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Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Cerro Chato is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park, and the access to this wonderful sector, is made trough a private property, called Green Lagoon, that charge $10, and then ILLEGALLY you visit the National Park, that according to the management plan, do not permit visits on this area, because the fragility of the ecosystem. Is hard to rate this, because the lagoon and the forest inside the national park is wonderful, but when you learn, that somebody is doing money without supporting conservation, because the money that you pay, is not going to be used for maintain the National Park, and you do NOT have this information, then is difficult to recommend.

1  Thank carcalumo
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CerroChato, Public Relations Manager at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Dear Hiker,
I am very greatful for you comments, since alike GreenLagoon you express a genuine interest for Nature Protection and the National Park Systems. Please allow me to share with you the facts in relation to statements made in this review. Cerro Chato ANC Park's Owners, where ANC stands for Arenal Nature Conservation, has a deep conviction and commitment for the Wellness of Nature, that is wellness of the Forests, the Wildlife, The Water Springs, The Soil, and of course The Wellness of Humankind that Visit and Enjoy Our Surroundings like you and of Course The Wellness of the Sustainability of our Program that Cooperates with the Community for its Economical, Educational, Social and Cultural Development.

These are the facts: GreenLagoon Signed a Voluntary Commitment with Minaet 2 decades ago which is the Ministry of the Presidency that oversees The Protection of Natural Resources, abiding therefore, with the Natural Protection and Sustainability Policies of Costa Rica. There is a Publication of our Enviromental Impact Study and our commitment, approved by the Government and available to the Public in the National Registry "La Gaceta" as public legal declaration. Since then, many projects have been accomplished by GreenLagoon. To mention some: 1. Voluntary Reforestation of 20 privately owned Hectares in our Land to complete our Cerro Chato Biological Corridor, planting trees currently at risk for extinction as well as trees like almond tree to attract the Green Macow that once were abundant here and other trees that may attrac back many other birds and animals that once upon time where abundant here. 2. Reforestation of 2 hectars of Land around 6 Natural Springs in Our 400 Acres Property. 3. A Joint Effort Between GreenLagoon and ASADARI, a Local Water Management Program of Santa Rosa de Pocosol, which is a branch of the Water Service of Costa Rica, to build the Water Collecting Tanks in our property and the piping network to carry water to multiple communities and thousands of people in communities of low lands that otherwise did not have potable water. the $2,000,000 project was recently completed and inaguarated just a week ago at Catholici Church in Santa Rosa. 4. Our TreeLand Farms at GreenLagoon, has planted nearly 15,000 Trees to create heavens for wildlife and of course to regenerate forests, to protect nature and to diminish our carbon foot print. 5. GreenLagoon's Commitment to sustainability, Nature Protection, Nature Education through Tours of our Visitors and our contributions to the Economical, Social and Cultural Development of our Community has allow GreenLagoon to Earned a 4 level out of 5 Certificate of Sustainable Tourism. There is a legal agreement with the Tourism National Institue that backs up and monitor our commitment. 6. We have three full time workers working in the Park and Gardens to protect and maintain the trails as well as wildlife. Inclement weather-rains-storms frequently destroy our work in the forest, since the National Park Policies do not allow us to introduce syntetic and outside materials to prevent erosion, but we depend on Natural Resources in the area, such as fallen trees, to fix trails and protect the area from erosion. These workers are paid by Greenlagoon and the business itself is bearly sustainable. 7. There are multiple families that live out of this business and also, thousands of people from all over the world that come to enjoy our natural monuments such as Cerro Chato. 8. Your $10 dollars contribution stretches way too long and much better if manage by the Governments and furthermore, the owner matches your contribution to support Protection and Conservation as well as Sustanable Development. 9. Please review our efforts in transforming our property in one of a kind in relation to Organic Gardens and Lifestyle Medicine Preactices making an impact in the health and wellness of many 10. I invite you to re-visit our projects on yearly basis so that you see the transformation for the good of All, Nature, Wildlife, Water, Soil, Forests, Community Development, Mitigation of Carbon Emisions and of Course the Impact on the Lifestyles of People in an attempt to contribute to the "Treat the Cause Movement" through Lifestyle Medicine, Food-Based Nutrition, and better lifestyle choices.
May God bless your interest in National Parks

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The hike to the lagoon was a long one and it was tough, not really meant for young children, elderly, or people like me who have short legs, but the lagoon was really pretty and hiking through the forest was amazing! I'm glad I did it and didn't give up, but make sure to bring water because it is pretty hot and humid for the first half before you get into the jungle!

1  Thank Nicholette L
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Very nice park. I did the 8hr hike here with a tour company, it was a lot of fun, if your not sure if your up for it. you can also do a shorter hike. The lake, got springs all add to a great day

1  Thank bobbygreeneyes
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is not an easy hike, so heads up. We hired a guide and did an extended version of some true class IV hiking around the rim and it was so worth it. Nothing like trekking through the rainforest in a downpour with and excellent guide to show you cool plants and their uses every few minutes! If you are a hiker, I recommend this one to you!

1  Thank Lorraine G
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Not sure how I got so confused about the Cerro Chato hike but my husband and I started the hike from the Arenal Observatory. There is a "trail" up the volcano and down into the lake but it is not the kind of trail we are used to in the US or even that I have ever seen in CR. It's more like a run off. Very steep up and going down to the lake we were literally hanging off roots and limbs and dropping straight down. When we got to the lake we could see other people swimming directly across from us. We found another "trail" to hike around the lake to where the other people were. They explained to us that they were in a completely different park but the hike in was much easier than what we had just done. We decided to hike out using this park's trail, mainly bc I did not think I would make it back the way we came. This park's trail is well maintained and safe. We even saw a pregnant woman doing it! When we got to the park entrance (and payed them for our use of the park) the receptionist called us a cab to get back to the observatory ($48). I wouldn't do it they way we did it bc of the cost but it's cool to look at pics of cerro chato and be able to say the we hiked completely over it. I would recommend starting and finishing here, going to their waterfall and conservatory. Then if you have extra time go next door and hike to La Fortuna waterfalls (very easy and fast) for a full day.

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