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“Great hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens
300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
506-2479-7700
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Type: Hiking Trails, Parks
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Owner description: GreenLagoon Arenal Nature Conservancy Park & Gardens is a private Park, Trails & Gardens Preserve within its 400 Acre-Property. It is the closest property to the Extinct Cerro Chato Volcano, its Crater's Green Lagoon and the Fortuna Waterfall. There is a $10 Fee charge at the GreenLagoon InfoCenter or at the GreenLagoon Lodge to take this Hiking Tour. Parking facilities at no cost are available at the lodge. The Trails also lead to the Wildlife and Rainforest Preserve within the 400-Acre private property. You will have magnificent Views to Mountains, Arenal Volcano and the Valley of San Carlos here. If you decide to hike to the summit of Cerro Chato, the Lagoon or to the view point of Arenal Volcano at the summit, you will do it under your own risk and responsibility.
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Perth Amboy, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Very nice park. I did the 8hr hike here with a tour company, it was a lot of fun, if your not sure if your up for it. you can also do a shorter hike. The lake, got springs all add to a great day

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East Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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“Great Hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is not an easy hike, so heads up. We hired a guide and did an extended version of some true class IV hiking around the rim and it was so worth it. Nothing like trekking through the rainforest in a downpour with and excellent guide to show you cool plants and their uses every few minutes! If you are a hiker, I recommend this one to you!

Visited August 2013
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“We started at the observatory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Not sure how I got so confused about the Cerro Chato hike but my husband and I started the hike from the Arenal Observatory. There is a "trail" up the volcano and down into the lake but it is not the kind of trail we are used to in the US or even that I have ever seen in CR. It's more like a run off. Very steep up and going down to the lake we were literally hanging off roots and limbs and dropping straight down. When we got to the lake we could see other people swimming directly across from us. We found another "trail" to hike around the lake to where the other people were. They explained to us that they were in a completely different park but the hike in was much easier than what we had just done. We decided to hike out using this park's trail, mainly bc I did not think I would make it back the way we came. This park's trail is well maintained and safe. We even saw a pregnant woman doing it! When we got to the park entrance (and payed them for our use of the park) the receptionist called us a cab to get back to the observatory ($48). I wouldn't do it they way we did it bc of the cost but it's cool to look at pics of cerro chato and be able to say the we hiked completely over it. I would recommend starting and finishing here, going to their waterfall and conservatory. Then if you have extra time go next door and hike to La Fortuna waterfalls (very easy and fast) for a full day.

Visited August 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Good Hike - Quite Difficult in Rainy Season”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It appears as though the recently submitted reviews on this are very consistent - and I tend to agree with them.

This is a hike that is rewarding for both the scenery and the sense of accomplishment when you complete it.

I did this with my 11 year old and 15 year old boys. We did it on our own (no tour guide) and were somewhat time constrained - wanting to make it up and back in about 3 hours. The hike starts innocently enough on nice grassy farmland areas, then it moves into much more difficult 'moguly' hill climbs. About half way through you enter the rain forest, where the path is all uphill, and you are guided by either steps, or tree roots that act like steps. Up Up and Up is the only way this path goes.

We went at the beginning of August - so weather conditions need to be considered. It POURED the day before. This certainly had the path much muddier and even more challenging than it would have been. The rainy season also resulted in the fact that our view from the top was nothing but clouds. No beautiful lagoon. Nothing. Due to our time constraints, we made it to the top but not around or down to the lagoon itself. The hikers that we passed indicated that was perhaps the most treacherous of any part of the hike.

Regarding doing it alone or in a group.... As I said, we did it alone, and it was really nice, and inexpensive, and fast. We did not see any wildlife (except for the cows at the bottom). Perhaps this was due to the fact we had to carefully watch where our feet were planted every step. While a tour guide might have been helpful on this - I would be somewhat careful about this. Make sure that you know that number of people in the group and the physical capacity. You are only as fast as the slowest person in the group - and we saw some people really struggling with this.

In summary - for the physically active folks - this is a nice hike, which on the right days is really enjoyable. On clear days - I suppose it could be spectacular.

Visited August 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Feels like a true rainforest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Like everyone reports, the hike to Cerro Chato is very challenging. Very technical and difficult. But it very much felt like what we anticipated a rainforest should be. Rough and natural with obstacles and awesome sights you don't normally see. We had a white faced monkey put on quite a show leaping from tree to tree as we decended. We won't ever forget that.

Visited August 2013
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