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GreenLagoon Arenal Nature Conservancy Park & Gardens is a private Park, Trails & Gardens Preserve within its 400 Acre-Property. It is the closest property to the Extinct Cerro Chato Volcano, its Crater's Green Lagoon and the Fortuna Waterfall. There...more
300 Mts North of Fortuna Waterfall | Arenal Volcano Area, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 00000, Costa Rica
It was better than we expected. A true adventure! We were in the jungle for 4 - 5 hours, then to the hot river plus so many other features. Not for the non-adventurer type. It would be a challenge if you aren't in good shape....More
This was a spectacular Waterfall in Volcano area. Walk 500 steps down in to canyon to see waterfall and went swimming, took pictures and had a lunch. The trip back up is again 500 steps and quite a climb. Plan for at least an hour...More
We climbed that path from the fortuna waterfall side. It starts steep and it gets worse! Steps, mud and climbing from root to root. I will never forget that experience. We were quick 3,5 h up and down... but we are sportive and now are...More
Longest hike of my life: 8 hours. I usually go on 1-2 hour hikes max in LA but this was a whole different ball game. I am relatively fit and athletic so I can handle it, but it was exhausting. However, it was such an...More
The trailhead says this is difficult and should take 2 hours total. The difficult bit is accurate, as this is more of a scramble than a trail. It is muddy in areas and you should watch what you grab onto for leverage (we came upon...More
I feel SO sorry for anyone that paid for a tour to this lake. First of all it is a HARD climb; steep, muddy. Some points you have to physically pull yourself up and all for... a lake, seriously it's a lake. Has nobody ever...More
A great (uphill) hike through the jungle! It is steep in places, but do-able for most. We hiked into the volcano and even took a swim in the lake. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and rainy that day, so we weren't able to enjoy the views--but...More
Our guides Augusto and Elesere from Arsenal Adventurs were fantastic! The hike is good hard work, and the rewards are fabulous: swimming in a crater lake, swimming in the waterfall pool, seeing a beautiful sunset at the Observatory Lodge, and laying in a thermal fed...More
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We climbed Cerro Chato about a month ago, and started on the Arenal Observatory side before coming down the La Fortuna waterfall side. To get to either starting point you'll probably want a car/taxi - you can walk to the... More
We climbed Cerro Chato about a month ago, and started on the Arenal Observatory side before coming down the La Fortuna waterfall side. To get to either starting point you'll probably want a car/taxi - you can walk to the waterfall side starting point from town, but it's about 4-6km and given that you're just about to climb a big hill, you probably want to save your energy :)
From what we saw/climbed, I would say the Observatory side was harder as it is steeper on that side, and at times it's more of a "scramble" holding onto tree roots etc than it is a "climb". Also, the waterfall side has rough steps cut into the ground for a lot of the walk which makes things easier - no such assistance on the observatory side.
We got a taxi to take us to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, which is where the walk starts from on that side - I think it cost about $25. You then need to pay to go through the lodge grounds - $8 maybe? We then went up the observatory side, down into the crater, back out of the crater, down the waterfall side, and then walked to the waterfall and spent some time there before walking back into town. In total, it probably took us about 7 hours, but if you just did a straight climb up and then down it would be a lot quicker.
I'd advise starting fairly early in the morning, as the weather tends to be better then, and whichever side you start from, I would not advise climbing if it is forecasted to rain - the paths on both side are made of mud, and if it rains it will become much much harder to climb - and probably slightly dangerous.