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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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All reviews green lagoon challenging hike observatory lodge tree roots bring lots of water la fortuna hiking boots great hike trail head barbed wire fence avid hiker hiking experience hiked down entrance fee weather conditions decent shape hour hike
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Alexoz02
Reviewed 5 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
5  Thank Christina3737
Reviewed 4 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank joecisdrlove
Reviewed 20 June 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank sailorrob12
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Jessica W
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Mike S
Reviewed 30 April 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Bianca M
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank K H
Reviewed 23 April 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PeterVos91
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Tina T
10 April 2018|
Response from codyt226 | Reviewed this property |
I think it has been "banned" for some time. It was when we went in December. The trails were no longer being maintained but it was still a very hikeable trail.
2 March 2018|
Response from Bermpsom |
30 dollars. Or you can get a shuttle from la fortuna centre to the lodge for 8usd per person. Details on the AOL website along with schedule
Lisa K
10 February 2018|
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Response from donovantwaddle | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lisa! 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