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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
88074954
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US$ 68.00*
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna
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Half-Day Cerro Chato Volcano Hike from La Fortuna
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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna

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short but challenging and fun hike

One of the most fun and beautiful hikes I ever did. I did it from the waterfall side and walked from la Fortuna to the start of the hike by the roadside...quite exhausting, maybe... read more

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We started hiking from the observatory. It was nice and sunny when we started. Once you start going up the mountain, you hardly have any spectacular views. The route is step with rocks and mud and tree roots everywhere. So one has to be careful not to slip and fall. It started raining cats and dogs while descending. The route... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most fun and beautiful hikes I ever did. I did it from the waterfall side and walked from la Fortuna to the start of the hike by the roadside...quite exhausting, maybe better to pay the 10$ for a taxi. The hike begins quite steep and uncovered from the sun, but technically easy. Once you enter the jungle... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the easier route from the Observatory side and even that was tough going towards the top for two fit 50/60 year olds. Lots of big step ups and roots to avoid. When we got to the top it was cloudy and very muddy and so we didnt bother going down the ropes to the lake. On the way... More 

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Spruce Grove, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We started our hike from the Arenal observatory side of the volcano. Unfortunately, the weather was not our friend for this hike, as it had been raining off and on for two days. The trail was very muddy and slippery and in quite a few places, there was the potential for serious injury. We met a young fellow named Franchesco,... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great steep hike and will be enjoyable for avid hikers of actual mountains. Or it will be a tough challenge for those looking for one. It is not a walk, it is a hike. You are going straight up a volcano. It is steep, it is muddy, you will get dirty, and you will use your hands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

TL:DR Hike up from the Arenal Observatory side. Also, don't whine about some mud and lack of switchbacks. Ok, I'm going to give it to you straight. This hike was a challenge. A beautiful rugged challenge that was totally worth it! Here's my suggestion: you can climb up Cerro Chato either from the east side (green lagoon resort near the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hiking (or should I say climbing) the Cerro Chato will remain an unforgettable memory for our group of friends. We all love hiking but this one was a pretty challenging one. Luckily it was a beautiful day so no mud but very hot. You have to be physically fit and prepared but the view we got on top of the... More 

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Black Rock City, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some friends and I were in La Fortuna, Costa Rica and we decided to visit Cerro Chato. I did none of the planning and my friends are both outdoors enthusiasts. What could go wrong (spoiler alert: in the end, nothing) We "biked" to the trailhead of Cerro Chato from La Fortuna. And by "biked" that means we biked some and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I are in our early 30s and often hike and trail run. We set out with trail trainers and a litre or so of water each in our backpacks. The weather was dry (until you get up into the cloud) and we were extremely glad for that, as in the wet I think we would have really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a hike! Expect to get dirty, hope to get lucky. We set out in the rain, arrived exhausted and dirty to thick fog and hung around half an hour to see the volcano show up through the mist and eventually even had sunshine down at the lake. The climb down, as others have mentioned, is another experience altogether, very... More 

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