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Cerro Chato

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: Volcanos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We took the trail that leaves from the Green Lagoon Lodge which is said to be the longer one. As a sporty couple in their twenties, used to hiking/climbing in the alps we found the trail challenging but not impossible. The way up is steep natural steeps (possible with very fit, hiking experienced kids) and we found the unfamiliar humidity... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This hike was the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. It was also the most difficult hike I have ever been on. For those that choose to do it, I would recommend the following: Bring a good amount of water. Wear propper hiking shoes, this is not something you want to try in sandals. Take into account that this... More

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Helmond, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

When we did the hike it was completely cloudy, rainy and muddy, but still it has been the most spectacular hike we have done in our three weeks of Costa Rica. I would recommend it to everybody who considers himself to be a fit creature! You don't need to be Indiana Jones for this hike, but a good pair of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Where good shoes, pack light, carry water and energy food,wear your bathing suit, and anticipate to get dirty. We went during the wet season so we dealt with mud. It took us a total of four hours but worth it. It's beautiful. There are two parts to the hike. You first climb up then you can walk around the volcano... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We did this hike from and back to the Arenal Observatory Lodge - my kids are 8 at 10 and my husband and I are 46. Let me say this is a tough hike. It is at least a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes from the lodge to the starting point of the volcano. It took us about 8 from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We hiked from the observatory lodge side. The walk to the base of Cerro chato is easy. The hike up to the viewpoint over the lagoon is very difficult. Took us two hours and we are in pretty good shape. When you get to the top from the lodge side look to the left and there a sign and trail... More

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New Berlin, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

5 of us tackled the volcano hike, and somewhat surprised we made it. Few of us rather out of shape, and normally would not have considered such a hike. being there though, surrounded by such beauty, we just had to do it. No doubt, significant challenge. Very steep, and with the rain also very muddy. Persistance won out, and 2... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My friend and I hiked the two parks on a Sunday without rain. The waterfalls are a separate park/fee but pretty neat to see. It is definitely developed and easy access. We only spent about 30min in the park before hiking just up the road to Cero Chato Lagoon. Unfortunately we discovered that a separate entrance fee was required (another... More

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New Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My boyfriend and I hiked this in early May 2014. I had read mixed reviews of difficulty regarding this hike, so we were prepared for pretty much anything. I would not say either of us exercise regularly but we are both at healthy weights and are active. This was a pretty difficult hike for us but it was well worth... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We took the hike via observation lodge side, it was pouring rain and it was myself, my wife and 3 teenagers, 17-18-19. All were skeptical to ascend on such a rainy day with pour visibility, but as the climb got harder and more challenging it seemed to ignite the fire inside and everyone wanted to reach the rim! We did... More

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