

40 Replies to “How to make reservations for Cerro Chirripó National Park 2024”

  1. Hello – Has the online reservation changed to where you can only reserve the day before? I tried to look ahead and make a reservation but there was a popup that indicated the system had changed to where you could only make reservations the day prior. I was trying to reserve at the basecamp for two nights.

    Reply

  2. […] That is why we have made a separate blog post where you can check the updated process for book Cerro Chirripó permits, CLICK HERE. […]

    Reply

  3. Hello!

    We have missed the first possibility because it’s all sold out. Could you let us know at what time the sale of the permits opens (6 months before).

    Thank you!

    Reply

  4. “By following these steps for doing your reservation successfully … anyone will be able to do this great trip.”

    This seems a silly comment. Who is going to phone up 100 times to make a reservation, especially from abroad? And you don’t even know if you are going to be able to make a reservation when you finally get through. I’d like to go this month (February), but I bet there’s no availability now, if the beds were made available in November.

    I could set out some steps for setting a new world record in the 100m, and say that by following the steps successfully anyone could set a new record. Only the steps would be impossible to follow successfully. It would be stupid.

    “Finally, but not least be patient when you need to call their number. Recently, we did reservations for January 2022 and we had to dial their number over 100 times because it was so busy!”

    This doesn’t seem very welcoming of Costa Rica. Although I was thinking of making a visit, I’m having second thoughts, as climbing Chirripo was the main thing I was thinking of doing. Why has booking been taken offline, to everyone’s inconvenience?

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  5. Thanks a lot for your advise, everything at the start worked very well! We would like to climb Chirripo in January 2021, staying one night in the albergue. I was fine with the registration process on the SINAC website and reached the reservation point. By selecting the requested date above I have received the following notification:
    ” The Parque Nacional Chirripó, Sector Sector San Gerardo is out of operation 12/06/2020 to 30/06/2021 by Por proceso de contratación de concesión de los servicios no esenciales del PN Chirripo. Please select another date outside this range.”
    Could you tell is if there is any other way to climb the Chirripo or if this situation will change soon. The other possibility is that I was doing something wrong because if I check the “Availabilites” I noticed that many spaces are already sold so it seems to me that it will be open in January.
    Thanks a lot in advance
    Britta

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  6. Hey Guys,
    I am also having trouble paying for the trip. It always says my card is invalid.
    I tried different cards, from credit to debit and different banks. I live in CR and have my accounts here in CR. Still the same.
    I wrote sinac an Email, they told me to call 2742 5084, which I did and they told me this problem is not common and I can only make a reservation through this website.
    I don’t know what to do. I tried it about 20 times, different days, different times different cards. Please help! Thanks in advance!

    Reply

    1. Hello,
      We do not work with SINAC, we only provide the steps that people must follow to visit Chirripo.
      If the SINAC office tells you to keep trying. I will recommend that you do that … Unfortunately, there is not different step in which we can help you.
      Your website is really bad. I’m sorry about that!

  7. Dear Rodrigo – this is all great information. We are staying at a Lodge in the park and they will be arranging permits and payments for us, but say we need to “Register and sign” with the park by 4:00 pm the day before we wish to hike. This is the first I’m hearing of this (and I’ve done a fair amount of research) and am hoping there is a work around as we will arrive to the area the evening before we want to start our hike. Any insight is welcome. Many thanks!

    Reply

    1. Hello Dea Diana,

      Glad this information is helpful for you.

      As per your above comment, it’s right! Actually, when we visited Chirripo, we had to register at SINAC’s office, the day before we wanted to start hiking up. (We registered the day before because their office opens at 8 am) and we wanted to start hiking up to the base camp at 5 am.

      The workaround will be to wait until 8 am the next day of your arrival, registered with them and then start hiking.

      Are you doing this hike by yourself or with a company? If you hired a company, I am not sure if they can do this registration for you.

      Regards,

  8. Do I understand it correctly that now I pay for Crestones online? I just reserved the ticket and then I emailed [email protected] and [email protected] asking them how do I pay.

    Do I wait for a response? What else should I be doing?

    Reply

    1. Yes, you will need to process the payment online for logging and food. Wait for their response (that’s the only thing that you need to do)

  9. Hello, Rodrigo!

    I have a same problem as James Hall mentioned earlier – we have paid the permit to the park and received the confirmation. After that I emailed the details to [email protected] and informed them that we can pay for lodging next Monday once we arrive to Costa Rica, but got no answer from them yet, only an automatically generated letter that we have 24 hours to send a payment for lodging. I’m afraid our reservation will be canceled now. Would you perhaps know more?

