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Cerro Chato

Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: Volcanos, Outdoors
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Type: Volcanos, Outdoors
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is not a hike to take unless you are an experienced hiker. Although it's only about 2 km one way, the elevation gain is about 700 meters and the trail is quite difficult to navigate. We couldn't see anything from the top as it was completely covered in cloud. Our guide said that he has good views only 1... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Be prepared with good walking shoes or better yet, hiking boots. Leave your sandals at the hot springs. Bring extra water, snacks and trecking pole/s and leave early to avoid heat and torrential rainfall. Then all you have to do is enjoy the scenery, but don't be disappointed if you don't see the lagoon as it happens pretty regularly. Avoid... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Lots of people ask how doable this hike is. As long as you take your time and be careful, most people in reasonable shape should be able to complete the hike. Nothing on the trail is impossible to get past but is just dependent on how patient, careful, and determined you are to do the hike. HOWEVER...I would not recommend... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The trail is not that difficult if you are fit, but there is a lot of erosion on the trail so be prepared to a lot of mud and to be disapointed at the top since clouds are a more than regular occurence.

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Coimbra, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We did it in the end of the rain season, so the access to the lake was quite hard, and all the way was a bit muddy. If you are not in shape, it can be challenging, to say the least. Bring good shoes and water. When you finish this hike, you'll feel amazing for your accomplishment, specially, if you... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a crazy hike. It's less than 2 miles long so you think how can this take 4 hours to go up and down??? If you don't exercise or hike, don't bother but if you do it will be a rewarding fun experience depending on your skill level. The entire climb you felt as though you were an ant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a great hike with beautiful scenery. All of the reviews say it's very difficult... I guess it depends on where you live and what you do for fun. It's less strenuous than a 14er(14,000 ft mountain hikes)but if you are moderately active and like climbing it's a great inexpensive hike. Go to the Arenal observatory gate and it's... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This hike is a tough one, but one to be proud of. The country is beautiful and this is a great outdoor activity that won't break the budget, if looking to keep expenses low whilst vacationing. The volcano hike is well marked and with a lovely look-out spot up to the top. You can even snap a shot of the... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Climbed up to Cerro Chato this morning. Had no idea how difficult this would be. Started at 7:30 AM. The short walk towards the mountain gives the illusion that the hike is pleasant....NOT! Both my husband and I are in good shape (or so we thought), still, we found it very hard. Luckily we made it back whole, in spite... More 

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Colorado
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190 reviews 190 reviews
37 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My husband and I did the Cerro Chato hike from the Arenal Observatory Lodge one way to Green Lagoon and then back into La Fortuna. We took a taxi from out hotel to to the Arenal Observatory Lodge (~30-45 minutes) first thing in the morning when they opened, and the entire hike with breaks took us about 6 hours to... More 

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