Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park

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#9 of 14 in Nature in Arenal Volcano National Park
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. By using our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app , you can arrange your visit to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and other attractions in La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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  • Read all the reviews from people about being able to go around the fence when coming from the arenal lodge observatory. Unfortunately they have further barricaded off the trail entrance with multiple ...  more »
  • We took the route through Arenal Observatory Lodge, paid the 12 USD admission fee per person and asked the gate guard for a map and any pointers for the Cerro Chato climb. We had to be specific that w...  more »
  • If you’re worried that you won’t be able to do it, i suggest you believe in yourself and go for it! It’s the most amazing feeling to get all the way up to the top. Yes it’s hard, but everything in lif...  more »
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  • Great hike. Official its closed but we spoke to some people in the receiption of the green lagoon resort (the side from which we ascended) and while they didn’t explicitly encourage it, they showed where the trail begins. Partially very steep, did it in beginning of April, would definitely not go if it had been raining recently.
  • Super fun hike. A bit on the challenging side, but very rewarding. The short descent to the lake is the hardest part, but going slow and choosing footing and holds carefully makes it achievable without injuries.
  • Giving one star so it doesn't get any more over run, but between you and me (shhhh) it's amazingly awesome, gorgeous, and totally worth the extremely strenuous 4 hour hike
  • Awesome lagoon with a pretty brutal hike in! Definitely worth it!
  • The hike was long and muddy but totally worth it !
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