Cerra Chato

MODERATE 7 reviews

Cerra Chato is a 2.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near National Park Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
372 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

muddy

old growth

scramble

washed out

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

That was our first hike in Costa Rica and we enjoyed it very much. We hiked from the Lodge to the Laguna and the lush rainforest and abundant wildlife impressed us a lot. The laguna is beautiful.

3 months ago

Great hike - challenging from La Fortuna climbing mostly roots and washed out eroded trails. Hope for clear skies at the top for an excellent view of Arenal and the lake below!

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked from the Arenal Observatory Lodge side which was steep on the way up with huge person-sized mud walls to scramble up. Got pretty exhausting but the lake at the top was incredibly beautiful. Hot and humid so bring lots of water.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with incredible views, and you can take a swim across the lagoon. There are two ways to get up, one shorter and one long. The start near the Arenal Waterfall is very challenging, particularly if muddy. There are intense sections when climbing down to the lagoon as well. Definitely stock up with water, high energy snacks, and your swim trunks!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The trail starts about 1.5 miles further back, at the observatory, than the map states. Great views at the top, but it is HARD - especially the steep section down to the lake.