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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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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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A huge amount of fun.... hike, scramble, climb, swim!

We climbed the Cerro Chato from the Green Lagoon Well Being Lodge. Parking is free, but you have to pay to climb the trail if you are not staying at the Lodge. The trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Janine C
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We climbed the Cerro Chato from the Green Lagoon Well Being Lodge. Parking is free, but you have to pay to climb the trail if you are not staying at the Lodge. The trail starts nice and easy.... gravel, moving on to grassy track before becoming a more challenging climb / scramble up the clay / muddy track through the... More 

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Ottawa, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very worried about this hike given how difficult everyone said it was. I'm 24 and have been in better shape, but I'm not in awful shape now (can run maybe 1.5 miles now without stopping, whereas I used to be able to run 10). I did not need to be worried. For me, the hike was completely doable.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very strenuous climb, some hiking, and then nowhere to actually get in the water. Beautiful views but not quite what we expected. To climb down to the lagoon you are straight up climbing down a cliff which was rather scary

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Thank unc2003
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an awesome hike that we took from right near the Fortuna waterfall. It cost $12/person, which seems a little ridiculous to us coming from Colorado, but it was a hard hike that took most of the day. The trail starts pretty vertical, although on a road for a while. After a half mile or so vertical you start... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of our favorite things we did in Costa Rica! My boyfriend and I are in shape but we have been known to split a pizza rather than work out some nights. After we read the reviews we were unsure if we should get a guide or do it alone. We ended up doing it alone and were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hike is very worth it but pretty difficult. Bring water! We brought 1.5L a person and that was a good amount for us. There is a lot of up hill at the beginning and it's a rainforest so it gets slick. I would suggest wearing hiking boots. I got hot wearing pants and switched to shorts. The shorts weren't... More 

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Thank Jennifer E
Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked Cerro Chato from the entrance near La Fortuna waterfall. The entrance fee was $12 per person, and it only included coming down the same trail we went up. We were told if we wanted to hike down the opposite side to the observatory would cost additional money, but we weren't told how much. This was a difficult hike... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Definitely underestimated just how tough this hike is. We did it in June, so the weather was hot and humid which didn't help. The way up is challenging but really satisfying. There are some great views and it's wonderful to be walking through such deep rainforest. We also saw an anteater and a caoti, as well as plenty of birds... More 

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Thank Nicole S
India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

We accessed this hike from Arenal Observatory. It is fairly strenuous and it took us almost 5 hours round trip because we hiked down to the lake. The last 30 mins hiking down to the crater can be quite a challenge for those who aren't accustomed to hiking the rain forest. The trail itself is well marked so it shouldn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

No need for a tour guide on this one! You can get to the trail from the Arenal Observatory and the cost is $10 per pereon. They will give you a map. There are two great view points; one of the volcano and then one of the lake. Though somewhat tiring, this hike was fairly easy and fun. You can... More 

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