From Cerro Verde’s Visitors Centre we start the walk to Izalco, one of youngest volcanoes in the world. Half the walk -first and last sections- you walk in the shady cloud forest. Then comes Izalco, with no vegetation at all. The whole trek is steep (very steep before reaching top), mixed with steps carved on the dirt to lose rocky ground.
Once on top of Izalco -on a clear day- you can watch the Pacific Ocean to the South, San Salvador volcano to the East, the mountain range between El Salvador and Honduras to the North and volcanoes as far as Guatemala to the West. There are some steam fumes as a reminder this is young fella is not even dormant, just relaxed.
Since Cerro Verde is an extinct volcano at the end of this hike you walked two volcanoes in one day.
Distance: 7 Km
Top Elevation: 2,000 Meters Above Sea Level
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