Note: The Cerro Chato hike is closed. Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, adjacent to the more popular Arenal Volcano. Cerro Chato has been inactive for some 3,500 years and rests at an elevation of 3,740 ft (1,140 m). Très difficile et glissant en saison de pluie. Jeannie Myers wrote a review Feb 2019. Ne vaut absollument pas la peine d'aller au cratère s'il y a du brouillard puisqu'on ne voit rien. All that said, we were still going to climb the barbed wire but there were workers out at that time putting up more barbed wire. It’s a little tough hike because of the length of the incline and uneven terrain with an pretty easy trail to follow. Wouldn’t even let us take a picture. The hike starts on a paved road, then through a farmers field with a bunch of cows/bulls (which I was sure were going to charge me! The trail itself appears to be an outflow during heavy rains which creates some really cool sections. Brutal hike. The trail has many characteristics which only a fairly experienced hiker could withstand For example the trail itself is pretty narrow and steep, so you literally have to keep yourself from falling by hanging on to tree roots. The path into the crater was very difficult and there were times I wasn’t sure I’d make it back up some of the mud walls. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año. 1.You dont need be super fit to make it(I don't work out and had 5 fractures at my right foot 11 weeks ago 30yo slightly overweight and stillanaged to do it) The trail is doable but in very bad shape, so apparently the 10$ disappears from your wallet for no obvious reason other than they demand it.The trail is about 2 to 2.5km long, maybe 500-600 meters elevation gain, which is not that bad. But the trail itself requires a lot of scrambling and had bad footing so you are prone to hit something or hurt yourself if you are not careful.When I reached the top, there is no obvious viewpoint. Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This trail is CLOSED to the public and illegal to climb up due to dangerous trail conditions. Once you get to the top its not 30 mins to get to the crater. What fun! You can get around the fence, but you may get turned back and/or fined. Not sure exactly where but it looked like further up the trail. Vous devez être expérimenter pour aller au cratère. Glad we went for it, would make that choice over again, but it’s so rough and difficult I would not do it twice. ThIs is definitely a hard trail. La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, Observatory and Hot Springs, Officially closed and enforced since Nov 2018, Overrated, bad trail condition and the view into the crater is not as great as other people make you believe. You can feel slippery part of trail when decending, but just get on your bum when there is biger steps and go slowly and you will be fine(dont be afraid to get dirty) We went on a clear day and were able to see the entire lagoon. The road to Cerro Chato begins at the parking lot to the La Fortuna waterall (catarata La Fortuna) but as of Feb 2019 Cerro Chato is closed. Please do not attempt to access the trail from this location. But beware, the road to the parking lot there is rough with rocks and might beat up your rental if the model isn’t high enough off the ground. Nearly 3/4ths of the hike is root and mud scrambles, it’s difficult but so fun. Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano that flanks the southeast side of the Arenal Volcano. At the peak of the volcano is a stunning green crater lake. We were staying at Green Lagoon in February. The trail is closed by law, But be careful some people is still charging for this tour, but if the rangers find you hiking there, you may get in real troubles, We were lucky somebody told us no to go. Does anyone know of an access point that can be used? ***This hike is currently closed as of July 2017. Check locally for updated info before you plan this hike. Make sure you make it to the lookout that has a view of the lagoon. We booked a tour (the two volcanoes hike), that was supposed to go up cerro chato. Absolutely amazing end to a great but difficult trail! Totaly worth it, bring enough water and enjoy it! Right guys this is my review after reading a lot of reviews before hiking. Access from Hotel Arenal Observatory Lodge is strictly prohibited. Would not recommend to anyone over 70 either or anyone over 50 who does not exercise regularly. 2 contributions 2 helpful votes. We had a swim 3 sandwiches 3 cigarettes ( yes we do smoke on the hike) and 2 liter of water(should have been 3 as well, as I had to save it later), and in total 4.5 hours to finish the trail. The trail is actually closed, but from The Green Lodge they let you up on their property (for $10 dollar pp) and from the old entrance of the park you’re on your own. The Cerro Chato Hike is a rare opportunity to see one of the most beautiful volcano crater lakes anywhere. I simply had to descend on the more ridiculous "trail" to get to the lake. Steep hike, kind of difficult, but really nice especially if you can see Volcan Arenal on top, at the water! You can still hike the volcano from the Green Lagoon Lodge entrance. I highly recommend wearing gloves - we wore some garden style gloves with hand grips and it really made a huge difference. They have done a ton of hiking and even 40, 36, and 32 mile bike ride respectively. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. 