Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Hike to the top of a dormant volcano at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, a nature reserve full of tropical plants and rolling green hills. Go for a relaxing stroll through the 80 hectare (400 acre) park, spotting the colorful birds as you go. Take the challenging, self-guided hike to the top of the volcano along steep paths, and immerse yourself in the rainforest. Enjoy the views from the top, or take a swim in the lagoon found within the volcano's crater. Be sure to bring plenty of water and food. To visit Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens on your trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .
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  • We climbed that path from the fortuna waterfall side. It starts steep and it gets worse! Steps, mud and climbing from root to root. I will never forget that experience. We were quick 3,5 h up and down...  more »
  • Longest hike of my life: 8 hours. I usually go on 1-2 hour hikes max in LA but this was a whole different ball game. I am relatively fit and athletic so I can handle it, but it was exhausting. However...  more »
  • The trailhead says this is difficult and should take 2 hours total. The difficult bit is accurate, as this is more of a scramble than a trail. It is muddy in areas and you should watch what you grab o...  more »

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Options consist of hotels, guesthouses, and backpacker hostels, most of which sit near the town's main road--Route 142--and the bus station. You can expect a swimming pool and complimentary breakfast at most mid-range accommodations there. If you're feeling more adventurous, choose to stay at one of the spas or eco-resorts at the foot of the volcano, where you'll also enjoy onsite access to natural hot springs.
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