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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 1-844-479-8200
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna
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Hiking Tour at Cerro Chato Hill

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Great hike but challenging . Amazing view if it cloudy

It's a challenging hike. Don't do it if it's raining a lot as it will be too muddy. It drizzled a bit now and then and was really muddy. It's a fun hike though. A challenge but if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marjo G
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a challenging hike. Don't do it if it's raining a lot as it will be too muddy. It drizzled a bit now and then and was really muddy. It's a fun hike though. A challenge but if you're lucky like we were, when we arrive at the crater it was clear. So cool to think that you're in the... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with my boyfriend up this ~1.5 to 2 hour hike. People are not exaggerating when they say it's muddy. The path is easy for the first 1/4th or so, but then you are climbing roots and getting filthy. Not a problem at all if you are prepared for that. We did it in tennis shoes that we were... More 

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Thank Ryan K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The trail was a bit muddy and challenging in spots but nothing a few spry hikers with good footwear can't tackle in less than 4 hours. Hiking through the clouds was a lot of fun, but highly recommend going on a clear day, if this exists in La Fortuna. Regardless, pack some snacks, a few water bottles, a swimsuit, and... More 

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Thank leprachaun76
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are experienced hikers, so we really were looking forward to this 5-6 hours hike. But it turned out to be a big disappointment. This is not hiking, this is mid-crawling. It didn't rain, but it had in the night before. The trail becomes one big mud slide. But besides that, it's a pointless hike. There are no animals, there... More 

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Thank TreborWest
Buckingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Park up at the Observatory Lodge (only $10 entry) and head to the viewing platform at the back of the hotel before starting the hike - really good view of Arenal there! Make sure you do this hike early in the morning and on a clear day, as it would be near enough impossible and pretty dangerous to do it... More 

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Thank Natalie W
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike was not fun. It was raining, so that maybe had something to do with it. But it was beyond difficult and pretty dangerous. After 3 hours, we got to the top which was just a lagoon. Nothing to see (again cloudy and rainy, not the lagoons fault). Due to all the mud, it took us another 3 hours... More 

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Walnut Creek, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide book said this 4 hour hike would be steep and muddy. There were not lying! We had rain off and on during our visit so the trails were muddy and some portions were very steep. Most people should have no problem but a decent level of fitness is needed. We saw a sloth and toucans during our hike.... More 

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Frederiksberg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike is amazing! You're walking up the side of the volcano through the jungle, it is a tough hike due to the steepness and the humidity! We were 5 friends in good physical condition and in the beginning of our 20s, so consider your physical abilities before commencing the hike! I think we spent 4 hours round trip, with... More 

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Thank Benedikteln
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the most challenging hike because of the uncertainty of the terrain and weather conditions. It is gorgeous! Make sure you are prepared because once you get started the endorphins kick in and you just keep going and going. The reward is the lagoon! No words can describe the beauty and peace of mind of this rainforest volcano adventure!

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Thank wynknutrition
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At Observatory lodge Beware 1 ::: Make sure to enter the gate where a gentleman makes you pay 10$/person + gives you a map. Because there is another guy that will stop you 30 meters before saying his trail goes to Cerro Chato but it's not true. It was the trail few years ago before the Observatory Lodge's trail. Beware... More 

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