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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 1-844-479-8200
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After reading the reviews my wife and I had our doubts. But after doing it we felt compelled to share our love for this gem with everyone we met. It's not easy, but is perfectly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Knoxville, TN
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Knoxville, TN
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

After reading the reviews my wife and I had our doubts. But after doing it we felt compelled to share our love for this gem with everyone we met. It's not easy, but is perfectly doable. GPS had a total of 5 miles roundtrip from the green lagoon lodge. It had been raining, did rain, and was still no problem.... More 

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Seville, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The hike is really good, the place is scenic and just beautiful with tons. of vegetation and generally not too hot. But be advised, this is an extreme trail: you will be hiking/climbing through the natural trail created by water falling down from the volcano. It has only been lightly adapted, with some logs acting as stairs from time to... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Loved this hike! Beautiful through the rainforest trees - but not easy! Make sure you are in decent shape to hike for 2hrs with no "real" trail - just following a path of tree roots and wood slats. The view from the top is gorgeous, and you can swim in the lagoon at the top. But I would recommend packing... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

When you complete the cerro chato hike you will feel very accomplished. It was a must do for me and I loved every minute of it. I went early morning and it was raining, so it was very muddy and difficult at times but totally worth it. I had a guide with me so he was able to point out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Went on this hike with my husband and sister on our vacation. I want to start by saying I am fairly in shape. I run (completed half marathon this year), exercise often, and hike some. I have hiked in other national parks in Costa Rica with no problem. Rio Celeste, Monteverde Cloud Forrest, and other parts of the National park... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My daughter and I did this hike with Steven of Canoa Adventures. We had a blast hiking through ankle deep mud in anything from mist to pouring down rain on May 26, 2015. We quickly stopped trying to find dry or firm places to plant our feet and instead just surrendered to the mud. Steven's socks, however, were still white... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We went on a day that wasn't raining and it was a great trek. It took us 1.5 hrs to get up. The best thing to do is leave early in the morning and start around 8am, so then the day is more clear and there's less chance of rain, also it's cooler at that time as it will be... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The following is all from the view point of an overweight american male. pros: 1. its beautiful. the beginning has panoramic views coming from the waterfall side. the second half is in pretty jungle. best view of arenal on a clear day and the lake is stunning. 2. sense of accomplishment 3. bragging rights - swimming inside an old volcano... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My friend and I had done several hikes in Costa Rica and this was by far the hardest. The "path" isn't really a path more of a windy, STEEP bunch of dirt. DO NOT hike if there is any chance of rain - we almost got stuck in a mud slide. The hike up is around 3 hours and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a good challenging hike (need reasonable fitness levels in order to climb up) and thoroughly enjoyable. Went there really early in the morning to avoid the blazing sun and ready to hike up just after 8 am. Most part is an uphill walk with some steep steps along the way and took around an hour to get to... More 

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Address: Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 1-844-479-8200
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park

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