Category: Nature & Adventure

HIKE ACTIVE VOLCANO ILAMATEPEC AND IZALCO

 

Hiking Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, is a top destination: it is the tallest volcano in El Salvador and one of the most active in the country with beautiful sights to the surrounding volcanoes, lake and valleys with diverse crops.
The massive crater is more than 2,380 meters high. The last eruption of this volcano was just few years ago. Today the volcano has five craters, one inside the other, and a depth of around 300 meters. A from the rim you have a great sight to the sulfuric acid lagoon below.
Along the trail you cross through different environments. From cloud forest to blank plains this volcano is habitat for hundreds of species of ild flora and fauna.
The hike to this volcano has a medium difficulty level. You can check data and details here

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HIKING IN EL IMPOSIBLE NATIONAL PARK

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.

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LOS VOLCANES NATIONAL PARK, CERRO VERDE AND COATEPEQUE LAKE

Cerro Verde make up the Eastern most tip of the Sierra de Apaneca mountain range. Formed by more than a dozen volcanoes this is one of El Salvador most valued natural treasures.
What is home to three major volcanoes, Cerro Verde, Santa Ana and Izalco. We’ll take time to walk the area and enjoy some gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Here we also take a pleasant walk through the cloud forest.
The last time Cerro Verde erupted is estimated over 25,000 years ago. Nowadays this extinct volcano is crowned by a dense cloud forest.

Coatepeque lake is without a doubt the blue sapphire of this magnificent region and one of the most beautiful volcanic lakes in the world: an old caldera of about 25 Km² with pristine waters where the Mayans once built a temple on the small island of Teopán to honor their goddess Ixchel. We’ll finish the tour with a panoramic view to the lake.

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HIKE GUAZAPA VOLCANO, GUERRILLA’S STRONGHOLD

Guazapa is en extinct volcano located North in San Salvador province, few kilometers West from Suchitoto.

It was during El Salvador Civil War when this place became a war zone. During the 80s this was the only guerrillas battlefront where the five branches of the Rebel Army fought together and was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Due the close distance from the Capital City, and because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels.
Some of those fighters and their families still live and work their lands on the skirts of the former battle field.

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KAYAKING

El Salvador is a great destination for kayaking enthusiasts, advanced or newbies: volcanic calderas, mangrove estuaries, rivers and wetlands are top on the list.
Enjoy the sun while sets on a line of volcanoes at Jiquilisco estuary or watch resident and migratory birds flocks at Suchitlán lake on one of the cleanest low impact ways of making tourism.
Pick your your destination: Coatepeque Lake, an ancient -still active- volcanic caldera; Suchitlán, the only man-made and largest lake in El Salvador; Jiquilisco bay and estuary, among the most important wetlands in the country: lush estuaries of mangrove with channels to explore or maybe La Barra de Santiago where is still common to spot some crocodile or a “machorra” fish, a living fossil or go down the flow on Lempa, the longest and most important river in El Salvador.

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HIKE THE LEGENDARY CAYAGUANCA CRAG

The locals say is a meteorite embedded on one side of the hill. No matter the origin La Peña (Spanish for crag) de Cayaguanca is a great way to know one of the most scenic regions of El Salvador: Alotepeque-Metapán Mountain Range, right on the limits with Honduras, straight North San Salvador.
Start the hike from the colorful and traditional mountain village of San Ignacio. Walk through fincas, communities, milpas (corn fields) and see how real countryside is. Greet the friendly and tireless peasants while ascending on the sides of the hill towards this massive hump outlined on the landscape.

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