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. It was cloudy when we got to the top, but cleared up after a few minutes and we were able to see how beautiful it is. Ne vaut absollument pas la peine d'aller au cratère s'il y a du brouillard puisqu'on ne voit rien. 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. We saw a ant eater and a small snake we haven’t identified yet. Cerro Chato | Ruta La Fortuna, Alajuela (Republic of Costa Rica) Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. Pour la descente du cratère, c'est très difficile et TRÈS glissant! It started out on a road, then gravel road, the you cross a foot bridge, walk up a hill on a trail through grassy area, then into the jungle! 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. Totaly worth it, bring enough water and enjoy it! It was almost a vertical face of straight mud and we were grasping for anything we could hold onto as we slid down. Awesome hike! We hiked this with our 3 boys 8, 7, and 5 year old. It's my day-off today. First of all, you can absolutely do it, the so-called government fences never has anything on it that say you cannot enter. We were staying at Green Lagoon in February. 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 this sense, it is quite different from the neighboring Arenal, which is much taller and … 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 their grounds. We spotted some small leeches but they didn’t seem interested in us. 10$ is fair until you figure out they do nothing on the trail. Sarah Simon - Dec 16, 2016 9:10 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2016 Steamy jungle hike . Pretty awesome hike. Radio Tiempos Fm cerro chato. Give yourself the day! We chose the one to the right and it was a big mistake. The trail IS CLOSED! And the guy in the Green Lagoon hotel told us exactly the same thing - yes you can go.I started the hike from Green Lagoon. Right guys this is my review after reading a lot of reviews before hiking. Jeannie Myers wrote a review Feb 2019. But you will need some stamina. 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. Once you get into the jungle its pretty much all scrambling to get up. It took us four hours round-trip from the first fence you encounter a few yards in from the trailhead. Very worth it but difficult. Glad we went for it, would make that choice over again, but it’s so rough and difficult I would not do it twice. You're essentially climbing up mud rocks where at times you have a 20 foot fall if you mess up. The hike down the trail was still difficult and at several points just sat and slide down on my butt out of fear that I was going to hurt an ankle. 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! We got all the way up & was going to descend to the lake when we crossed park rangers. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año. Make sure you make it to the lookout that has a view of the lagoon. Make sure to have good hiking shoe traction. ), and then through a field. 2. 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. Please do not attempt to access the trail from this location. Hotels near Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) Hotels near Lake ... and treacherous slippery trails, the hike is closed for now. And for the love of god - don’t bring your kids. Lastly watch out for SNAKES. Nonprofit Organization. Now, our boys aren’t your normal boys. Around a mile in the trail turns to actual steep muddy trail, lots of drop downs and mud walls. If you enjoy using your hands and feet, getting dirty, and hiking in the jungle, this hike is perfect for you. They spoke Spanish & we couldn’t communicate well, but they turned ya around. 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. 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. Tiene un lago y es calificado como difícil. Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano): Closed - See 671 traveler reviews, 548 candid photos, and great deals for Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, at Tripadvisor. Absolutely amazing end to a great but difficult 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 trail is not maintained and it’s hard to find the lake from there. We took off around 9am to hike up. Cerro Chato, Durazno Department, Uruguay 30204. I clocked it at about 2.1 miles from the GreenLagoon reception building to the edge of the lake in the crater. Lucky for us, it was fairly dry. Lake Cerro Chato Trail [CERRADO] es un sendero de ida y vuelta de 3.8 millas con tráfico moderado localizado cerca de San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica. But if you do give random names to avoid fine. The first half or so is mostly uphill walking on a dirt road. 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. That being said, it is doable if you prepare properly. 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. 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 the trail down. ***This hike is currently closed as of July 2017. Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, adjacent to the more popular Arenal Volcano. 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. The Cerro Chato (to the right of the tallest volcano Arenal on the picture) is one of the hikes you don't want to miss if you travel to Costa Rica. Once you get under the trees the hard part begins and the trail gets very steep. On the way back up it started to rain which made this part really really sketchy. Its not 'vertical' or extremely dificult. Even if you can't see the water just take left and you will be down in 5 minutes. Descarga el track GPS y sigue el recorrido del itinerario del sendero desde un mapa. It is "closed", but you can get around the fence and there were a couple of others out there being as crazy as us. Upon arrival, if you go inside the hotel lobby, they charge you 10$ for entrance fee to the National park. 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. We didnt encounter any ''power rangers'' which I guess they might turned up there one in a month or even less. The thermal vents underneath the lagoon on top of cerro chato are heating it, causing marine life to die. 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. 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. Vous devez être expérimenter pour aller au cratère. Nearly 3/4ths of the hike is root and mud scrambles, it’s difficult but so fun. All very fun and not too challenging if you’re in good shape. We got our butts beat by this volcano lol, we came out with bruises, scratches and mud everywhere, but it was so worth it. People. 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. We booked a tour (the two volcanoes hike), that was supposed to go up cerro chato. Er führt entlang eines Sees, durch schönen Wald und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. The hike is approximately 4 miles round trip, and generally takes about 4-5 hours to complete given the steepness of the trail. 968 likes. At the peak of the volcano is a stunning green crater lake. Tough hike, technically closed, nice crater lake/lagoon at the end! 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. Very nice hike up on Cerro Chato. We started the Cerro Chato hike from the Observatory. Local Service. 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. more. The Chato Volcano is located close to La Fortuna. When you get to the split at the top, go right. Reserva Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal en Tripadvisor: Consulta 672 opiniones, artículos, y 548 fotos de Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), clasificada en Tripadvisor en el N.°18 de 46 atracciones en Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal. 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. I almost ran into a jumping viper and saw death flash before my eyes. My husband and I hiked this trail last week and it was worth every bruise and scrape I got along the way. The Cerro Chato Hike is a rare opportunity to see one of the most beautiful volcano crater lakes anywhere. It brought us closer as a family, like we worked together to survive this lol. Closed. This is for serious hikers only. 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. Steep hike, kind of difficult, but really nice especially if you can see Volcan Arenal on top, at the water! Take lots of water, we should've taken more than 2 bottles per person, at least 3 or 4. We didn’t walk this trail, as it is officially illegal and strictly enforced since November 2018. Get Directions +598 92 958 782. 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) AND we can say we climbed up a volcano and inside of it into the crater lake. We didn’t because we were staying at the hotel. Then there is another row of barbed wire closer to the trail that you walk to get there. What fun! This trail is CLOSED to the public and illegal to climb up due to dangerous trail conditions. Also, you have to ignore a lot of warning and closed signs but it is well worth it. However, I found the most difficult portion to be the hike up to the actual trailhead in the jungle. Bring the essentials, water, food, flashlight, etc. Contact Cerro Chato Pueblo Turístico on Messenger. We had a great time. One to the right and one to the left. If hiking Cerro Chato in the rainy season (May-November), there is a very high likelihood that you will be hiking through a deluge the entire time. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. 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