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Cerro Chato

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Phelan, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My wife and I hiked this from the Arenal Observatory Lodge. The first 30 minutes is easy. When you get to the base and start working up it becomes difficult. It was raining which made it very slippery. It is muddy, slippery, difficult areas to climb, and exhausting. When you get to the top it becomes very muddy. You take... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

I am not an experienced hiker so was a bit nervous about the hike based on the reviews here. So glad we did it. We took the Arenal lodge route which supposedly is is the easier route. We came during the rainy season and it was torrential rain on our way up, giving us the sense that we are climbing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

after reading many things online I decided to hike the La Fortuna waterfall and Cerro Chato my first day in Fortuna. I had read many sites that told me they could be done in the same hike. I walked from town to the start of the La Fortuna waterfall hike. Tickets are $10 usd a person. When I was at... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We had an incredible time exploring the beautiful property of Arenal Observatory Lodge, where we started the trek. From there the hike went from a paved path to a dirt road to a muddy uphill scramble. It took us a total of 4 hours (including the side trail down to the emerald lagoon) to complete the hike. You can start... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Who: Three trim 25-year old guys; relatively athletic We started this hike from the Arenal Observatory rather than La Fortuna Waterfall. At the observatory, there is a reception area with wifi, restaurant with an amazing views of the volcano (maybe even better than the view of the volcano from the typical national park hike), clean bathrooms, and indoor sitting areas.... More

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