On a glimpse

Distance walked: 9 Km / 5.6 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 3h 30m
Ascent – Descent: 521 – 771 m / 1,709 – 2,530 ft
Elevation at start: 980 m / 3,215 ft
Top elevation: 1,100 m / 3,609 ft

Check map, route and more data here


The largest and most diverse National Park in the country: El Imposible. Located South-west Sierra de Apaneca this walk takes you through a couple of stunning lookouts. Then up to Cerro El León from where you can see the famous Paso El Imposible and down the gorge to Ixcanal river. If the flow is good you can take a bath in the cool crystal clear waters. Then return all the way up to the visitors center.

Environment: Humid submontane and sub tropical premontane forest. Rugged terrain with dramatic drops. Many rivers flow the gorges.
Trail mostly shaded. Some steep sections going down and up.
Highlight: Several miradores (view points) overlooking the rugged terrain of the park and the cool waters of Ixcanal river.

Mix and Match

Feeling adventurous? Check the options below:

  • Shorter -but steeper – hike to Los Enganches (6.6 Km / Mi)
  • Less beaten hike to Paso El Imposible, a deep gorge after which the park was named, upon request (subject to clearance  from the park’s authorities).

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