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“Tough hike, but a fun one!”

Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Tough hike, but a fun one!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Always wanted to climb Cero Chato, finally did it Friday morning. We heard it was intense and challenging, but having already done Chirripo we thought it was being built up and over estimated. We were wrong, it was a pretty tough hike!

The hike is only 3 KM long, but you climb 600 meters in that stretch so it is pretty steep. Lots of deep steps and uneven terrain, but a great workout. We made it up in about 1 hr 45 mins, back down in about 1 hour or so. At the top we had great views of Arenal, then you can take the path to the left to go down to the green lagoon. Pretty scenic and a good way to work out in the morning before it gets too hot or rains!

Visited October 2013
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“Extreme”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was an intense hike, but something you should do in the morning. By the time we reached the top, there was too much cloud cover and it was too late in the day to see the lagoon. If you are a slow hiker, plan on at least four hours to make the hike.

Visited October 2013
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Hull, Canada
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“Extreme hike”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Can do this hike without a guide. Entrance is 12 km from town (around 5000 Colones - 10 US - by taxi). 10 US for the entrance.

Make sure you bring a lot of water. Cold water bottles are also sold at reception. Also, a good snack is a must once you reach the top to restore your energy.

The part in the open is tough, but the part in the forest is really tough. Good hiking shoes/boots are needed. Maybe some hicking poles would have help. I'm short so some of the "steps" were really hard to reach. The path is slippery and muddy even if it didn't rain the previous day.

Plan at least 2 hours to get to the top. One hour for the open area and one hour for the forest. There are some benches along the way to rest. The view is amazing.

Once at the top, you can climb down to reach the lagoon where you can swim. The path to the lagoon is really steep. The water is a bit cold but feels great after the hike. There are a few benches to put your stuff on. After a couple a meters, you can't touch the bottom. If you don't like walking bare foot on small rocks or gooey stuff, bring water shoes.

If you're lucky, you can see some animals along the way.

Visited September 2013
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“Awesome”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Most exciting and adventurous hike I've ever done. Beautiful views. It was tough but worth it. I heard the monkeys. The green lagoon is amazing. Well worth it.

Visited November 2012
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Lenexa, Kansas
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“Not a breezy hike”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We thought we were seasoned hikers, but that hike was a killer. We like to get our butts kicked, so we loved every min of it. Once you make it into the rain forest and get up to cloud level, it really is amazing. I recommend taking your time so you can look around and enjoy the view on your way up. Once you get to the top you hike down into the volcano to visit the lagoon inside. You can swim in there if that's your thing (i'm more of a dry land type of chic). The clouds kept coming in and out of the lagoon, which felt awesomely erie. It was awesome. The hike back up and down the side of the mountain was a lot of fun. We ran down the side of it in 30 min which was exciting. The rain was moving in so it was a great motivation to get out of there asap. The guide said once it rains the trail turns into a waterfall and it's brutal to navigate. If you like a challenging hike and love an awesome adventure, then this is a must do. I do recommend bringing a camel back, have a protien filled breakfest, skip the morning coffee and bring energy bars. You'll thank me later. :)

Visited September 2013
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