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Shannon Brawley reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingOff trailScramble

I did this hike a few months ago, it was a bit difficult to find out where the trail started but if you follow the road and go under a couple of barbed wired fences then you are heading the right way. Once you get under the trees the hard part begins and the trail gets very steep. The hardest park was hiking down to the lagoon but it was very worth it, definitely bring lots of water and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! Amazing trail overall and spectacular views!!

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Tatiana Kp reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Amazing views, at least 4 different trails around the volcano.

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Abigail Deppen reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddyOver grownWashed out

My husband and I hiked this trail last week and it was worth every bruise and scrape I got along the way. The trail is definitely as tough as others have said. However, I found the most difficult portion to be the hike up to the actual trailhead in the jungle. The hike starts on a paved road, then through a farmers field with a bunch of cows/bulls (which I was sure were going to charge me!), and then through a field. This entire portion is uphill and we started our hike at noon while the sun and heat were agonizing. Once we got into the jungle the hiking was still grueling but you had the shade of the jungle and I found the rest of the hike to be more manageable. We saw several bugs and spiders so watch what you are grabbing onto as you make your way up the trail. We went on a clear day and were able to see the entire lagoon. The views were incredible and we took a much needed swim in the cool water. The path into the crater was very difficult and there were times I wasn’t sure I’d make it back up some of the mud walls. I imagine if it were raining it’d be nearly impossible. The hike down the trail was still difficult and at several points just sat and slide down on my butt out of fear that I was going to hurt an ankle. Needless to say, I ended up completely covered in mud by the end. Prior to hiking this trail we spoke to some locals who agreed that while it is technically closed, many tourist still hike it without any problems. We told a local on one of our tours about our plan to hike it and he actually drove us up to the green lagoon lodge so we didn’t have to take a taxi. He said that for locals it’s risky to hike as they would lose their tour operators license but for foreigners they’d just take down your name and tell you to leave. At the green lagoon lodge they made it pretty clear that by hiking the trail you are doing so at your own risk since it is technically closed. This hike was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is up for the challenge.

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Joseph Heinlein reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Brutal hike. Glad we went for it, would make that choice over again, but it’s so rough and difficult I would not do it twice. We read what everyone said about it being extremely difficult and watched many videos, and somehow it was still much more difficult than expected. That being said, it is doable if you prepare properly. Bring about 1.5L water per person minimum. I highly recommend wearing gloves - we wore some garden style gloves with hand grips and it really made a huge difference. The more skin you leave exposed on this hike, the more you will suffer. As other have said, start at Green Lagoon. But beware, the road to the parking lot there is rough with rocks and might beat up your rental if the model isn’t high enough off the ground. We showed up at 8AM and finished around 1:30PM. And for the love of god - don’t bring your kids. It’s not safe at all. Would not recommend to anyone over 70 either or anyone over 50 who does not exercise regularly. There have been older men who dropped dead on this trail - take it seriously.

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Noah Leatham reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingFee

$10 fee per person. At the Green Lagoon Resort you can pay the entrance fee and the give you a “map”. We were able to go all the way up. Around a mile in the trail turns to actual steep muddy trail, lots of drop downs and mud walls. All very fun and not too challenging if you’re in good shape. Bring the essentials, water, food, flashlight, etc. Once you get to the top of the crater it’s a very short but very steep section down to the lagoon- it’s definitely worth it. The lagoon is filled with cool, freshwater. We spotted some small leeches but they didn’t seem interested in us. It’s a fun, steep hike- I wouldn’t recommend it though if you’re not in good fitness or if you’re not feeling like going up a 2000ft muddy slog.

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Laura Braden reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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Hiking

Went with a tour group so it was a bit crowded just due to us! But the view from the lava field is amazing. We were fortunate to have a perfectly clear day with a stunning view of the volcano

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 19, 2020
Hiking

We agree with everything others have written about the beauty of the trails. The fumaroles were a nice added touch and the rainforest is enchanting with challenging ups and downs. Plenty of wildlife activity . and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. We were alone on the trails and noted when we left that only 11 people had accessed the trails. We decided to try the Southern road to access the trails despite the warnings. What a mistake. DO NOT repeat our mistake.We almost made it to the bridge but came to a downhill section that is the worst piece of road we have ever seen. We parked the 4 wheel drive and hiked over the bridge and up to the summit and did the trails. All in about 650 metres of elevation and 14 Km of hiking .. What a day. Not bad for two people with a combined age of 140. The hiking in Costa Rica is the best we have experienced and will come back many times.

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Emma Louise reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingScramble

Definitely worth the scramble and mud! Go from the Green Lagoon Resort, they will charge your $10 and give you a map that says you have to turn around at a specified point but then give you direction all the way to the crater lake. The entrance to the trail is a little confusing, there is a little bridge on the left side of the paved road where you enter the jungle.

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Nathan Vanderschaaf reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddy

Pretty awesome hike. As someone who lives in Colorado and hikes at elevation, I had to catch my breathe multiple times. You go over 3 to 4 ft mud walls and vines plus some of the trail is extremely narrow and washed. Definitely need to be nimble and expect to get muddy. Overall, I got up in about an hour from really pushing it and the walk down to the lagoon was another 20 minutes but totally worth it. Bring bathing suits as the water is great to swim in. Ran into locals who agreed it is safe and said the lagoon reaches up to 60m in depth!