    Best Regards.

    Reply

    1. Hello, Libor! They might not answer immediately but they answer all emails. Once you made the reservation on the SINAC website… SINAC have to send to them (Consorcio Aguas Eternas) your information and then they will send you an email to with a link and password so you can process the payment online too. If you don’t receive an answer immediately from them, don’t stress about a possible cancellation. Another way to contact them, it will be through their phone number (506) 2742-5097 , Regards

  10. Hello!

    Looking to book a hike for May and it is saying the park is closed. Do you know anything about this?

    thanks,

    Avery

    Reply

    1. Hello

      Yes, the reservations are closed for now but apparently, they will open reservations again, tomorrow (March 27th, 2019)

      So, I recommend you to try again.

  11. Hello and regards,
    A friend and I are hoping to climb Chirripo starting March 1 and returning March 2 (2019).
    I have tried the website for SINAC but it does not appear to be working. Additionally I have emailed them and called the office but no answer. Is there any other way around this to secure permits?
    I very much appreciate your help!
    -Safe travels,
    Shafiq

    Reply

  12. Hey Rodrigo!

    I have recently reserved a park permit, and have received my authorization, reference, and terminal number via email. I followed up by emailing “[email protected]” with my reservation details, the date I expect to enter Costa Rica and the date I could be expected to pay for lodging at Crestones base camp. I have not heard anything back, and I notice on the http://www.chirripo.org website that I have 48 hours from booking my permit to paying for accommodations or my reservation will be lost. Could you clarify this? Other than e-transfer or visa billing (and all I see is a bank number for a bank transfer), I don’t see how I can pay for lodging… Suggestions?

    Thanks!

    James

    Reply

    1. Hello James!

      Don’t worry about the 48 hours that they mentioned in their website for processing the payment for accommodation. I have asked them before about this and they have said that for reservation of foreigners works differently.

      If you give me your confirmation number, I can try to call them and make sure they got your email, so they can answer back to you and eventually you can continue talking with them.

      Let me know your confirmation number and when you sent the email to them.

      Regards,
      Rodrigo

  13. Thank you.
    Your description helped us, yesterday we tried 10 times and did not go, now it worked. I am grateful for the description.
    kindly regards from Germany

    Reply

    1. Hello Andrea,
      So glad that you could make your reservation for Chirripo! Regards, Rodrigo

  14. Hi there!

    I wrote a message earlier…but it doesn’t seem to have gotten through… hoping this isn’t a duplicate though!

    Wondering if you would be able to help me out with a booking issue I seem to be having on the SINAC website.

    I checked the availability of the dates that I would like to go, and it looks like there are spots available…. however, when I try and add the admission, I get an error message saying:
    The purchase can not be processed because the number of admissions generates aggregate sector overload

    Any ideas?

    Thank you!
    Jonathan

    Reply

    1. Hey Jonathan,

      Hope you are doing well.

      Don’t worry about the duplicate message. Actually, we need to approve the comments before they go through, this happens because we get a lot of Spam comments on our website.

      I can try to help you to book your entrance for Chirripo but I will need to know information like:

      -Number of people
      -Names
      -IDs or Passport numbers
      -Dates (Nights at base camp)
      -Credit card or debit card number

      Unfortunately, I can not tell why SINAC’s website has a lot of errors. Many people have contacted us and eventually, we have told them that we can help with their reservations or they can contact SINAC through their email or phone.

      Let me know what you think about it.

      Regards,

  15. Hi there Rodrigo

    I was hoping you would be nice enough to see if you could somehow help me to book?
    I realize you don’t work with SINAC…so any help you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.

    I checked the availability of the days that I would like to go, and it looks like there are available spots.
    However, when I try and add the admission…I get the following error message:
    The purchase can not be processed because the number of admissions generates aggregate sector overload

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks so much,
    Jonathan

    PS….loving your blog thus far!

    Reply

  16. Hello! We have had the similar experience as AJ. We followed the instructions online for park entry permits. We submitted it but it didn’t seem to go through because we didn’t receive a confirmation number. We did that three times and our credit card was charged three times as well. We have sent multiple emails asking for a confirmation number, but no luck. We actually spoke to someone who said to email again with our names and passport numbers to get that confirmation number. Again no luck. We talked with Crestones base camp and they will not give us reservations to stay the 2 nights we need until we have that number. We are coming from the US just to do this hike. We have an 8 year old who is very excited. We do not speak Spanish very well so not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated!

