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Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7700
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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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300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7700
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Reviewed January 4, 2015

Hike to the crater and swim in the lagoon! We did a hike with La amistad. it was great! We also went to Arenal to hike around the volcanoe.

Thank EasternEuropeAndy
Reviewed January 4, 2015

The grounds are well maintained and the trails are well marked with painted wood trail markers that are clearly marked on the map. The area is a stark contrast to the rain forest with the pines and rainbow eucalyptus trees. We took a short hike...More

Thank dukehuh
Reviewed December 31, 2014

When we arrived in Arenal, we planned to go to the national park to hike but our hotel concierge advised us to go here instead since we are avid hikers. We are so glad he did because it was the best thing we did during...More

1  Thank cabh123
Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I sought out a 'good hike' in La Fortuna, and came up with Cerro Chato. We had not researched it much before going, but we are two experienced hikers and read that it was only a 4-5 hr hike (which we thought...More

Thank DurhamKAB
Reviewed December 1, 2014

Whilst staying in La Fortuna, we decided we wanted to do some hiking, and after looking online we decided to hike up Cerro Chato. We'd read the reviews on tripadvisor beforehand and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive setting off....! The main...More

2  Thank travels_ahoy
Reviewed November 20, 2014

My husband and I are both experienced backpackers, though nothing we've done in the past was quite like this... DO NOT start this trail any later than 2pm in the rainy season! Full warning! We headed up the mountain about that time, with the sun...More

2  Thank mkev
Reviewed November 11, 2014

We read reviews and watched You Tube videos beforehand so we were expecting a challenging hike, but this was tougher than we anticipated. It was only lightly misting when we started out but as we went on the rain became steadier and harder. We made...More

Thank Soon2BeExPats
Reviewed November 9, 2014

quite a hike but so rewarding to get to the top and see the green lagoon! something i will talk about my entire life

1  Thank McKenzie C
Reviewed October 28, 2014

Guy at the hotel desk looked at us as if we were crazy. Said the hike was difficult and he was right. Felt like turning back several times but kept thinking we'd be at the top any second when in fact we weren't half way...More

1  Thank tedm
Reviewed October 26, 2014

Well it said difficult on the tour description but this was a hard one for sure. My husband and I are backpackers and felt experienced enough to sign up. It was appropriate for us but just warning you it's not easy and there were times...More

2  Thank AshleighBiggs-McGee
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Response from travels_ahoy | Reviewed this property |
We climbed Cerro Chato about a month ago, and started on the Arenal Observatory side before coming down the La Fortuna waterfall side. To get to either starting point you'll probably want a car/taxi - you can walk to the... More