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Cerro Chato

Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: Volcanos, Outdoors
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Miami, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Why repeat the obvious. It is not an easy walk. There is mud. There are a lot of exposed roots. It is steep. And finally it’s a tough downhill at the lagoon. But…. It is definitely worth it. Seeing Arenal Volcano was breathtaking. And it was not just the hike that was breathtaking. You get a whole new perspective of... More 

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Playas del Coco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

If you don't mind mud and physical contact with nature, then you'll love the Cerro Chato hike, you can't get any closer to nature than here and will be surprised by it's beauty no matter what the weather conditions are! Too bad you can't get there without passing private property (and therefore have to pay access right). The Arenal Observatory... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I did this hike mid-march. We do alot of hiking in the Rocky Mountains near where we live but this one was still challenging due to the different terrain and how steep it was. I enjoyed scrambling up tree branches and through mud to get to the top. And climbing almost straight down to the lake was... More 

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NYC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

I'm not athletic nor am I hiker, but I am healthy and more fit than I give myself credit for (it's another excuse to vegetate). However, my super athletic, outdoorsey friend who is an experienced hiker and climber talked me into hiking Cerro Chato because, "everyone should see the crater of a volcano." I cannot believe I fell for that... More 

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Boston, MA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012 via mobile

I was definitely mixed on this hike. On the plus side, it was nowhere near as exhausting as some people have said. I'm 53 and in good shape but It wasn't too bad and we definitely saw people older and not in great shape. The hike wasn't beautiful although the weather wasn't great. The last 120m from the peak to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

OHH MY GOD!!!! What a very challenging extreme hike. My legs were sore for 3 days, and I even am a regular at the gym! We had our entire trip booked for us, so we had a guide with us. Took us safely up and down. There are two ways up to get to the top to see the crater... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Wow - this hike was extreme!!!! I`ve honestly gotta say for someone who never works out, I`m glad I had planned ahead and did bootcamp for 1 month. This hike was hard on the muscles. Carry only water and food - maybe a small towel to wipe that sweat off your face! When the hike is completed, go down to... More 

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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

If your fit, have some hiking experience and enjoy this kind of thing, do it. This is one seriously beautiful hike. We started at the hotel near the waterfall, paid $10. and off we went. We wore breathable clothes and good hiking boots. The trail, once in the forest was steep, all roots and mud. The vegetation was lush and... More 

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tampa, florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

I did a solo hike to the summit and down to the crater in December. Starting from the Arenal Observatory Lodge it took me approx 3 hours roundtrip. There is a fee of $4 at the gate to park at AOL. Unfortunately it was raining during my hike, so not only did it hamper visibility at the summit it also... More 

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I am a female of average fitness level. I work out several times per week and eat right, but I do not consider myself very athletic. This hike was very challenging for me and, while I am glad I did it, I would not do it again. The reward at the end is a beautiful lagoon which was WAY too... More 

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