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Cerro Chato

Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: Volcanos, Nature & Parks
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Stuttgart, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Don't hike up to the lake if it is not completely dry - we had a mud slide! We are experienced hikers but this was soooooooo senseless. We started our hike on a warm day, but it obviously rained the day before and everything was very, very, very!!! muddy!!! The hike itself was not so difficult, but the mud (and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The views are great. I'm very glad I did the hike. The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. If its rainly or particularly cloudy, you might want to skip it, you won't be able to see anything. All that being said. I am a very experienced hike, rock climber, mountaineer... Ignoring the distance, this is the most difficult... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had heard from a few people that this was a MUST do and climbing up a volcano to see a crater lake sounded like a fun idea. We are experienced hikers in pretty decent shape and had done plenty of proclaimed "strenuous" hikes before. After paying our entrance fee we enjoyed the views from the Observatory Lodge and started... More 

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Woodbury, VT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

So, 3 couples, all off us in the neighborhood of 50 yrs old just returned to our rental after hiking Cerro Chato today. First thing to know is directions: you can hike up to the rim of Cerro Chato either from La Fortuna near the waterfalls there, or from the Arenal Observatory Lodge, about 10 km further than the Arenal... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

We are all experienced hikers. After decades hiking mountains in the USA, I found this the most dangerous I've attempted. Decent topo maps are unavailable, so once you leave the clearly marked trails on the observatory property, you're on your own. We had intended to hike over Cerro Chato to the Fortuna Falls, supposedly a five hour hike. We got... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Have to write this fresh off this adventure of today. First off - unless you just love hiking and mud, this hike might not be worth it when it's cloudy and rainy. All you see is the mud and more mud in front of you and no volcanos or pretty emerald lakes. I was sold a Cerro Chato hike combo... More 

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Grafton, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I hiked up Cerro Chato on a rainy day (which happens pretty often in the rain forest ;). The trail was a MUDDY mess, but that's to be expected when it had been raining for the past few weeks. It's a tough hike, pretty much straight up (no switchbacks!). Unfortunetly, when we got to the top the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We were told not to do this hike without a guide as it is challenging and easy to get lost or hurt without a guide who knows the terrain well. I'm glad we listened because it was quite challenging and the path up wasn't obvious. Also, it would have been treacherous if it had been raining as it was a... More 

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roslyn
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The trial to the top is 1540 m or almost a mile in height. The long winding path leading to the top is steep, trecherous, slippery and dangerous. One false step and you can come tumbling down. What is the reward for all this effort is the view of a lagoon which is barely visible with the cloud covers.Periodic rains... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

After reading all of the reviews I was admittedly a little nervous before this trek (I am from flat Florida). The hotel advised us to go with a guide as did several of the reviews. The ONLY reason a guide would have been helpful is at the bottom by the lake to tell you which way to go if you... More 

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