Río Chirripó Lodge


Our Unique Mountain Lodge


Nestling among wooded hills beside the fast flowing Chirripo River, Rio Chirripo lodge and Yoga Retreat  is a refuge from the pressures of a busy world, a place of refreshment for mind and body. Throughout its grounds the vivid hues of abundant tropical Costarrican flowers and shrubs beguile the eye and enchant the spirit.

The focal point of life at Rio Chirripo Lodge is “the Rancho”, a unique architectural mix of rustic tropical Costa Rica with with hints of Santa Fe, Mexico, the Mediterranean and Bali. Its open spaces have been designed to bring the outside inside. Here you can breathe fresh mountain air as you eat our healthy meals of local produce.

Rio Chirripo Retreat & Lodge is a place where you can get a sense of the eternal, a place for winding down, a place to re-charge batteries, to take delight in spectacular natural surroundings. Come to experience our unique mountain Lodge in Costa Rica – the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

Our Location


Rio Chirripo Lodge is situated at the foothill of the tallest mountain in Costa Rica: The Chirripo Mountain. The lodge is located on ten acres of beautiful river front land in the small rural town of Canaan de Rivas. We are about 3.5 hours south of Juan Santa Maria International Airport and four hours north of the border with Panama. We are 30 minutes east of the city of San Isidro del General in Perez Zeledon and about 1.5 hours to the surfing beach town of Dominical. Our lodge is about half way between the Osa Peninsula and San Jose, if you are heading in either one of those directions by car, we are a good midway point to stop and rest for a few days.

Our altitude is of about 1200 meters from sea level, that is 3700 feet. Click here to see more specific directions on how to get to Rio Chirripo lodge. We highly recommend the recently available flight to San Isidro del general through Sansa flights to get here.

Our services


Rio Chirripo Retreat offers free wi-fi in the common area.

We DON’T have tv in our rooms but for groups that require it, there is one 36” flat screen tv available.

Rio Chirripo Retreat’s staff will do your laundry for $20 a load small load to $40 for a big load.

WE don’t have a restaurant but we do offer meals upon request. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Please see more about our  meals by clicking here.




Costa Rica enjoys two seasons: Rainy and dry season. Rainy season in our area goes from around April to the beginning of December, October being the rainiest month of the year. During this season one can still enjoy sunny mornings but plan indoor activities from 2 pm to 5 pm as mostly the rain falls during those hours. The ideal weather to visit Costa Rica is December, January, February, March and part of April are warm and sunny but being in the mountains we enjoy a cool weather almost year round. The temperatures generally don’t change with the season they go from around 15°C min to 31° C max. The temperature generally drops at night making the evenings cool so be ready with warm clothes for the evenings and light outdoors clothing during the day no matter what season we are in.



Costa Rica is a generally safe place to travel as far as health goes. There is Dengue and Malaria in some low elevation regions in Costa Rica. In Chirripo area, like in many tropical places in the world, there are mosquitoes though not harmful, we recommend the use of environmentally friendly insect repellents. Though tap water is generally safe to drink almost anywhere you go in Costa Rica, bottled water is available everywhere. We have a water filter in our lodge so we recommend refilling your water bottle at the lodge. In the mountains we have a very clean and healthy environment we still recommend people use bug spray and sun screen as the sun can be strong. The nearest hospital from our place is 30 minutes away.


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