968 likes. When you get to the top of the volcano and begin your descent, there are two paths to go. Unfortunately, its closed not due to it being the rainy season but because the area is becoming more active recently. ), and then through a field. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Cerro Chato Hike Tried to Kill Us! Ruta Cerro Chato de senderismo en La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica). ** Definitely need to be nimble and expect to get muddy. Cerro Chato Hike Ming Cai. Video titled Cerro Chato hike Nov 9th 2019 Costa Rica. Read recent posts about the trail thoroughly!2) There is no mountain rescue if you have an accident because the trail is illegal (probably invalidates travel insurance as well).3) If you are caught by the rangers we were told you could receive up to a couple of months in prison. Book your tickets online for Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Volcano National Park: See 672 reviews, articles, and 548 photos of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), ranked No.18 on Tripadvisor among 46 attractions in Arenal Volcano National Park. How it may impact your vacation plans, alternative volcanic destinations, what has re-opened and other great things you can still do in the affected regions. But you will need some stamina. Half a dozen of Costa Rica's famous volcanoes have closed due to dangerous levels of eruptive activity, bureaucracy and even hurricane damage. ( This part it is very steep but only 5 mins so you will survive) Once you get under the trees the hard part begins and the trail gets very steep. Even if you can't see the water just take left and you will be down in 5 minutes. The trail IS CLOSED! Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): No Hiking this season - See 671 traveller reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. So worth it. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Chato Volcano, sometimes called "Cerro Chato" (Spanish for "Flat Hill"), is an inactive volcano in north-western Costa Rica north-west of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna.It is southeast of the nearby Arenal Volcano.. It took us four hours round-trip from the first fence you encounter a few yards in from the trailhead. It’s not safe at all. At the Green Lagoon Resort you can pay the entrance fee and the give you a “map”. 3. And for the love of god - don’t bring your kids. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. At the fence and the w arning sign there is a row of barbed wire which goes about 4 feet high. The taxi fare I got from the center of Fortuna is 3000 Colones, which I believe is very fair. Prices above are provided by partners for one person and may not include all taxes and fees. Bring about 1.5L water per person minimum. I'm sure if you walk far enough in there must be a way around the barbed wire, but i walked around it pretty extensively and couldn't tell. It was hard, the terrain is not easy, there are times when you are scrambling trying to figure out how to get up or down. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Officially closed and enforced since Nov 2018 - See 672 traveler reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at … Rio, Bosque Eterno, el Camino, and Bosque Nuboso Loop. When you get to the rim of Cerro Chato, as other people have noted, the descent down to the water is much steeper and borderline dangerous. This entire portion is uphill and we started our hike at noon while the sun and heat were agonizing. We had to be specific that we understood it was closed and off their grounds. The lake is nice but like I said you only get to see it when you are by it, not from the top of the trail, which leaves you only half the fun.All in all, I left from Green Lagoon feeling the half day is not spent well. Once we got into the jungle the hiking was still grueling but you had the shade of the jungle and I found the rest of the hike to be more manageable. - See 672 traveller reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. We saw a ant eater and a small snake we haven’t identified yet. Took us about 3 hours and 20 min to complete including 40 min of swimming/hanging out at the lake. We didnt encounter any ''power rangers'' which I guess they might turned up there one in a month or even less. I imagine if it were raining it’d be nearly impossible. We are both 28 and in good shape with a fair amount of hiking experience, but I think anyone in average condition could do this hike if they really want it. Go from the Green Lagoon Resort, they will charge your $10 and give you a map that says you have to turn around at a specified point but then give you direction all the way to the crater lake. Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, adjacent to the more popular Arenal Volcano. Definitely worth the scramble and mud! Splendid, but not safe ... Share. There have been older men who dropped dead on this trail - take it seriously. Cerro Chato is an extinct volcano that has been inactive for some 3,500 years and rests on the southeast side of the Arenal Volcano reaching an elevation of 3,740 feet. The first half or so is mostly uphill walking on a dirt road. You go over 3 to 4 ft mud walls and vines plus some of the trail is extremely narrow and washed. Cerro Chato, Durazno Department, Uruguay 30204. 