What a monster hike. Most of the people rated this hike's difficulty as a 4 out of 5.
We start the day at the base of a muddy jungle area of the Cerro Chato volcano. Once we got to the top of Cerro Chato, we descended into it's lake. That was the most difficult part of the hike. The terrain was steep and the hike became more of a climb. Short of yelling like Tarzan, I was swinging on a rope in the jungle. The descent required hands and feet in the mud. I felt really bad for fellow tourists who were not in good health.
At the lake I took a nice cold swim in the lagoon on top of a dormant volcano. We then came back down and hiked towards the base of the dormant Arenal Volcano. We descended pass a waterfall.
The trip ended at the public hot springs. As we sat in the warm turbulent river as the guides served us cocktails. I chatted up some lovely ladies from Berkeley and Germany. I'm hoping to meet them back in town again.
No luck with the ladies.