Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park

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Climb Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), an inactive volcano covered in lush greenery. Believed to have erupted for the first time 38,000 years ago, the volcano last saw activity approximately 3,500 years ago--making it an entirely different proposition to its noisy neighbor, Arenal. Take one of the two routes to reach the top and see the lagoon of green water in its crater. Most regard the hikes as relatively tough for beginners, and the paths can become particularly muddy and dangerous when it rains. Use our La Fortuna de San Carlos tourist route planner to visit Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) on your trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Well, yesterday we went with the expectation to visit for second time Cerro Chato and do the challenging hike! For our surprise the two private entrance run by 2 hotels from the area told us that acco...  more »
  • I'm 12 years old, but I love to hike. Definitely a hard trail, but truly rewarding. Only real hikers should attempt Cerro Chato. The start is a medium-sort-of trail, then a harder hike among small out...  more »
  • Great adventure for avid hikers. You'll need a lot of water and you should be in decent shape. I would compare to a Spartan Super. At the summit, you'll be rewarded with a cool lake swim (which you'll...  more »