Looking for a challenging hike through the rainforest and over an extinct volcano? Look no further! The Cerro Chato extreme hike is perfect for you.
Cerro Chato is often referred to as the older brother of Arenal Volcano. Located next to the impressive Arenal, Cerro Chato last erupted 3,500 years ago. The extinct volcano still has a distinct crater with a picture perfect emerald green colored crater lake.
The day starts off with a drive around the famous Arenal Volcano and then on to the backroads to the Arenal Observatory Lodge. From there the tour continues on foot across the grounds and fields of the lodge until you reach the base of Cerro Chato. This is a great time to catch your breath take a drink before hitting the extreme trail!
The hike up Cerro Chato is on a worn trail. The ascent on the mostly clay path is difficult as steps can be several feet high at times, there are many roots in the way and the trail is at a consistently high pitch.
As you climb, your guide will attempt to point out any wildlife along the way. But please do not confuse this with a nature hike! When you reach the top there is a clearing with an observation point to Arenal Volcano. On clear days the view is spectacular, but keep in mind clear days are few and far between in this region.
The climb down to the crater is nearly vertical and you should remember that what goes down must climb back up! Those that choose to go down to the crater will be rewarded with views across the beautiful green lagoon.
The hike down the other side of the extinct volcano is just as difficult. At the end of the forested area you will be rewarded with views across San Carlos and La Fortuna town as well as the neighboring mountains, Arenal Volcano and cattle fields. The trail continues until you reach the Green Lagoon Lodge. Following the hike you will be provided with lunch.
After the tour you will be returned to your La Fortuna hotel. In total this tour is expected to last 4 – 6 hours, though this can vary significantly based on group speed. The Cerro Chato tour should only be selected if you are in good physical condition and can maintain several hours of difficult uphill and downhill hiking in difficult terrain at a reasonable pace. In addition to round trip transfers and lunch this tour also includes the guide and entrance fees.
- Hiking up and over an extinct volcano
- See an incredibly beautiful crater lake
- Hiking through the rainforest