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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  • 10 May 2018 Recommend doing on a clear day for best hiking and views of Arenal. Start by driving to the gate of the Arenal Observatory Lodge. There you will pay an entrance fee of $12 per person and w...  more »
  • Since last year, you’re not allowed to go up to the top of the volcano anymore and in our tour (Jungle Tours), we only walked around the park. I don’t know if you can do another trail than the one we ...  more »
  • This is definitely a rugged and challenging hike. My BF and I are both in good shape regular gym goes and we loved the challenge. We hiked all the way down to the lake and back out. I was not feeling ...  more »
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  • 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 !
  • Ascension is not trivial, the descent into the crater, so worth it. It is very often covered, so it's worth to go down to the level of the crater lake for not coming for nothing (don't you panic not, be found at the last minute by cloudy)
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