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Peaceful hike and probably the best view of volcano along with lava rocks.

Great hike for animal watching.

Stayed at the observatory lodge in February 2016. The facilities were really nice but what made it truly fantastic was the resort was located already in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Saw owls by night and toucans and amazing rainforest birds by day (mostly around sunrise). The trails around the property were really well maintained and very quiet for the most part (maybe timing of our visit). There were really cool hanging bridges to cross over through the rainforest, beautiful gardens, open prairies with crazy views of Arenal in the background sooo close by, and an awesome waterfall you could walk down to just off the trail. The observatory lodge trails are all easy to moderate. The trail to hike up Cerro Chato volcano was pretty difficult and muddy (quick elevation gain in a short distance) but the view up top of the lake in the middle was beautiful.

A nice walk with some decent views of the volcano. Not sure if it would be worth the money back home, but on vacation, it’s a cheap activity that is gratifying.

Awesome views of the volcano and lake

Other than seeing a lot of lava rocks on the path and views of the volcano, this was a boring hike. I would not do again

Check before driving there as at the present time the National Park is closed for few months (some locals said it will be closed till April 2018 but the info is not verified)

8 months ago

Fun hike to get a great view of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The trail is very well maintained (it is actually raked frequently) and well marked. The Forest Trail is mostly covered, except when you approach the Lava Summit and observation point. The View Point has a Smoothie Stand if you're interested in a tasty, fresh fruit smoothie.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy stroll up a paved walkway to the viewing area into the crater, past the visitor center (which has a restaurant and shop). The day we went was perfectly clear with great views into the crater to see it's venting activity (you get a sense of how large and powerful the eruption was to blow the top off of the volcano and create the crater)--but I've heard many folks who visit can't see the crater and it's activity due to dense clouds. Pretty steep entry price to get into the park if you're not a local, so can be very disappointing if you pay to get in and can't see anything. Nice learning exhibit on Costa Rica's volcanos in the Visitor's Center. For more difficulty, you can do a loop hike around a lake adjacent and above the crater.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Went to see on a clear day don't see many volcanoes and the acid lake
They had improved the viewing stations also

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