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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  • Are hochgekraxelt up about through mud over stick and stones break 2:40 with 2... then 2:30 with 1 break down the lava field. Top rewarded with views and great volcanic craters, necessarily swim iPhone said 186 floors and (14 km was in the Ziplock in the backpack), but felt some more way... Recommended: high boots ankle, 3 litres of water per person, rain jacket, sunglasses, towel, good hiking condition (no gym or jogging, but real mountain hiking experience...). Then everything's great!
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  • We start the hike by the Observatory Lodge at 8 am. The guard told us that they would be 2 hours up and 2 down. Really hard last 5 hours. The trail is precious, pure nature complicating sometimes. Arriving at the Lake, the views are amazing. We had suerte.y by the way also could observe the Arenal Volcano in perfect condition. We are a Basque couple and we tend to go frequently to the monte, but this journey seemed hard. Even so, we recommend it.
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  • From the start that we were in La Fortuna, we were determined to Cerro Chato climb. We have heard many different reasons why it would be no longer possible to climb the inactive volcano: too smooth by rainy season, people get lost, on environmental grounds, easy access to dangerous top of Arenal, ... What the real reason is we'll never know. If you know it is the access to the Cerro Chato Trail actually not difficult at all. You just need to pay $10 pp at the entrance of the Observatory Lodge. There you get a card on which the road to the Cerro Chato Trail. The climb is a huge adventure. It is easily doable but you need to prepare a minimum. We were not and it is a tough tour. So here are a few tips: bring plenty of water with you. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, because sometimes it is really climbing. Take swimming clothes. Can you swim in the Lake. This is along with the view at the top a huge reward. Does not start to climb after 1 pm. The map indicates that the but 700meter is but that is not a good bet. 1 h 30 long you climb to the top. Then the 20 min descend to the Lake. The way back is at least as long. you want to return to the dark (18 h) and yet also equally. In case of rain, the trip might not recommended. You can along right easy around the fence you meet at the Ascension of the volcano. Once you're above then take the left-wing option (North) to the descent to the Lake. This is the easiest. A lot of fun!!!
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