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Jenny Derry reviewed Quebrada Cuecha Cascada
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Hiking

We took this hike with Rodiber from Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. We saw an agouti, a coati, so many different species of birds, a wasp nest in a tree and a tarantula hideout. We also saw a quetzal. Rodiber had great scopes and was such a knowledgeable guide. I know we saw far more with him than we would have alone, and also learned the history of the area. The hike itself was easy ... if we had hiked without a guide, we would have made it more of a workout but would have missed learning about this beautiful reserve.

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Shadedred Monk reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

We hiked this with our 3 boys 8, 7, and 5 year old. Now, our boys aren’t your normal boys. They have done a ton of hiking and even 40, 36, and 32 mile bike ride respectively. We had a great time. It’s a little tough hike because of the length of the incline and uneven terrain with an pretty easy trail to follow. Make sure you make it to the lookout that has a view of the lagoon. We saw a ant eater and a small snake we haven’t identified yet. Lots of uneven ground and a little time on all 4, but nothing to tough.

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Vygantas Gudauskas reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Right guys this is my review after reading a lot of reviews before hiking. Couple hoax ar just lame review thing that I would write down. We did it on mid September as is beginning of rainy season? 1.You dont need be super fit to make it(I don't work out and had 5 fractures at my right foot 11 weeks ago 30yo slightly overweight and stillanaged to do it) 2. Its not 'vertical' or extremely dificult. But you will need some stamina. 3. Once you get to the top its not 30 mins to get to the crater. Even if you can't see the water just take left and you will be down in 5 minutes.( This part it is very steep but only 5 mins so you will survive) We didnt encounter any ''power rangers'' which I guess they might turned up there one in a month or even less. But if you do give random names to avoid fine. You can feel slippery part of trail when decending, but just get on your bum when there is biger steps and go slowly and you will be fine(dont be afraid to get dirty) I took me just under 2 hours to the top and 5 mins to the crater. We had a swim 3 sandwiches 3 cigarettes ( yes we do smoke on the hike) and 2 liter of water(should have been 3 as well, as I had to save it later), and in total 4.5 hours to finish the trail. Totaly worth it, bring enough water and enjoy it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2019
Hiking

We were staying at Green Lagoon in February. We took off around 9am to hike up. It started out on a road, then gravel road, the you cross a foot bridge, walk up a hill on a trail through grassy area, then into the jungle! Lucky for us, it was fairly dry. Even the roads in were fairly steep. If you aren’t in 1/2 ok shape, DO NOT ATTEMPT! I was winded! We got all the way up & was going to descend to the lake when we crossed park rangers. They spoke Spanish & we couldn’t communicate well, but they turned ya around. Wouldn’t even let us take a picture. The trail IS CLOSED! You can get around the fence, but you may get turned back and/or fined. We didn’t because we were staying at the hotel. If you can/do make it, it’s a fairly difficult, but beautiful trail in Costa Rican Jungles!

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Toni Morrison reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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Running

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. It’s short and easy but decent. Groomed trails, beautiful location.

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Benjamin Folsom reviewed Pocosol Fumarolas
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Hiking
First to Review

Amazing hike. Trails are beautiful and really capture the rainforest feeling. The northern route along Río Peñas Blancas is well maintained and easy to access. DO NOT take the road along the southern shore of Río Peñas Blancas. This route requires you to cross a wooden hanging bridge that is in complete disrepair. The bridge is supposed to be closed, but neighboring properties keep removing the closure tape to continue use for their own purposes. The park employees were horrified to learn the bridge was still being used. DO NOT USE THE WOODEN HANGING BRIDGE. If you find yourself at the bridge, turn around and use the northern route. It only takes an additional 30 minutes and the park is well worth taking the extra time to visit.

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Benjamin Folsom reviewed Children's Eternal Rainforest
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Trails are beautiful and really capture the rainforest feeling. The northern route along Río Peñas Blancas is well maintained and easy to access. DO NOT take the road along the southern shore of Río Peñas Blancas. This route requires you to cross a wooden hanging bridge that is in complete disrepair. The bridge is supposed to be closed, but neighboring properties keep removing the closure tape to continue use for their own purposes. The park employees were horrified to learn the bridge was still being used. DO NOT USE THE WOODEN HANGING BRIDGE. If you find yourself at the bridge, turn around and use the northern route. It only takes an additional 30 minutes and the park is well worth taking the extra time to visit.

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Jessica Packard reviewed Children's Eternal Rainforest
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Hiking
First to Review

Great trails in the rainforest. If you want adventure this is it! We used the directions from the All Trails app to get us to the trailhead. Let’s just say we were VERY glad to have a 4 wheel drive and high clearance vehicle. Probably wouldn’t have made it otherwise. If you go this route, when you’re around 10-15 from the trailhead make sure to take a RIGHT when you see the hand painted sign for the forest. We also went over a really scary hanging bridge on that route. We ended up taking different way out, which was less sketchy. Not sure where you get that route. When you drive up you’ll reach a lodge where you’ll pay $13 to hike the trails. TOTALLY worth it! We saw birds, frogs and armadillos. The waterfall was amazing. Vast and dense jungle and we didn’t see anyone else on the trails, which we like. We’d definitely go back.

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Laura Heidenreich reviewed Arenal Volcano Trail
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We hiked this trail on a Sunday morning. it was not too crowded and we were able to see howler monkeys, a coati, lizards and interesting insects.

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Arianne Chevalier reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]
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ClosedMuddyRocky

Pour monter ce volcan, vous devez êtres en bonne conditon physique. Très difficile et glissant en saison de pluie. Pour la descente du cratère, c'est très difficile et TRÈS glissant! Vous devez être expérimenter pour aller au cratère. Ne vaut absollument pas la peine d'aller au cratère s'il y a du brouillard puisqu'on ne voit rien.

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