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Cerro Chato

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Mission Viejo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I did this hike together on our honeymoon. He's in better shape then I am, and even has asthma, and I'm not super active but we both made it to the top with a few rest periods. Shoutout to our guide Edwin who was so great and informative! I know some people like to go on their... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I went on this hike with my boyfriend and we're in reasonably good shape and both enjoy hiking whenever we go away. The thing that really got us was that typically hiking trails are slightly overrated so if people say that the trail is moderate, it may not be all that bad. It's said to make sure you bring water... More

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62 reviews 62 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This hike was incredibly challenging and full of lots of obstacles. There is a lot of uphill using quite a bit of your cardio, but you will have to use climbing skills at one point too! When we went there was lots of mud and the trail was quite slippery. Don't expect coming out of this hike clean, you will... More

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Santa Barbara
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We expected the reviews to exaggerate the difficulty of this hike. They didn't. It is a challenge. My husband and I are both in our early 30s and generally fit (bike commute and do day hikes in California, he's a surfer), and we both found it challenging (me moreso). When we started the hike (around 10:30 am from the Green... More

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Montreal, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

After hiking the Arenal volcano (which frankly, was not much of a hike at all), I was pretty disappointed and was looking for a more challenging hike. I had heard that the Cerro Chato was quite difficult, so I booked a tour on a whim with Lavalandtours with Julio Porras. He has a little office in La fortuna and only... More

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Darmstadt, Germany
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15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

As a young couple, we found this hike quite challenging. The way up consists of going up in the rainforest which can be quite muddy. You have to use your hands to pull you up using the trees at many points. In the end, you have to be lucky to see the volcane Arenal at the top. If the weather... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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

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

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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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