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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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US$85.00*
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna
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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna
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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

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Challenging, but rewarding hike

We are in our 40s and in pretty good shape and this hike was tough. At the top of the volcano, in the crater is a gorgeous green lagoon that you can swim in. It generally takes 5... read more

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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are in our 40s and in pretty good shape and this hike was tough. At the top of the volcano, in the crater is a gorgeous green lagoon that you can swim in. It generally takes 5 to 6 hours round trip. Start early so you're off the volcano before it gets dark and before the afternoon rain comes... More 

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Bodegraven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did it! I personally underestimated the hike. We started really early at the green lodge where we bought access for the area-12 dollar pp (green lodge is a litte higher than the tickets for the waterfall). The first meters are easy to walk, sure it goes up pretty quick but the trail is simple. You can rest at 2... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went via the Green Lagoon near the Rio La Fortuna waterfalls to gain entry to The Cerro Chato trail. We had to pay 13,000 colonies per couple to the Green Lagoon and they sent us on our way. Amazing hike, but you definitely need a good level of fitness and decent shoes to tackle it! It's super steep, quite... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the hike around 3 weeks ago and it was 44 degrees on that day which was the hottest day Costa Rica had seen in a year. The hike starts off from the end of one of the Arenal lodge trails and immediately ramps up in gradient following a roughly marked out path until that disappears and you basically... More 

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Campbellton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very disappointed to find the Cherro Chato trail closed. Apparently local guides were using this as a starting point to take vistors to the top of Arenal Volcano which is dangerous. Check for opening before planning your day! Disappointing.

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Thank chelseyrobb
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did the tour, actually it was not as hard as I was expecting. Maybe because i hike a lot and difficult places. If you are not in shape or ready to get dirty don't do it.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the full day tour with red lava from la Fortuna. We had a great day. The hike is a little strenuous, but the distance isn't that much. The most difficult part was the climb down to the crater and back up, where you need to use both hands and feet to get along. The swim in the... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cerro Chato is an amazing hike... But... It is extreme. It is a very technical hike there is no real trail. You are hiking up old lava flows that are now where the water runs off the hill. It is VERY steep and many times you need to grab roots/rock ledges to pull yourself up. Going down is even more... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike is steep and super muddy if it's raining (unfortunately we were only 1/4 of the way when the rain started, but we were on a mission). Bring some good hiking shoes and a rain coat for sure. If you're up for the challenge (2+ hours), it was well worth being immersed in the middle of the rain forest.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Difficult climb of 2 hours up but more than worth it. Vertical. Not like walking on switchback paths. Beautiful view. Don't let being tired from climb prevent you from going down to lake. If you come from observatory lodge No sign at top, go to left to swim in lake. The route down, and back up is quite vertical. Be... More 

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