Cerro Chato Trail
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Cerro Chato Trail information
The ultimate hike in the national park, the Cerro Chato Trail meanders through pasture before climbing steeply into patches of virgin growth, reaching into misty sky. The trail crests Cerro Chato, Arenal’s dormant partner, and ends in a 1100m-high volcanic lake that is perfect for a dip. The hike is only 8km round trip, but it will take two to three hours each way.
The trail starts at the Arenal Observatory Lodge on the western side of the volcano, or there is an alternative, even more strenuous route that departs from La Catarata de la Fortuna and approaches from the east. If you’re taking the western route, be sure to enter the Observatory Lodge to get on the correct trail; bypass the dodgy operation that has set up shop just outside the gates.