    Reply

    1. Hello Charlotte Ditty

      Where you able to contact SINAC? Apparently, their help and customer service support email is [email protected]

      I contacted them 3 days ago and they explained to me that their website is working fine for now.

      Did you get your money back? Unfortunately, we are just a travel blog who provides helpful information about Chirripo and we try to do our best, answering comments and email. We don’t work directly with SINAC, so we don’t understand why their system is working so bad.

      About your kid of 8 years old, I will say that while I visited Chirripo back in April 2017, I didn’t see any kid hiking up to Chirripo that does not mean that it can not be done with a kid of that age. However, I think it will be a little bit difficult and exhausted for the kid. At least if he/she has a great condition.

  17. Hello,

    I am trying to reserve a spot online for el chirripo but continually receive a message on the “purchase confirmation” tab that my information is invalid. I put the names of the party under “complete name” and the corresponding passport numbers under “identification.” Under the pay data I enter all the information except I am unsure what the ID number is for. I am not a Costa Rican resident and tried putting in my passport number. What is the ID number?

    I’ve tried emailing SINAC multiple times but haven’t received a reply yet. Thank you in advance for your help!

    Matt

    Reply

    1. Hello Matt,

      We don’t really understand what it happened with SINAC website. Since last week, we have received different emails and comment regarding the same error.

      We tried to contact them through the phone for asking about it but they didn’t answer our calls.

      The ID number could be your passport, drivers license or nationality identification.

      We will continue calling them and see if they explain to us what it is happening with their website. So we will let you know.

      Unfortunately, we don’t work directly with them since they are an independent institution from the government.

      Regards,

    2. Rodrigo,

      Thanks for the reply and reaching out to SINAC. I will continue to watch for updates regarding their website and making reservations. I appreciate your help thus far.

      Thanks,
      Matt

    3. Did you get any update on this Rodrigo?
      I’m having the same problem, the website will not take my payment as it won’t accept any of the I’d numbers I’m trying.

      Thanks,
      Charlie

    4. Hello Charlie,

      Hope you are doing fine.

      SINAC has available spaces until mid-October however, are you trying to book for another day?

      What’s exactly the error that you are having?

  18. Hello,

    I just tried making reservations on the website and each time it told me that my payment did not go through. I checked my bank account and I see that I have been charged SIX TIMES! I have tried calling the office, but my call does not go through (I am calling from the United States).

    Can someone please contact me as soon as possible to resolve this?

    Reply

    1. Hello, AJ.

      I am sorry to heard that, we don’t work directly with the national park office, however, let me see if can contact them. I will email you, so we can talk more about it.

  19. hi – I have made a reservation to enter the park for 2 days but when I email my reservation details to [email protected] I do not receive a reply. Any idea how I can ensure I get a reservation at the base camp or do they usually take many days to reply?!

    Thanks

    Reply

    1. Hi, Andy.-That’s the correct email for making the reservation at the base camp. If you want, you can email us your reservation number so we can help you to find out, why they have not answered back to you. Regards.

  20. Hello Rodrigo,
    in case i manage to buy a permit online (6 months prior to my arrival) is it really possible to pay for the lodging when I arrive to Costa Rica in person at Banco National? Will the park hold and guarantee my reservation? Many thanks.

    Reply

    1. Hello Jan, thanks for all your messages. I just answered your email that you sent to [email protected]. Let me know if you received. Regards.

  21. Hunter Spurgeon April 20, 2018 at 11:08

    In the availability page, where it says “Disponibilidad” does that mean remaining online permits available? And where it says “Visita diaria”, does it mean remaining in-person permits available?

    Reply

    1. Hello Hunter, where it says “Disponibilidad” that means the number of persons that can visit the park but at the same time the number beds that are available in the base camp. Where it says “Visita diaria” means the number of people that can access the park but they will not have space at the base camp and they cannot even buy food at that place. If you have any other question send us an email to [email protected] we will happy to help you.

  22. I would like to climb Cerro Chirripo May first or second. I can not find way to make my reservation.
    Please help.

    Reply

    1. Hello Khaire, send us an email to [email protected] and we can answer your questions. The website https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr/ is the one that you can use for making the reservation for the entrance and for check the availability.

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