Cerro Chato

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Situated in the Cordillera Volcanica de Guanacaste and near the touristic hub of La Fortuna, this extinct volcano is Volcan Arenal's older brother. The hike is on a marked trail that is very eroded and can be very steep specialy if you come from the Arenal Observatory lodge (taxi needed if you are in La Fortuna, a public bus goes to the national Park entrance where you would have to walk 8km to the Arenal Observatory lodge Cerro Chato trail head) side trail system. It is possible to do a traverse to the waterfalls and or eventually to La Fortuna or the other way around. The summit offers views on the summital lagoon and there is also a clearing that offers views on Arenal. From the summit it is possible when coming from the Arenal Observatory lodge side to take a left and go down to the summital lagoon where swimming is possible at no cost and go back up and rejoin the trail that will take you to the La Catarata de La Fortuna waterfalls where you can take a taxi or walk the road back to La Fortuna.

Elevation (feet): 3,740
Elevation (meters): 1,148
Continent: North America
Country: Costa Rica
Range/Region: Costa Rica - Panama Ranges
Latitude: 10.440837
Longitude: -84.689814
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Volcanic status: Extinct
Nearest major airport: Juan Santa-Maria international, San-José
Convenient Center: San José

Thanks to Nick T for adding this peak.

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