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Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

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Address: 300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
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GreenLagoon Arenal Nature Conservancy Park & Gardens is a private Park,...

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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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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Great Family Hike (very slippery when wet)

Depending on the ages in your group this hike is fantastic, but once you reach the cloud forest the path is very worn, can be extremely slippery, and requires hikers to cling to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Depending on the ages in your group this hike is fantastic, but once you reach the cloud forest the path is very worn, can be extremely slippery, and requires hikers to cling to the side of trees before reaching the top. Although we went on a sunny day, the trail was very muddy, so we took our time going back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I (mid 20s) really enjoyed hiking Cerro Chato. We got a taxi from downtown La Fortuna to the Green Lagoon lodge. At the lodge, you pay $12 each to get access to the trails. The receptionist showed us a map with trails to follow. After the hike, you had take free showers at the lodge, which was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Clarendon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 if I should continue a couple of times due to steepness and need to climb... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 than just hiking. Plan on scrambling over and around rock, tree roots, trees, etc... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 everyone got back safely. It was a satisfying but tough climb up to Cerro Chato.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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 on your fitness. I would not recommend the trail to anyone who can not jog... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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 difficult hike with lots of uphill, but rewarding too.

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Vicenza, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 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. I went on a foggy day so I didn't have the chance to admire the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 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 of swimming in a crater is priceless! How hards can this be? Oh Lord! this... More 

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