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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 8807 4954
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“green lagoon” (63 reviews)
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 8807 4954
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived in la Fortuna with the strong conviction to climb the Cerro Chato but very quickly it appears to be closed. We were really disappointed but we decide to try it even it was closed. We took the way that begins from the Observatory...More

Thank ismael_jacob
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My girlfriend and myself did the Cerro Chato from Arenal Observatory Lodge, including the descent to and swim in the lagoon 2 weeks ago (August 2017). The information is correct, the path of the trail, which is on the territory of the national park (beyond...More

2  Thank Bostjan_Pe
Reviewed 30 July 2017

As others have mentioned, there are multiple entry points...we have only done it once, so I can only speak to the one we used. We took the entry that is located before the observatory. They told us that it should take around four hours round...More

Thank damiennmarshall
Reviewed 15 July 2017

First task is to find the right starting point: some meters in front of the observatory lodge there is a "private hiking trail" and the guy tries to get the tourists on his parking place. I also failed... I think this trail is harder than...More

Thank Stefan_Obermeier
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Strenuous albeit a refreshing hike through the rain forest to get to the green lagoon. The dip in the cool water post an arduous climb through the mush is heaven ! Definitely worth it if you have enough time , given that it needs an...More

1  Thank Narayanpr
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this hike! First up you'll hear people in town say you can't go to the top, but that's mostly rumor. I believe they are trying to keep erosion down but they do not have anyone posted there stopping you. We went in...More

2  Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

They could have told us it was closed for months and months to come. Yet only when we were there did they tell us! We had talked with the people before hand and they went on and on about how great it was going to...More

Thank LukeRitter
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Excellent hike through a beautiful forest. Definitely do this. The trail starts off fairly easy but gets continuously more strenuous as you continue. You'll have to go up and down a lot on the way to Cerro Chato. The hike is not just straight up...More

2  Thank Kelly G
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This was a great hike, if hiking is your jam this is a must. Starts of fairly easy but it gets pretty steep the closer you get to the water.

Thank Brian N
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Very rewarding hike and a must do for those who enjoy the outdoors. We started at the observatory and finish in La Fortuna via the waterfall, it took us around 7 hrs including a 30/45 min break at the lake. We paid $10 entrance fee...More

Thank Sean H
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Valori H
13 September 2017|
Response from Nicole T | Reviewed this property |
I’m not positive but I went on my trip it was in March! So hopefully come February it will be open 🤞🏽
frey p
10 May 2017|
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Response from josiponey |
I'm in La Fortuna right now: they still sale tour but when you go there on your own, you buy the ticket down and when you're 100 meters from the laguna it's blocked by fance of barbes wires and a man stand there to stop the... More
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John S
23 April 2017|
Response from Kristian L | Reviewed this property |
If you're coming from the La Fortuna side, just go to the front desk at the Green Lagoon Lodge. They take payment and give you a wristband to let you access the trail. The trail head starts in the corner of their parking... More