In 5,000 hectares, El Imposible National Park is home to over 400 species of trees. The Ceiba and Ojuste are a few of the largest and as the park guides will point out many of the plants and trees have medicinal uses.
It is estimated there is between 5,000 and 6,000 species of butterflies. Also armadillos, wild boars, ocelots, white tailed deers, ant eaters and an occasional puma can be spotted in the park.
El Imposible is habitat to a reported 285 species of birds including the magnificent Rey Zope (King Vulture).
The terrain of the park is very steep but has a substantial network of trails that should satisfy any avid hiker.
Back in the early part of the 20th century coffee growers used to transport their crop by mules from the fincas, North of their park, to the Port of Acajutla in the South. A steep mountain pass with just makeshift log bridges was their only means to cross a treacherous narrow gorge. Unfortunately the weight of men, mules and load often proved too much for these precarious bridges sending many to their death.
El Imposible became the name and in 1968 the government constructed a bridge at the gorge. A plaque was placed that says “Año 1968, dejó de ser imposible” (year 1968 no longer impossible).
Recommended hikes to Piedra Sellada or Los Enganches take around 3-4 hours, round trip. Shorter or longer trails available upon request. Lunch may be taken at a small restaurant/Hostel located near the entrance of the park.