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This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Amazing trail overall and spectacular views!! At the green lagoon lodge they made it pretty clear that by hiking the trail you are doing so at your own risk since it is technically closed. Loved this hike! Radio Tiempos Fm cerro chato. After your hike up Cerro Chato, check out the Arenal Observatory for a tour of the Arenal Volcano trails or hanging bridges! 10$ is fair until you figure out they do nothing on the trail. One to the right and one to the left. If you encounter anyone telling you otherwise or trying to sell you this tour, please know that Cerro Chato is closed indefinitely for the rainy season and this person is most likely an illegal operator. Pretty awesome hike. We saw several bugs and spiders so watch what you are grabbing onto as you make your way up the trail. Couple hoax ar just lame review thing that I would write down. People. I shot a time lapse of the hike and have put it on YouTube. All very fun and not too challenging if you’re in good shape. Then there is another row of barbed wire closer to the trail that you walk to get there. However, I found the most difficult portion to be the hike up to the actual trailhead in the jungle. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Great view, Dirty Hike - See 672 traveller reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. We had to swim around the lake with all of our gear to find a better way up which did work out well. 33 visits. Make sure to have good hiking shoe traction. Madame Café - Cafetería. The Chato Volcano is located close to La Fortuna. The hike is approximately 4 miles round trip, and generally takes about 4-5 hours to complete given the steepness of the trail. It's my day-off today. We had read that it was possible to do this despite being closed since 2017.1) We’d read that the condition of the trail has deteriorated over the past few months. Closed. We didn’t walk this trail, as it is officially illegal and strictly enforced since November 2018. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Its not 'vertical' or extremely dificult. Also def bring insect repellent or you will be eaten alive by the mosquitoes, they are everywhere. So when you get to the top, definitely take the left trail to begin descent to the lake. I did this hike a few months ago, it was a bit difficult to find out where the trail started but if you follow the road and go under a couple of barbed wired fences then you are heading the right way. 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. I clocked it at about 2.1 miles from the GreenLagoon reception building to the edge of the lake in the crater. Even the gate worker that gave us the map told us a number of times that we couldn't do it. Answer 1 of 6: I am interested in hiking Cerro Chato to see the crater lake, but see on a blog that trails have been closed from Arenal Observatory Lodge and Green Lagoon Lodge. My friend and I did this about a month ago. Nonprofit Organization. Local Service. Arenal Volcano National Park - Things to Do, things to do in Arenal Volcano National Park. Please be aware of what you are getting into as the trail is completely washed out now. Upon arrival, if you go inside the hotel lobby, they charge you 10$ for entrance fee to the National park. Unfortunately they have further barricaded off the trail entrance with multiple rows of barbed wire. Very worth it but difficult. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, do it!!! Contact Cerro Chato Pueblo Turístico on Messenger. . We spotted some small leeches but they didn’t seem interested in us. Cerro Chato | Ruta La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica) Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. While the hike is technically close you could tell where the trail started by the barbed wire fences. The views were incredible and we took a much needed swim in the cool water. Needless to say, I ended up completely covered in mud by the end. Lucky for us, it was fairly dry. Also, you have to ignore a lot of warning and closed signs but it is well worth it. We began the journey transferring us from La Fortuna around the Arenal Volcano until the hotel "Observatory Lodge," there we began the walk toward the summit of Chato Hill through a very dense primary forest. The trail is actually closed, but from The Green Lodge they let you up on their property (for $10 dollar pp) and from the old entrance of the park you’re on your own. On the way back up it started to rain which made this part really really sketchy. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Extreme - See 672 traveller reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. Go early, it took us 6 hours and we were scared it was going to get dark on us, so we felt rushed. Do not go left. Do not do this hike if you have limited hiking experience or have knee issues. AOL site (https:/…cerro-chato-volcano) says, "Access to Cerro Chato is prohibited by order of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)".When we stayed at AOL in August, we passed by the sign pointing toward Cerro Chato, there was no sign that it was closed, but I assume the web site info was sufficient. We showed up at 8AM and finished around 1:30PM. In bonus, 4 little mantras for everyday life. It had rained heavily the night before and the climb was slick and the going was tough, mainly through washed-out channels between tree root structures. Pour la descente du cratère, c'est très difficile et TRÈS glissant! It was nuts. As other have said, start at Green Lagoon. It is "closed", but you can get around the fence and there were a couple of others out there being as crazy as us. We told a local on one of our tours about our plan to hike it and he actually drove us up to the green lagoon lodge so we didn’t have to take a taxi. Hope that others have better luck than we did, but I wouldn't count on it. I was winded! AND we can say we climbed up a volcano and inside of it into the crater lake. You're essentially climbing up mud rocks where at times you have a 20 foot fall if you mess up. My girlfriend stayed about two thirds of the way up with our pack as I scrambled down the last little bit. