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Jennifer Anderson
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Hiking

Beautiful tropical jungle with clear trails marked. Rounds by and near rivers, that are a bright blue in February when we were here. A 5 on a scale of 1-10 as far as difficulty. Some stairs involved. I didn’t bring enough water. Also wished I’d have brought food so I could stay for nearby on the way back hot springs.

Tammy Chudleigh
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HikingMuddy

This was a great hike. The colour of the water was amazing!! Trail was in good condition but it had rained a bit in the beginning of the walk which made it slippery in some spots. Definitely a hike worth doing. It was crowded and people can’t seem to get enough selfies which was annoying but still a great hike.

Tristin Thomas
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Hiking

When it comes to difficulty/ reward ratio, this is perfect. It is absolutely not for the faint of heart or for those who are not physically fit. But if you are able to push past those last 2kms then you'll be greeted by the most beautiful untouched lake at the top of the volcano. On our way down however, we found a man in the ground who had a heart attack and died, so this is a hike that I'd only recommend if you're in good shape.

Fahmida Tariq
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very easy hike...not much to see or experienced..

Hayden Cave
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HikingClosedMuddyRockyScramble
Scott McFarland
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Hiking

Great trail with an excellent view of the volcano. There is a observation area at the base with rocking chairs.

Sheryl Weber
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HikingRocky

Good trail well maintained. Some good, steep climbs to keep the heart rate up. To hike, you must pay ($15USD each hiker).

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benjamin fuller
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Hiking

Such a wonderful experience.

Sammi Cummings
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall and a nice place to take a dip in the water! Stairs have all been replaced since the last time I was there. Much nicer and easier to climb up and down the stairs now.

Amy Sheehan
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Beautiful waterfall. Easy paved walk on stairs. Nice for a quick and easy adventure. Bring a suit to swim at the bottom!

Jerry Zhu
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Walking

The waterfall itself is a majestic sight. If you are into waterfalls this is a good stop and people can dip in the plunge pool. Apparently there are lifeguards who will prevent swimmers from getting too close to the fall itself. But from a hiking / nature viewing perspective this is a rather boring place. Travel is confined to the 500+ stairs down. Very little space at the bottom. It seems all tourists to Costa Rica are at the bottom simultaneously! Other than some fish in the stream no wildlife was seems.

Jerry Zhu
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Hiking

The marked trail doesn’t afford good views, being in tall reeds / woods almost all the way. Lots of tourists too. Not much wildlife viewing. Very easy and still nice. Much better is the shorter hike directly up slope to a shelter, shown as the short white path toward east on AllTrails map. Less traffic, saw a river of army ants, cute birds, orchids , and almost constant view of the volcano.

Rosibel Valverde
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Hiking

Great trail with family

Karim Malet
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Hiking

This trail is officialy closed : barbed wires limits its entrence and sometimes a guard patrols there and ask you to leave. You can however get around the wires and hope that nobody guards the entry. You can access the trail through a private path belonging to GreenLagoon cabinas (they dont explicitely warn you that the cero chato trail is closed but will charge you 5000 crc/ 10 usd entry fees) but there might be another way to access the trail. The trail remains difficult : since its closed the path is not maintained and the forest is ALWAYS muddy so you mainly have to climb your way down to the lake (super steep and slippery). Took us 6h (1h of break included). It however TOTALLY WORTH IT : funniest and most beautiful hike I ever did (plus you can swim in a volcano).

Eddie Fournier
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Hiking

This 3.5 hours guided hike in the rainforest (in part on very high suspension bridges) was the highlight of our Costa Rica trip. Our guide (Gabriella) taught us a lot about the flora and fauna and got the kids interested through the whole hike. We spotted many interesting plants and animals (a snake, a tarantula and other big spiders, weird plants).

Eddie Fournier
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Hiking

1st half is not really a hike - almost more like an urban path. So many people - makes it unlikely to spot any kind of fauna. Waterfalls are nice but very crowded. Last part has interesting views of the river. Took us 2.5 hours round-trip including stops and 10-minute wait each way at the footbridge near the end.

Thierry de Smet
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Unfortunately this trail is closed , supposedly for governmental reasons:-(

Jimmy Suzy
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Hiking

Gonna need your feet AND hands for this one. So cool though! Can officially say I’ve dipped into a volcanic crater lake. Steep up and down into the crater, hopefully it’s a clear day so you can see the entire thing.

Natasha Hansford
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Nature trips

Cost 15 dollars, pretty but not worth it. 500 steps down, 500 steps up nothing else to do...no flowers in the orchid garden were in bloom. In high season with warm weather, tiny swimming area just down from the falls would have been too packed to move. The waterfall is nice, but not spectacular and not for that price.

Natasha Hansford
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Hiking

Checked in at the green lagoon to get passes, ten dollars per person. Had to go around the barb wire fence. Challenging hike lots of climbing, took us 4h total at a fast pace. It rained the whole time and it became slippery on the way down. Worth the hike but dont expect the view in bad weather.

Jules B.
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Nature trips

Easy trail, but beautiful!

Jules B.
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Hiking

Gorgeous waterfall! Took the stairs down and back up once ready. Man made straight forward trail - there are about 500 stairs down to the falls (ballpark, or so I was told). No guide needed. It is highly trafficked. When I went there were a lot of people there.

Jules B.
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Hiking

Recently had the pleasure of completing the longer loop. Moderate trail. Was able to see tucans, howler monkeys, wild turkeys, and tarantulas galore! Was not the clearest day ever to get the best views of the volcano itself, but still well worth the trip!

Wil Gomez
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Great hike. Make sure you have good shoes because it will get slippery. Bring plenty of water.

Rico Fidelak
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awesome but hard trail. it gets more difficult step by step. as we started laid, the crater it self was filled with clouds. paid 10$. no problem to enter national park.

Danya Sanchez
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Hiking

Awesome hike! If you want to escape from the too easy, touristy hikes, do this one! It is a little hard but very fun. Bring proper shoes though.

Chrissie Scharfenstein
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The guard was not there today so we were able to hike all the way to the crater!! It was so foggy that we could not see to the other side, but awesome to say we swam in the crater of a volcano! You pay $10 per person at the hotel near Arenal Observatory then hike the Fortuna Observatory trail. You will cross to the illegal part of the hike once you go through the opening of the barbed wire. You can also start this hike from the La Fortuna waterfall which is $15 a person and a shorter hike I believe.

Susan Aspinall
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We had heard that Cerro Chato was closed but decided to give it a try we decided to go through Arenal Observatory Lodge, we were warned hiking Cerro Chato was illegal and would not give us information. But we found our way, unfortunately they have a guard at their property line to turn people back so we weren't able to go up. Seems like Cerro Chato is no longer an option in Arenal.

Rachael Krell
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Hiking

Wild hike!!

Patricio Medina
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Hiking

Definitely worth it,

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