Tag: El Salvador

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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VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS AND POOLS

One of the most beautiful and best kept getaways in El Salvador: a series of swimming pools with steamy hot waters from natural springs surrounded by a lush nature, coffee forest and geysers.
Set on the skirts of the volcanic Apaneca Mountain Range this hot springs and gardens will make you feel good as new. Bring your best book and leave your stress drawn.
Part of a state-of-the-art coffee mill, this private Resort has a series of swimming pools with mineral rich waters from natural springs. Gardens, fountains, hammocks under the shade of the trees, the sound of running waters, singing birds, spa & massage and volcanic mud treatments plus a full bar and restaurant service will relax your body and mind.

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TAZUMAL, CASA BLANCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND SANTA ANA CITY

Tazumal and Casa Blanca Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers.

The importance of  Tazumal and Casa Blanca is this sites have evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. They were inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya. Including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador. Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. The Site’s museum display ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures. The first civilization that made vitrified pottery in the pre-hispanic Americas.

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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. It was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels. This because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war. This due the close distance from the Capital City, the most strategic target for the guerrillas.
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 ON RIVERS, LAKES, ESTUARIES AND RAMSAR SITES

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 or Ilopango Lakes, two ancient -still active- volcanic calderasSuchitlán, 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.
A good challenge is going down the flow on Lempa, the longest and most important river in El Salvador. You can try paddling from dam-to-dam or take it easy going down the river to the Ocean.

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GULF OF FONSECA

With an area of about 3,200 Km² the Gulf of Fonseca is shared by Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
The group of volcanic islands in the Gulf is a fun trip. If you like the Ocean, sand, sun, boat rides, tranquility and nature. With views to deserted sandy beaches (some we’ll visit), sharp cliffs with caves formed by old lava ducts.
We take a boat at La Unión and ride among the islands. With a little luck we’ll able to watch some marine wildlife such as sea turtles or humpback whales. Watch the always present traditional fishermen on their boats.

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