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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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1-844-479-8200
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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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Challenging hike on Christmas Eve

We looked up Cerro Chato on tripadvisor before we left for Costa Rica and knew we wanted to try this hike. It. was. awesome! Super challenging but awesome. It's 2 miles to the top... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We looked up Cerro Chato on tripadvisor before we left for Costa Rica and knew we wanted to try this hike. It. was. awesome! Super challenging but awesome. It's 2 miles to the top and took my boyfriend and me 1 1/2 hours. We are 28 and 30 years old and in good shape but this hike was still quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must-see when visiting La Fortuna. We hiked this on a clear day and were treated to the most incredible views of Arenal Volcano. We hiked, unguided, from the west side beginning at Green Lagoon. It cost $12 per person to access the trail. This is a steep climb set in the most beautiful jungle. It took us... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a superb trip and I would highly recommend it. Our guides Julio, Carlos and Santiago were wonderful and very knowledgeable about the plants and wildlife. It is challenging in that it involves some clambering over rutted packed mud and tree roots but it is brilliant and everyone helps each other. We are a fit couple in our early... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are adventurous and not prone to whining, then do this hike! Costa Rica has no idea how to make switchbacks so expect a deeply rutted, muddy and steep ascent. But let's be honest. There is nothing like swimming inside a volcano! We took two very adventurous 9 and 11 year old boys who are used to high altitude... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the most memorable activities to our Costa Rica trip. Kids still talking about it. We all had a blast. We started from the Observatory Lodge and did it without a guide. It is well marked and I don’t know what a guide would have added. There is no wildlife per se, so a trail is a... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best parts of our trip, a true Costa Rican rain forrest experience. In terms of distance, it's not a super long hike but the final 2K on the accent is an excellent challenge. This is definitely not a hike if you're not relatively fit and have some good trail worthy footwear.

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New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the most extreme hike we have every been on. We have previously hike Arches,Bryce and Zion in southern Utah. We underestimated this hike. Our first mistake as wearing Keen closed toed water shoes.only one of us had aqua socks. Had we all had aqua socks it would have been as bad. Waterproof hiking boots would be best. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hike is described as an extreme hike and this is played on by the people you will meet around la fortuna.( the keyboard hikers) The reality is it's a lovely walk up a gentle slope with a small section of using tree roots to help you get to the lagoon. It isn't taxing and it's a great day out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told not to hike since it was a total downfall the day before and the day of the hike. If you are in good shape you can go. I'm 46, in o.k. shape, and made it to the lake and back in 4 hours. My arms hurt more than my legs from using roots to pull up and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked to the top of Chato Volcano then down into the crater to see the lake. Chato is a dormant volcano beside Arenal volcano. It is a very challenging hike as it rained off and on the whole time we were there. We took the trail from Arenal Observatory lodge. It took approx. 2.5 hrs to hike to the... More 

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