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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna

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Fantastic hike, worth the schlep

We are both pretty fit, and hike a lot, but were worried about doing this hike as we'd heard it was very difficult and should not be done without a guide. We ignored this and went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We are both pretty fit, and hike a lot, but were worried about doing this hike as we'd heard it was very difficult and should not be done without a guide. We ignored this and went for it solo. And I'm so glad we did. We started on the la fortuna end, near a hotel, hiked up in about 1.5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It was amazing. Pity we couldn't see a thing but enjoyed every second of the challenge. According to him " A piece of cake", not to sure about that. My legs are already aching and I am sure tomorrow I will remember every step of the hike. It is not an easy hike by any means, and boots will make... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We hiked Cerro Chato from the La Fortuna waterfall entrance. I can't speak to the experience of hiking from the observatory lodge, but I can say that from the waterfall, this hike was very difficult, even considering I am in good physical shape and have some hiking experience. It took about 2.5 hours of climbing up steep, muddy jungle (in... More 

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tellysurf
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a great hike (and climb), but you need to be aware of what you are getting into. While I can't speak for the trail that departs from the Arenal Observatory Lodge (near El Castillo), I can assure you the trail that departs from the La Fortuna Waterfall is a tough hike. To call it "strenuous" is underselling the... More 

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San Bernardino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Early on in my trip planning I learned of Cerro Chato. Immediately I knew I wanted to climb it along with my husband and 12 children. With no previous hiking experience, we set out one morning during our stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge and never looked back. Hands down-- one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done! We... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Really would like to give this 3.5 stars. I'm glad I did it, but it was a lot more challenging than I expected. It's probably not a hike I would do again unless I was visiting CR with someone else who really wanted to do it. However it is a memory that I expect will stay with me for life.... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

While we enjoyed the hike, we definitely felt that people downplayed how tough it is!! You spend most of the hike climbing up stairs cut into the mud and roots which was pretty exhausting. Once at the top, you need to hike down from the vista to reach the lake in the crater which was beautiful and totally worth the... More 

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East Hampton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It had been raining so much that the guide said that it could take up to 8 hours roundtrip to Cerro Chato. Additionally, we were told that taking an 8 year old on that hike wouldn't be wise. We opted for the Lava hike (1992 lava flow) instead, which is located near the Cerro Chato trailhead. We hired Saul to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A friend and I hiked Cerro Chato July of 2015. It was definitely a challenging hike as many people have stated but it was so worth it! The day we hiked was pretty cloudy and when we reached the top, you couldn't see the lagoon at first so we opted to make the climb into the crater and I can't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

but it was to be walking through a rainforest. The hike in itself is quite difficult because its a non steep walk and the mud especially after a rin makes it much more challenging. But if you take your time and watch your steps, its doable. Make sure to bring plenty of water and some snacks as you will burn... More 

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