GUAZAPA VOLCANO

On a glimpse

Distance walked: 12.4 Km / 7.7 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 3h30m – 4h
Ascent – Descent: 460 – 354 m / 1,509 – 1,161 ft
Elevation at start: 363 m / 1,191 ft
Top elevation: 736 m / 2,415 ft

Check map, route and more data here

Environment: rural road among farms mixed with denser vegetation. Partially shaded, mostly on open spaces. Warm most of the times.
Highlights: old clandestine cemeteries, tunnels and trenches used during the war. Your guide may be a former guerrilla fighter.

Summary

One of the most interesting treks in the country. Guazapa is an extinct volcano that was a stronghold of the guerrillas army during 80’s Civil War. Along the trail you’ll see remains of this violent times, from bomb craters, shelters carved in the ground to rebel fighters cemeteries. Don’t be surprised if your local guide is a former guerrilla fighter and he will be happy to share their stories with you.

It is 5-6 hours of actual walking time across farms, forest, dense vegetation, creeks and some dirt roads. Some few steep sections but mostly rough terrain.

Mix and Match
Guazapa is close to other interesting spots the will make your day into an unforgettable experience

  • Suchitoto: one of the most popular tourist destinations in El Salvador: a beautiful small city with rich colonial-style architecture. Here you can find good places to eat and explore the city and its stories.
  • Cihuatán, the largest archaeological park in the country (note all archaeological parks are closed on Monday).
  • Boat ride on Suchitlán. A Ramnsar site and the only man-made lake in the country.

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