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    Karim Malet reviewed Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

    2 months ago

    We visited the reserve by ourselves, did not saw any wildlife. It is less crowded than monteverde park hopefully. We did the 1h30 and 25 minutes hike (from which you can see the Arenal).

    Karim Malet reviewed Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED]

    2 months ago

    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).