A Grueling Climb to the Top | Hiking Cerro Chato in Costa Rica22 June 2015
In my second year following college graduation, I was slaving away over spreadsheets and flowcharts, hunched over in a little cubicle in some sterile office in downtown Chicago. The only thing foreign about my surroundings was the splotchy discoloration of the carpet below my desk -- presumably from coffee spilled by previous occupants. Meanwhile, my college roommate Brittany -- one of my closest friends -- was living in Liberia, Costa Rica, teaching English in a small school during the week and exploring Central America each weekend. So, when she asked me this year to accompany her on a trip back to visit her previous home, my answer was a resounding yes please.
Her list included a link to some TripAdvisor reviews of a hike to the top of a dormant volcano called Cerro Chato. Sounds challenging and awesome! She added. Would love to see that view of Arenal, and the blue lagoon at the top sounds fun for swimming!
Setting out for our Ascent
The views around us really were stunning. We stopped to coo at a few fluffy cows just off the path at the first lookout point, crossed a rickety wooden bridge over a deep gorge -- one at a time, mind you -- and followed the windy path up and up and up some more.
For me, the views were totally worth it, and I was so proud of myself for doing this hike, but I don't think I would do it again.