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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
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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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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“green lagoon” (32 reviews)
“great hike” (29 reviews)
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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
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+506 2479 7700
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

This Hike up the Cerro Chato is well worth the effort. The beautiful lake in the center of the volcano is a must see.

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Reviewed December 28, 2016

Amazing! Hands down one of the best things I have done in Costa Rica. You do not need a guide as the trail is easy to follow. However, you do need to be very fit. I run ultramarathons and rock climb and even I wondered...More

Thank Catherine P
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Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

We all made it to the lake but I'd only recommend it for those with decent shoes (keens or boots) and willingness to get wet and dirty. I had rain gear which was nice because it rained hard most of our hike. It is much...More

Thank Karen F
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Reviewed December 23, 2016

We went from the Arenal entrance near the place that does hanging bridges and ziplining. Entrance was $10 (I think), and the guy at the booth was really helpful, and was chatting to everyone as they returned, and was clearly keeping an eye on whether...More

Thank Brya M
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Reviewed November 11, 2016

The trail starts at the Green Well Being Resort where you need to buy your entrance ticket for 12 USD it is for free if you stay there. The trail is not a hike it is really extremely difficult hike. It last between 4-5hours depending...More

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed October 24, 2016

Hiked to the top of Cerro Chato and back down with a tour guide. Our guide was awesome and fun to have around -- but I don't think you necessarily need one. We are in fairly good shape, and would rate this as a very...More

Thank Tara G
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Reviewed October 5, 2016

I did not quite enjoy the fact that to hike the trail to the cerro chato on your own you have to pay a 12$ fee per person. The trail is not well maintained and there are some difficult parts where you have to climb....More

Thank Camilla Z
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Reviewed September 21, 2016

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...More

2  Thank chiquibabe
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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...More

2  Thank justin143143
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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...More

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antormarchi
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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
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