You can gain some elevation and venture through temperate forests before you arrive at Chirripó National Park, which at 3,820 metres (12,530 ft) is Costa Rica’s highest peak.

Chirripó is the 38th most prominent peak in the world. In terms of Holdridge life zones, the park can be categorized into five ecosystems: lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest and subalpine wet forest (páramo). Most of the park consists of both primary rain forests and primary cloud forests. Around 9,000 ft (2,740 m) it changes to wet desert.

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