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Isaac Martinez

Sunrise at Costa Rica's Highest Peak

Chirripo National Park, Costa Rica

November 3, 2008. 4:55 am local time

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Cerro Chirripo is the highest point in Costa Rica at 3,820 meters (12,533 feet). It is also the coldest, boasting the lowest temperature ever registered in this country, a bone chilling -9 C (16 F).

Thanks to differences in altitude, soil, climate and topography, the park offers visitors a variety of habitats. High-altitude microclimates include the paramo (a high, Andean-type woodland consisting of wind-stunted shrubs, grasslands and perennial herbaceous plants), as well as marshlands and fern groves. The lower slopes are home to larger trees such as oak, sweet cedar and elm. In these lush forests, mosses and bromeliads thrive on every inch of available space.

The wildlife is just as diverse as the scenery. One can find up to 60% of the vertebrate and invertebrate fauna in the country within the park's boundaries. White-faced monkeys, peccaries and the resplendent quetzal all call the slopes of Chirripo their home.

The hiking trails here are good, ascending past glacially formed features to the summit. Small U-shaped glacial valleys, moraine deposits and lakes bear testament to the action and movement of ice masses which passed through the area 30,000 years ago and have been preserved almost intact.
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Location

Latin America / Costa Rica

Lat: 9° 29' 7.98" N
Long: 83° 29' 23.05" W

Elevation: 12,533 feet

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Nodal Ninja 3 MK II, R-D8 Rotator, Nikon D300 with Nikkor 10.5mm, PTGui Pro 8.02, Photoshop CS4, Cubic Converter, Nikon Capture 4.

Caption in [Spanish]

El parque nacional de Chirripo, el cual contiene el punto más alto de Costa Rica con 3.820 metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar, se encuentra localizado cerca de la ciudad de San Isidro del General, aproximadamente 60 millas al sur-este de la ciudad de San José. La ruta principal al parque se encuentra por la cuidad de San Gerardo de Rivas, hacia el nor-este. Las partes mas altas del parque por lo general se encuentran cubiertaa por las nubes, haciendo el ambiente húmedo y mojado, con constante rocío cayendo del cielo. En la zona mas norte se pueden apreciar ejemplos del páramo, vida tropical de altas elevaciones. Además el parque cuenta con ambientes montañosos, ofreciendo excelentes posibilidades para el florecimiento de la vida silvestre, ideal para fotografía natural.

Los animales mas comúnes en estas áreas son coyotes, jaguares, conejos, ranas, quetzales, buhos y muchos otros.

Chirripo es además una de las pocas áreas para escalo técnico de montaña.

El parque experimenta grandes variaciones de temperatura, puede estar cálido a 24° y bajar al punto de congelamiento en las noches.

Los cambios de altura entre el punto mas bajo y el más alto son tan severos como para producir malestares de altura, particularmente si la estadía posterior fue en algún lugar de bajas alturas como las playas de Costa Rica

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