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Cerro Chato and La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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Hike into the crater of Cerro Chato, or Chato Peak, on an active, full-day tour from La Fortuna to a dormant volcano covered in lush rainforest. Walk alongside a local hiking guide as you trek up one side of the volcano, then visit the spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall on your way out of the crater. This full-day tour includes four hours of strenuous hiking, pickup and drop-off at La Fortuna hotels, entrance fees, and a boxed lunch.
  • Full-day Cerro Chato and La Fortuna Waterfall hike
  • Trek through tropical jungle
  • Hike across a dormant volcano
  • See a crater lake and waterfall
  • Pickup and drop-off in La Fortuna
  • All entrance fees included
  • Boxed lunch and beverages provided
Meet a driver at your hotel in downtown La Fortuna for a 7:30am departure, then travel to the western edge of Cerro Chato to begin your hike. Watch for wildlife as you climb into the rainforest, following a steep ridge up the west side of Cerro Chato—it’s a good idea to bring sturdy shoes, as the trail to the crater can be muddy.

When you reach the edge of the Cerro Chato crater, descend to an emerald-green lake that’s fringed with tropical trees, then hike back up the eastern side of the crater. Once you’ve climbed over the edge, you’ll head straight for La Fortuna Waterfall, where the Arenal River drops 230 feet (70 meters) into a deep pool (it’s the perfect spot to cool off after the hike).

After roughly four hours of hiking, begin the return trip to your La Fortuna hotel, with drop-off at roughly 3pm.


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The Cerro Chato and La Fortuna combo...
Justin N
, Nov 2016
The Cerro Chato and La Fortuna combo excursion was the perfect way to start our Costa Rica vacation! The Chato hike was decently difficult, but we had fairly dry ground so it made it easier. Be prepared to have a good, challenging hike even if the ground is dry. The views and surrounding nature make the hike well worth it, and the guide was perfect in pointing out multiple facts along the hike. La Fortuna Waterfall exceeded our expectations. To be in the middle of the rainforest with a massive waterfall nearby is quite the experience. Bring a camera to take your photos, and then get ready to swim by the waterfall and the nearby streams. This combo tour was a perfect day.

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