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Cerro Chato

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Urbana, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was a ridiculous experience. In a good way, I guess. We did it in July. It was constantly raining. The trail is a lot of roots on a very steep slope. While we were there, there was a river going down the trail because of all the raining, so it was pretty tough. We didn't have any dry spot... More

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Southern California
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I (both 60-ish) did the Cerro Chato hike from the Arenal Observatory side in early May. Luckily it was a dry, clear day. I wouldn't have wanted to do this in the rain, because (obviously) the climb would have been even muddier underfoot, and the view is one of the main reasons for doing it in the... More

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Aspley Guise, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was alternating torrential rain and fog, visibility was so poor I walked into a cow and my first sight of the lagoon I was nearly in it. I am still trying to work out why I enjoyed it, but I really really did. Part of it was being entirely by myself (I set off from the car park at... More

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Washington, DC
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

After seeing pictures of the lagoon and hearing other people’s descriptions of the hike, I added this activity to our group’s itinerary as I thought it would be fun, a good way to see some nature and some great views of Arenal volcano. However, from my research I could not get a clear idea on which was the best side... More

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Bay Shore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I felt like Indiana Jones on this hike. Yes it's more advanced than a walk up the hill and if you want to get to the Green Lagoon be prepared to use some handy ropes to get you down about a 10' drop. The "hike" is more of a steady uphill climb through roots and steps after the first 25... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Beware of sales booth just prior to Arenal Lodge entrance. Three of us, all in shape, completed a1 hour hike one day and planned to return to complete the Cerro Chato hike on another day. Paid $10 each. Sales person, Roman, sold it as "no problem and feel free to return." When we did return, we had our tickets and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I worked in Costa Rica for 3 months and traveled all over the country. I did the hike twice and it's my favorite one in the country. The first time I went with other tour guides it was very cloudy. When I made it to the top I could not see the lagoon, or Volcano Arenal right next door. Although... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Like many of the reviews state, you must be in good shape and prepared to test your body's limits. My boyfriend and I were not in the best shape, so although we were able to complete it, our muscles ached and locked up for days afterward. I was worse off than he was (took about a week for my leg... More

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Regina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Decided to do this hike with a friend despite the fact that it was raining a bit in the morning. Unfortunately it continued to rain the entire day and was extremely foggy, which meant we couldn't see the amazing views. The lagoon was also really cold so we couldn't swim. The hike itself wasn't too hard (probably because the lack... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Awesome hike, start at 8:00, 90 minutes to top, 10 minutes to lagoon. Very well mapped trail. The only thing is that when it's cloudy up, the view is significantly less "majestic" ;)

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