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First of all, you can absolutely do it, the so-called government fences never has anything on it that say you cannot enter. And the guy in the Green Lagoon hotel told us exactly the same thing - yes you can go.
I started the hike...More
We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teenagers (11 & 15 y/o). I read the reviews and everyone insisted that we can do it, so we decided to, maybe not thinking it was as bad as it was. It was hard, the...More
Read all the reviews from people about being able to go around the fence when coming from the arenal lodge observatory. Unfortunately they have further barricaded off the trail entrance with multiple rows of barbed wire. At the fence and the w arning sign there...More
We took the route through Arenal Observatory Lodge, paid the 12 USD admission fee per person and asked the gate guard for a map and any pointers for the Cerro Chato climb. We had to be specific that we understood it was closed and off...More
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to do it, i suggest you believe in yourself and go for it! It’s the most amazing feeling to get all the way up to the top. Yes it’s hard, but everything in life that’s worth it...More
10 May 2018
Recommend doing on a clear day for best hiking and views of Arenal. Start by driving to the gate of the Arenal Observatory Lodge. There you will pay an entrance fee of $12 per person and will be given a map (we...More
Since last year, you’re not allowed to go up to the top of the volcano anymore and in our tour (Jungle Tours), we only walked around the park. I don’t know if you can do another trail than the one we have done, but it...More
This is definitely a rugged and challenging hike. My BF and I are both in good shape regular gym goes and we loved the challenge. We hiked all the way down to the lake and back out. I was not feeling well the day we...More
We decided to climb the Cerro Chato on the side of La Fortuna. You start the walk on the private property of the Green Lagoon Arenal hotel. You have to pay at the reception.
There, we got a strange explanation that "when you leave their...More
This was a great hike. Paid $10 usd from the local resort for entrance. It took 2 hrs to climb and another 2 hrs to descend. The trail isn't really a trail. It's a path you climb, jump and grab on for dear life. Definitely...More
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First, let me say that if you're an athlete, you will probably have no issues tackling this hike. BUT...I would strongly advise against doing anything alone in a Costa Rica jungle. Maybe the likelihood of any... More
First, let me say that if you're an athlete, you will probably have no issues tackling this hike. BUT...I would strongly advise against doing anything alone in a Costa Rica jungle. Maybe the likelihood of any trouble is slim, but I will say, there are a few dangerous animals in the rainforest. My tour guide said that on one tour, he was climbing the side of the volcano and reached for a root to pull himself up. He came extremely close to grabbing a Fer-de-Lance, one of the most dangerous snakes in the Americas. It's called Terciopelo by locals, and the proper name is Bothrops Asper. If you're in the jungle by yourself and you get bit, it will not be pleasant. They're mostly nocturnal, but if you perchance disturb one, it will get very cranky. Most likely, it will go the opposite direction if it can, but if it's cornered, it will strike. And they are FAST. Their venom is a very potent hemotoxin.
Like the other reply said, there's often people hiking this, but if there's not, or if you're alone, I'd urge you not to do this, or any hike, unless it's on a groomed trail.
I did this hike with a tour guide and another couple from Italy. It was great, but we did it during a torrential tropical downpour, so it was even more challenging for us. We were the only group that climbed into the crater to the lagoon, because our guide (from Red Lava Tours, just a few doors down from the bus terminal in La Fortuna) was a badass. All this being said, as others have pointed out, it's now closed. I'm sure there must be a reason for that. As cool as it is, I'd maybe find another hike in the area. Hit up any Costa Rica tour page on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and they should be able to tell you about other options in the area. Try Desafio Adventure Co, Red Lava Tours, Ecoterra Expeditions, Costa Rica Expeditions, or just Google "tour companies in costa rica."
Please enjoy La Fortuna! It's one of the most beautiful areas of the country.