San Gerardo

San Gerardo is located on the slopes bordering Chirripó National Park at an altitude of 1350 meters above sea level. The average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. Annual rainfall is over 4000 millimeters.

The seasons are well defined in this zone; the dry season is typically shorter than the rainy season. Dry season, or summer, begins towards the end of December and finishes around April.

In March, relative humidity is at its lowest, near 75% while in July, October and December it averages 90%.

The patron saint of the community is Saint Gerardo, patron of pregnant women and children.

The principal celebration of the community is the race in Chirripó National Park which is typically organized for the third Saturday of February. The celebration for the patron saint is in the beginning of December.

In San Gerardo there is a temporary clinic provided by the Social Security which meets the medical needs of residents of the community, there is also a primary school, a church, a community plaza, and community gymnasium with kitchen installations.

Due to the proximity to Chirripó National Park, tourism plays a major role in the community. Agriculture is also prevalent, including coffee, produce, ornamental plants and milk production.


The community was founded in the 1940's. The first settlers were Porfirio Fonseca, Renelio Vargas and Jose Elizondo. Don Porfirio and Don Renelio first lived in what is now the center of town and Don Jose lived approximately one kilometer from the center. Other noteworthy founders are Joaquin Marin, Vinicio Vargas, Ramon Quiros and Teofilo Urena.

The name of our community was given by Don Jose Elizondo Chinchilla, a devotee to Saint Gerardo, who brought an image to his farm Montevideo and constructed a chapel there. People came to this small temple to pay their devotions and later a plaster statue was mounted in the place where the restaurant Roca Dura now stands.

In the past, the children of San Gerardo traveled more than four kilometers to reach the school in Canaan because in this town there were neither educational nor religious facilities. The elementary school was constructed in the 1960's and the church was built a short time later.

Electricity arrived recently, in the decade of the 80's and was installed in homes and businesses.

The original roads were only accessible to horses, animals and people, and not adequate for vehicles.

The first vehicle to arrive in San Gerardo was a Jeep Willy, property of Marco Tulio Elizondo who lived in Canaán. This was in the 1940's when the roads were mere trails.

Today, this community is known to be one of the friendliest and most beautiful in Pérez Zeledón and thousands of tourists visit annually to enjoy the scenery and hospitality of the residents.

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