Lake Cerro Chato Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Lake Cerro Chato Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.0 miles
2283 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers



8 days ago

1 month ago

We hiked from the waterfall side. First mile was a gradual assent. Then the scramble begins. Good boots made the hike as did poles. We hiked down into the caldera, more of a climb. Loved the hike

2 months ago

Amazing strenuous hike well worth the views of Arenal (on a clear day) and the green lagoon!

2 months ago

This climb is a must-do if visiting Costa Rica. You have to pay a small fee to hike up, but totally worth it. Bring lots of water, the trail is steep and humid in the rainforest. Don't miss swimming in the crater at the top before hiking back down. It is secluded and eerily beautiful.

3 months ago

We arrived at the trailhead - met someone walking by that stopped and asked for our ticket. In Spanish we were directed to the adjacent hotel. The front desk indicated there is a $12 USD per person to hike the trail the nearby trail. The adjacent waterfall is $14 per person plus $12 for this out and back. They will take USD, Colones, or credit card.

5 months ago

5 months ago

One of my favorite all time hikes! It was definitely tough, I had to stop multiple times on our climb up to rest and catch my breath...but definitely worth it. I also enjoyed the fact that we didn't see many people on the trail.

6 months ago

Hike up from Green Lagoon Wellbeing Resort. My husband and I did this last April. It was an amazing experience and well worth the effort. I will say it is NOT moderate in our opinion. It gets VERY steep, but we took our time. Not for the faint hearted.

6 months ago

Starts off easy but gets steeper further in. It can be pretty tricky to get down into the lake in the crater especially if it's muddy but it's well worth it for the swim. This was a moderately challenging hike that took about 6 hours return to complete including an hour stop for a swim. There was a parking lot and helpful guide working at the bottom to give us some insight and map.