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Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

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Address: 300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 00000, Costa Rica
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GreenLagoon Arenal Nature Conservancy Park & Gardens is a private Park,...

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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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the crater is difficult.

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Fergus Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 person and the views and lagoon are well worth it.

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Liverpool, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 all. It was steep and you did spend much time hanging onto roots and dirt... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 on a beautiful, dry day and the trail was still very muddy and sliplery, often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

The hike starts out easy enough but gets more challenging after you pass the gazebo. At that point it becomes more of a climb. Expect to get dirty as it can be very muddy esp. after a rain. We saw lizards, birds and a coati along the way and the lagoon at the top of the volcano is truly a... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This was a challenging and beautiful hike! Be prepared to get dirty, especially if hike down to the lake at the end. Though it is not that long in distance, allow yourself 4 hrs (even if you are in good shape)- there is a lot of climbing and can be real hard on our knees. A great way to experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Had probably the most difficult/rewarding hike I have ever taken. We had a guide which I cannot argue isn't necessary it was greatly appreciated. Jorge from The Back Packers tours taught us so much about the area and the terrain. We paid 55/person and got transportation, lunch and rum punch for the hot springs afterwards instead of 12 for just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

This was a tough hike and I'd doubt anyone would argue. We started at the Green Lagoon Wellbeing resort which is 20 minutes outside La Fortuna. You do need a 4wheel drive to manage a drive from the waterfall parking lot. My wife argues you dont need 4wheel. She was not driving. The cost is $12 usd. It took us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Depending on the ages in your group this hike is fantastic, but once you reach the cloud forest the path is very worn, can be extremely slippery, and requires hikers to cling to the side of trees before reaching the top. Although we went on a sunny day, the trail was very muddy, so we took our time going back... More 

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