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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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Amazing, everyone should try it!

This hike was worth every step up to it and every step down to the lake. It's not a paved trail by any means but being avid hikers in Alberta and British Columbia this was not a... read more

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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This hike was worth every step up to it and every step down to the lake. It's not a paved trail by any means but being avid hikers in Alberta and British Columbia this was not a difficult hike. I honestly believe anyone could try it you would just be slow moving. From the start of the steep section to... More 

Thank mer691
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did this self-guided and it was wonderful, but the hike is definitely difficult and would lose a lot of magic if it weren't hot and sunny. You can access it by taking a cheap taxi from La Fortuna to the Green Lagoon Lodge and checking in at the front desk. I believe it cost us $12 each to get... More 

Thank Kristian L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I do believe this trail has a beautiful view when you arrive at the top, but if it's cloudy and raining, not sure it was worth the trek unless you want some pride in yourself. It was definitely misty with intermittent angular sheets of rain at our face on the way up and down. The view from the top was... More 

Thank Jen T
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

just do it, as they say here! it was the highlight of our trip! we are 66 and 64, and it was extreme.......mud, roots, altitude. you need strength in your arms and legs and a good attitude. we went on a guided hike with younger european couples. our guide was great, he paced the hike very well and it was... More 

Thank almo52
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 8 college kids went in March and signed up for the Two Volcano Extreme Hike excursion and absolutely recommend both the excursion and hiking in this park! It is beautiful- refreshing lagoon at the top and awesome views but be warned it is DIFFICULT. Bring at least 48 ounces of water and snacks and good hiking boots... More 

Thank Emily B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Holy smokes! This hike is very treacherous and takes up to about 4/5 maybe even 5 1/2 hours. Make sure you bring plenty of water maybe 2 bottles and some good hiking shoes! Due to mud some spots are more difficult than others . Overall excellent hike and well worth it!

Thank Nicole T
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Difficult hike both up and down but totally worth it! Saw lots of wildlife and the trail was marked pretty well. Refreshing cold swim in the green lagoon and not much of a crowd on the trails. Great hike overall!!!!

Thank Kaity D
New Brunswick
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a sensitive point for other local businesses. They say that it should be banned because it is not safe, no employees on the trail in case of injuries, no upkeep of the hike. All this is true but knowing this we went anyway. I am retired and for me it was a very challenging hike. Wear good hiking... More 

Thank Louise D
Aspen, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been up it a couple times, loved it every time. Starts off through pasture hills and then you hit the forest and that is very nice to keep the sun off you. Root and log stairs and pretty sustained the whole way. Great lake on top, views are amazing. Have fun!

Thank shakasurf
Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We started our hike at the Green Lagoon after paying the $12 and signing a waiver. The ascent has already been described well by others. Tough but doable for those with some hiking experience. Straight up for 90 minutes and about an hour back down. Bring water and get ready to get muddy. Initially hands aren't needed, but after awhile... More 

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