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Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7700
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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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300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2479 7700
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Longest hike of my life: 8 hours. I usually go on 1-2 hour hikes max in LA but this was a whole different ball game. I am relatively fit and athletic so I can handle it, but it was exhausting. However, it was such an...More

Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The trailhead says this is difficult and should take 2 hours total. The difficult bit is accurate, as this is more of a scramble than a trail. It is muddy in areas and you should watch what you grab onto for leverage (we came upon...More

Thank Maeter77
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I feel SO sorry for anyone that paid for a tour to this lake. First of all it is a HARD climb; steep, muddy. Some points you have to physically pull yourself up and all for... a lake, seriously it's a lake. Has nobody ever...More

Thank Mullen89
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A great (uphill) hike through the jungle! It is steep in places, but do-able for most. We hiked into the volcano and even took a swim in the lake. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and rainy that day, so we weren't able to enjoy the views--but...More

Thank MereG828
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Our guides Augusto and Elesere from Arsenal Adventurs were fantastic! The hike is good hard work, and the rewards are fabulous: swimming in a crater lake, swimming in the waterfall pool, seeing a beautiful sunset at the Observatory Lodge, and laying in a thermal fed...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Green Lagoon start to top. Difficult scrambling style hike without "trail" style switchbacks. Very muddy on our date. Great views, wildlife birds, jungle top of trail. It was too much to walk down to the Observatory as part of the day.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The trail up to the crater and view of Arenal is badly eroded once you can get into the forested area. The hurricane in November and subsequent rain has made this trail very hard - a scramble or climb in places. The climb down to...More

Thank PubLover7
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We completed the hike up the side of the volcano for the second time this year and enjoyed once again. It is a strenuous hike, take lots of water and some foods as there is none available once on the trail. It costs $12 per...More

Thank kira983
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I read reviews on Cerro Chato and not having done any challenging hikes I was a bit nervous heading into this climb. At 55 yrs of age and having done regular fitness classes it turns out I was quite well prepared for the climb after...More

Thank Jane0061
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Started our hike at the Aernal observatory lodge, $10 - $15 fee to gain entrance to the trails. Nice easy start to the hike is rather deceiving. When you get to the actual trail head, it gets more challenging in a hurry. I was there...More

Thank Katie H
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18 December 2014|
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Response from travels_ahoy | Reviewed this property |
We climbed Cerro Chato about a month ago, and started on the Arenal Observatory side before coming down the La Fortuna waterfall side. To get to either starting point you'll probably want a car/taxi - you can walk to the... More