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Cerro Pelón is located in Pérez Zeledón, in the province of San José. This unique place has stunning natural gardens in a series along the path. It is a peaceful and relaxing hike in which you will find lots of exotic plants and great diversity of birds and other animals including monkeys. Once at the summit, you will witness an outstanding view of the “Valle de El General” and the Pacific coastline (if weather allows it) perfect for those who love hiking, just like us. On the other hand, the place is good for taking nice and colorful pictures of the forest and landscapes at the summit. This is a perfect tour to complement your visit to Chirripó National Park or for visitors who missed the chance to visit the park.
Considering the distance from Los Higuerones property (from where we enter the place), this is a basic level hike, and we strongly suggest taking the two-day tour so you can get the best of this place. On-day tour option is also available for those travelers who have just a little time to visit Pérez Zeledón. This tour is recommended for starters in hiking as it is a 4 km in total with very little change in altitude from the starting point.
Arrival to Los Higuerones property. Here, we take a delicious brunch (typical food) made by a local woman. The property offers a nice view of the "Valle de El General". This is a quiet place that transmits peace and positive energy. Additionally, climate is usually good; weak cool wind gusts constantly lower temperature, making it nice to hang out with other hikers while having something to eat and gain strenghts to start this pleasurable hike. It is recommended to get to the place early in the morning (before 8:00 a.m.) so you can have enought time to enjoy the trail.
On the way, you will find huge ancient tress known as "Higuerones" after which the property was named. The forest has many other species of big tress that host a vast diversity of insects, amphibians, and birds, serving them as shelter. Animals might show up while you are hiking, but it will all depend on whether they want it or not.Suddently, lots of bright colors will delight your sight. Hundreds of species of moss will be the attraction for most of the trail, captivating your attention with the splendid brightness of millions of different color tones. Make sure your baterry is fully charged since you will find plenty of motives for taking pictures.
Once in the summit, we will have typical lunch wrapped in banana leaves in the same way local usually take their lunch to the field while working. From here, we will have a nice view of the area and plenty of time to spend sharing with your friends or making new ones.
After enjoying the mountain and forests, we go down to the camp ground to set up the tents, have a delicious dinner and get some good sleep surrounded by the forest and the a starry sky.
After breakfast, we head to the waterfall, which is very close to the camp ground so we take advantage of our stay in the place and relax on its waters. After lunch, you will be ready to continue your journey or arrange other activities with us in San Isidro.
*One night of camping in Los Higuerones property
Day 1: Brunch, typical lunch to take, and dinner
Day 2: Breakfast and lunch
*Admission to the property
* One day tour to Cerro Pelón
*Local guiding service
* Visit to the waterfall
Some items you may need include: Sweater, sunblock, mosquito repellent, hiking poles, hiking shoes (comfortable shoes), a pair of shoes to wear while staying in the camp ground, bottle of water (1 lt capacity is fine), towel, raincoat (during rainy season), flashlight, and camara.
How many kilometers hikers walk in total?
This is a four kilometers (2,4 miles) in total.
What is the best time of the year to visit the place?
Cerro Pelón can be visited throughout the year. However, if you want to see sunrises or sunsets , the best time is during dry season (Look into weather in Costa Rica).
How much time does it take to get to Los Higuerones camp ground from San Isidro?
If you travel by car, it may take around 20 minutes to get to the place at normal speed. On the other hand, if you take the public bus, you will travel for about 30 minutes to get to San Ramón Norte. From there, you have to walk 1,2 kilometers (0,7 miles) to get to the property. You'd better request a map and bus schedule if you will use public transportation.
Is it possible to do the hike in one day?
Yes, the hike can be done in only one day if you do not have enough time to take the proposal itinerary on this webpage.
Can I do the hike even if I am not an experienced hiker?
Yes, this is a light hike perfect for those who want to get started as hikers. It is also good for photographers or for anyone who wants to get rid of stress.
Do I have to take my own tent?
No, we provide camping tents and sleeping bags so you do not need to worry about this.
Maximun altitude is 1,500 m.a.s.l at the summit
Local guide is mandatory
All meals required are included
Difficulty basic level
By public transportation
Take the public bus to San Ramón Norte at the Northwest corner of the local merket in San Isidro de El General. You need to request us their bus schedule in advance. Once you take the bus, you will travel all the way to San Ramón Norte, it will be the last stop. From there, you walk for 1,2 km (0,7 miles), please request a map so you can get without problem to the property.
You may want to request the location on google maps or use waze app to follow the right road. We can also provide you with a map of how to arrive, make sure you request it in advance.
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*Guiding service is mandatory
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