CRC Daily: Places we want to visit in 2021

The end of 2020 has us looking ahead to next year.

Happy December! As 2020 finally draws to a close, we’re already looking ahead to 2021. We’ll make resolutions eventually, but for now, here are the places in Costa Rica we’re most looking forward to visiting next year.

Chirripó National Park

What it is: At 3,821 meters (12,536 feet) above sea level, the peak of Mount Chirripó is Costa Rica’s highest point. Most visitors summit in two days and spend at least one night at the rustic Crestones Base Camp before a sunrise hike to the top. From there, you can see the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea on clear days; even when you can’t, you’re often above a layer of clouds.

Why we’re excited: The park recently reopened after authorities improved the base camp. The building now features panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. In addition to Chirripó itself, numerous trails starting at the base camp are available for hikers with a little leftover energy.

Turrialba Volcano National Park

What it is: An active volcano that would make an excellent day trip from San José — if eruptions ceased and visiting were safe.

Why we’re excited: Good news! Costa Rican authorities have decided the volcano is now safe enough to visit. (Hard hats are required, and those will surely keep you safe in the event of an eruption.) Turrialba Volcano National Park will reopen this month for the first time in eight years. The hike promises excellent views of the Central Valley as guests approach the active crater.

Islas Murciélago

What it is: An archipelago located in northwest Costa Rica that’s part of Santa Rosa National Park.

Why we’re excited: The protected waters surrounding the Bat Islands are an excellent scuba diving destination and are a must-visit for experienced divers who can’t afford a trip to Isla del Coco. A site nicknamed the “Big Scare” is among the best spots in Costa Rica to see bull sharks — they’re known to circle groups of divers during the descent. OK, maybe we’re a little less “excited” and a little more, ahem, terrified.

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Costa Rica news headlines

  • President Carlos Alvarado spoke with US President-elect Joe Biden, the Costa Rican leader said. The two conversed about COVID-19, climate change and economic recovery.

  • Costa Rican leaders have yet to announce coronavirus measures/restrictions for December. We expect they’ll do so today during their afternoon press conference.

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