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. The entrance to the trail is a little confusing, there is a little bridge on the left side of the paved road where you enter the jungle. Overall, I got up in about an hour from really pushing it and the walk down to the lagoon was another 20 minutes but totally worth it. Give yourself the day! If you're in the area, I highly recommend considering this one. We read what everyone said about it being extremely difficult and watched many videos, and somehow it was still much more difficult than expected. My username on YouTube is Southern Wayfarer if you wanna watch. Once you get into the jungle its pretty much all scrambling to get up. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/costa-rica/alajuela/arenal-volcano-trail As someone who lives in Colorado and hikes at elevation, I had to catch my breathe multiple times. It was almost a vertical face of straight mud and we were grasping for anything we could hold onto as we slid down. 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. In particular, the steep scrambles are said to be dangerous after rainfall (it rained heavily). We got all the way up & was going to descend to the lake when we crossed park rangers. Even the roads in were fairly steep. All in all super cool trail, definitely worth it, and remember to take your time with the part going into and out of the crater since that is what makes this trail dangerous. We started the Cerro Chato hike from the Observatory. ... April 14, 2019. Descarga el track GPS y sigue el recorrido del itinerario del sendero desde un mapa. We did it on mid September as is beginning of rainy season? We had a great time. This hike was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is up for the challenge. Take lots of water, we should've taken more than 2 bottles per person, at least 3 or 4. Lake Cerro Chato Trail [GESCHLOSSEN] ist ein 3.8 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. By Salina on Friday, June 7, 2019. At the peak of the volcano is a stunning green crater lake. Prior to hiking this trail we spoke to some locals who agreed that while it is technically closed, many tourist still hike it without any problems. Cerro Chato Volcano Hike Hiking up Cerro Chato is definitely defying and not for anyone who is simply just looking to get some exercise. Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens: One of the hardest hikes ever, but so rewarding - See 354 traveler reviews, 406 candid photos, and great deals for La … If you can/do make it, it’s a fairly difficult, but beautiful trail in Costa Rican Jungles! Bring the essentials, water, food, flashlight, etc. $10 fee per person. It’s a fun, steep hike- I wouldn’t recommend it though if you’re not in good fitness or if you’re not feeling like going up a 2000ft muddy slog. more. The more skin you leave exposed on this hike, the more you will suffer. As a Butterfly Ranger (aka: working as a volunteer at the Butterfly Conservatory),… KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE TRAIL, We started from the Green Lagoon resort where you go into the reception area and pay $10 to access the trail. Tough hike, technically closed, nice crater lake/lagoon at the end! We were told the reason they were closed is because people were using them to illegally hike to the summit of Arenal Volcano. Before, hiking was accessible from the Arenal Observatory, however hiking access was recently closed. If you aren’t in 1/2 ok shape, DO NOT ATTEMPT! That being said, it is doable if you prepare properly. In this sense, it is quite different from the neighboring Arenal, which is much taller and … Ne tentez pas d'accéder au sentier à partir de cet endroit. I almost ran into a jumping viper and saw death flash before my eyes. Lots of uneven ground and a little time on all 4, but nothing to tough. The hike to Cerro Chato is said to be one of the most difficult hikes in Costa Rica, and in July 2017, the government closed … Be advised that there is a fence right near they trailhead and then two more very close together about a third of the way up to the rim. The trail is definitely as tough as others have said. Related Pages. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Closed - See 671 traveler reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. Read all the reviews from people about being able to go around the fence when coming from the arenal lodge observatory. Lastly watch out for SNAKES. We chose the one to the right and it was a big mistake. They spoke Spanish & we couldn’t communicate well, but they turned ya around. Tiene un lago y es calificado como difícil. 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