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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Totally crazy, but so much fun!

My husband and I were looking for some adventure and decided to hike up to Cerro Chato today. It was amazing! We are both in good shape and I would definitely not recommend it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were looking for some adventure and decided to hike up to Cerro Chato today. It was amazing! We are both in good shape and I would definitely not recommend it for the non athletic people. The first part takes about 30 mins and is a walk in the park compared to the rest. Once you get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This was a rewarding hike that I was pleased to take. It is not as difficult as everyone seems to suggest. We were told that it would take approximately 2 hours, but it took us little over 1 hour and it's not like we were rushing to the top. The views are incredible and hiking in the rainforest is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It poured down all the way up and all the way down it made the scramble taxing but rewarding only problem was there was no chance of even a glimpse of the lake but.....Pura Vida as they say

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This hike is a real challenge but the views and experience are excellent. You start by walking through open fields of grazing cattle, then rise up through the trail into the rain forest. Make no mistake - it's like climbing three kilometers of stairs. But it's fun and invigorating. We saw a toucan, humming birds and lizards. We felt so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We're mid 20s, slightly above average fitness. Started at green lagoon lodge, took us 2.5hrs going up and down (+20 mins at the lagoon), we didn't have hiking shoes which would've helped as it was raining half the time and it gets fairly muddy. Couldn't see much because it was very cloudy unfortunately, but it certainly has the potential to... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The first part of the trail was rather tame but the last part was straight up hill. Covered with sweat due to the heat and the uphill climb. Crater lake at the top had good views but wish I had the time to climb the rest of the way down to the bottom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

We hiked early morning with a guide and a small group from the second trail (not Obeservatory Lodge start). The trail gets warm and busy during the morning, so start early.The hike was tough, but if you are in normal shape you kan do do it - and be proud of yourself! We used 1 h 45 min to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Challenging and extremely, if you love the adventure and the nice hiking, you have to try with Cerro Chato !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had a guide who took us up from the Arenal Waterfall side. We started pretty early in the morning, which I would definitely recommend, as we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We were able to spot toucans on the way up, and I found a false coral snake at the top. It was nice that it was... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We hiked up and down to La Fortuna waterfall and then hiked Cerro Chato beginning from the Green Lagoon Lodge. There is an info booth at the waterfall, but that guy didn't have change to buy tickets and didn't speak English so the stop there was a waste. We bought our tickets at the Green Lagoon Lodge. They were pretty... More 

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