We jumped off a red-eye flight, drove 3 hours, dropped our bags and headed for Cerro Chato. HOLY CRAP! I've been hiking pretty often for the last 8 years and this was easily the most difficult hike I've ever experienced and may ever experience. It's hard from the first step to the very last step. There is so much to see and going through the rainforest and into the clouds was amazing. We got to the lake and were disappointed because it was so cloudy. You could see about 50 feet out before it tuned into the abyss. They say it takes 4 hours but we finished it in a little over 3.
Do it. You'll hate how hard it is but you'll feel so incredibly accomplished by the end, you'll be so thankful you did.
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