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Address: 300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-2479-7700
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GreenLagoon Arenal Nature Conservancy Park & Gardens is a private Park,...

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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Insane Hike, must do it!

We were only staying in la Fortuna for 2 days. So besides looking at Arenal volcano, we wanted to do something else. We knew there were hikes and waterfalls, but when we heard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Barbara, Carpinteria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were only staying in la Fortuna for 2 days. So besides looking at Arenal volcano, we wanted to do something else. We knew there were hikes and waterfalls, but when we heard about this hike, we agreed, we had to do it. The reward of swimming in a crater is priceless! How hards can this be? Oh Lord! this... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a really freaking hard hike. We made it up and into the crater to the water, the last part going down inside the crater was dangerous - slippy, 70 degree incline, I bet people get hurt at it. We saw no wildlife, and doubt you see much. The clouds obscured the views. We wouldn't do it again. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

This is a full day hike so you need water and probably some food -- we packed a lunch. To get to the trail head, drive to Arenal Eco Lodge. Turn south onto the gravel road at the far end of Lake Arenal dam bridge (closest to La Fortuna -- turn just before the bridge). Travel for about 20 minutes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We took a taxi from La Fortuna to the Waterfall (1 $ per person) and started to climb the Cerro Chato from there. Luckily we did not book a guided tour - you can perfectly do this tour by yourself. Hiking uphill is quite exhausting, but you can easily manage it if you're a young person with average fitness. It... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

You can do this hike without paying for the guide (although you must still pay an admission fee from either location), but a guide that can teach you about the local flora and fauna and add a lot of interest. There are two starting places for this hike: the Arenal Observatory Lodge, and the Green Lagoon. The AOL is cheaper... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

This attraction is for people in good physical shape; the 6 miles up are hard and the way also requires a lot of skills, it was a great experience, the views and the lagoon is awesome!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

I climbed cerro chato solo at the beginning if June while my friends rested in la fortuna. So glad I decided to make the effort! As mentioned in other posts there are 2 routes to the crater, one via the observatory and one via green lagoon. I decided to walk from la fortuna via the green lagoon simply to avoid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This short but killer hike is well worth the payoff. How often to you get to swim in an old volcano? The trail is very well marked and takes around 2 hours for a fit individual to get to the top. For a rule of thumb, if it takes you 30 minutes to get to the snack shack on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Be prepared, this is one hell of a hike!! Also not the easiest to actually find! 2.5 hour up, 2 hours down and it's not just up hill, but climbing up using rope, it's muddy, in the hot hot rainforest. However when you get to the top drenched with sweat the view of the green lagoon and volcano is excellent.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I hiked Cerro Chato through a Bike Arenal tour. Was great to have transportation to and from included plus a guide but it is definitely not necessary. Some friends even walked the 2-3 miles from our hostel to the trailhead, hiked, then hitchhiked back. Four hours round trip of strenuous, muddy hiking. Trail is very obvious. Definitely swim in the... More 

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