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hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

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hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

Hi, we will be in Arenal area and would like to hike. we're in pretty good shape, we can hike about 10 miles, if it's not that difficult

we're considering two hikes: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato. we will be in Arenal Green hotel. which hike do you recommend? how long do they take? which one offers the better view?

I looked online and didn't find too many details

we would like to hike on our own. Is a guide really needed?

Thanks

Dorit

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1. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

www.ruralcostarica.com Rio Celeste hike is most awesome...

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2. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

The Rio Celeste is in the Tenorio National Park and you might google that to get more info. There is a website that describes all the National Parks, etc, in Costa Rica and that might help.

www.costarica-nationalparks.com click on ACA-T

You can also try this:

www.heliconiaslodge.com

which is an ecolodge near the Rio Celeste and they have a lot of information about the area.

For the Rio Celeste hike, you will drive north to Upala and then south to the entrance to the Park which is just north of Bijagua. Park at the headquarters and hike to the river, the huge waterfall and hot springs. It is a lively hike with lots of up and down. A truly beautiful and wild place.

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3. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

Guide is always good idea...in your case maybe Cerro Chato hike you can do it on your own!

Just buckle up and enjoy the HIKE in PARADISE!

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4. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

Thanks a lot!

which hike offers more wildlife viewing?

why is it recommended to take a guide? are the trails marked? is it for navigation or to enhance the experience?

thanks

Dorit

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5. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

I will also be staying at Arenal Green (in January) It is very near the La Fortuna waterfall. From the map it looks like that once at the bottom of the waterfall trail that you could reach Cerro Chato from that side as opposed to the Arenal Lodge side. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience regarding this trail?

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6. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

I will also be staying at Arenal Green (in January) It is very near the La Fortuna waterfall. From the map it looks like that once at the bottom of the waterfall trail that you could reach Cerro Chato from that side as opposed to the Arenal Lodge side. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience regarding this trail?

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Arenal Green Hotel
Arenal Green Hotel
454 Reviews
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall
7,664 Reviews
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Arenal Lodge
Arenal Lodge
915 Reviews
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Arlington VA USA
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7. Re: hiking: rio Celeste or Cerro Chato

I will also be staying at Arenal Green (in January) It is very near the La Fortuna waterfall. From the map it looks like that once at the bottom of the waterfall trail that you could reach Cerro Chato from that side as opposed to the Arenal Lodge side. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience regarding this trail?

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454 Reviews
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Arenal Lodge
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915 Reviews
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