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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 1-844-479-8200
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna
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Hiking Tour at Cerro Chato Hill
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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna

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This hike is TOUGH!!!!

Cerro Chato Hike is not for the begginer hiker. You will use all four of your limbs during this hike. It is long and steep. I hike a lot, but this is tough. It will take you about... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cerro Chato Hike is not for the begginer hiker. You will use all four of your limbs during this hike. It is long and steep. I hike a lot, but this is tough. It will take you about 2 hours up and 1.5 down. I would not suggest going all the way down to the lake. We did it, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was totally unprepared for this climb as I figured it was a leisurely hike up the mountain going up windy paths. Little did I know it was straight up the mountain. We had to use all our limbs to climb up. It took 3.5 hours to get up and 1.5 hours down. You will need a couple days of... More 

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hiking with kids under quite a strong rain. We made it to the top with my sons, youngest of them - 9 years old, but it was big effort for all of us. The way up took us approximately 3 hours 15 minutes, way back 2 hours 40 minutes. The most steep points gave us additional problems due... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this tour as my boyfriend had picked it out. We were not expecting it to be this hard. We were warned that it was 2 hours hiking up and 2 back down. The day we did it it was pouring. The rain forest was very muddy, sliding every where, climbing up, bumping into things. I was also expecting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a bit tougher hike going up and it's really a good idea to take proper hiking shoes and enough water, but it's definitely worth it! Once you're up, you still need to go a bit down to the lake but that's where you get your well deserved refreshing swim! You don't really need a guide for this hike, just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend wanted a challenge and she got one! We hiked on a rainy day and started around 7:45 am. We hiked without a guide and I'm a pretty experienced hiker. The way up to the top isn't bad but a good cardio workout. A good pair of hiking boots is a plus and lots of water like people say... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not let the reviews scare you away. It is a tougher hike, but doable for anyone who is healthy and not afraid to get dirty. We hiked in the rain without a guide, and it took around 4 hours round trip. A couple things to bring to make the hike more enjoyable: water, snacks, durable shoes, swimsuit, towel, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a guided tour. With that said, a guide is not needed as there if basically one way up and one way down and the trail is easy to see. However, if there is any doubt you can make it physically, get a guide. Our guide made our goal to make it to the top his goal. It is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The reviews of Cerro Chato scared some in my group but we continued to ask locals and they all had hiked it so we knew it couldn't be as grueling as some say. We parked at the Arenal Observatory Hotel. It was $10 per person entrance fee but this cut the hike time down significantly. It took us 2 hours... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked from the north side starting from Cerro Chato Lodge.First it's a few kilometers of relaxed walking through the park and when you get to the Cerro Chato trail, get ready to work! The value lies in the trail to get to the top, not the lake itself. The trail is very tough(!!!) but you will walk/climb through some... More 

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