Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park

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#9 of 13 in Nature in Arenal Volcano National Park
Climb Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), an inactive volcano covered in lush greenery. Believed to have erupted for the first time 38,000 years ago, the volcano last saw activity approximately 3,500 years ago--making it an entirely different proposition to its noisy neighbor, Arenal. Take one of the two routes to reach the top and see the lagoon of green water in its crater. Most regard the hikes as relatively tough for beginners, and the paths can become particularly muddy and dangerous when it rains. By using our Arenal Volcano National Park trip app , you can arrange your visit to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and other attractions in Arenal Volcano National Park.
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  • This is the best trekking I have done in my life so far. A local recommended to go there and no agency will recommend you to go there. The bad thing is that you enter the Green Lodge and they charge y...  more »
  • The hike is officially closed but it is possible to do it anyway. We quickly disillusioned because the path is very steep, very difficult and dangerous, even for good walkers. Especially if it rains, very slippery. The path is not marked, when we arrived we were not sure to be in the right place. We turned back because with the mist you couldn't see the lake. Take good shoes and lots of water.
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  • That volcano is simply amazing! Welcoming staff and cheap entrance for this great experience. The hike takes about 3 hours total. After you ascend and descend into the volcano (which is has a more extreme and steep slope) you can come down to a beach and swim inside the volcano. Yes, you've read it right. You can swim inside the Chato volcano. Be ready to make multiple stops and get plenty on water and comfortable shoes.
  • Fun and challenging hike!! We did not make it to the lake at the top but enjoyed beautiful views. Got to see a Mama and baby sloth!!
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