TAMANIQUE WATERFALLS, EL BALSAMO MOUNTAIN RANGE

On a glimpse

Distance walked: 3.5 Km / 2.2 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 1h 30m
Ascent – Descent: 284 – 258 m / 932 – 846 ft
Elevation at start: 551 m / 1,808 ft
Lowest elevation: 345 m / 1,132 ft

Check map, route and more data here

Environment: some cobblestoned road, crops and forest down into the gore. Mostly shaded.
Highlights: ponds with cool waters to jump in.

Summary
This is a short drive followed by a short hike to a series of waterfalls in El Bálsamo Mountain Range. Fresh waters with ponds to jump in. The “shortest” is 8 mt. high and there’s few more even taller.
Perfect for a morning hike.

Mix and Match
Las Cascadas de Tamanique are located on a short distance from San Salvador and the beach! Find the activity to make your day double fun.

  • El Tunco beach: Here you can mix hiking and beach in one day. Surfing lessons or practice available on request (El Zonte beach also available).
  • Feeling thirsty after the hike? Enjoy your lunch and taste authentic Salvadoran craft beer at Cadejo La Libertad. Here you can choose among many styles while watching the waves crash below you. And, yes, they serve samplers.
  • San Salvador city is close by. Learn the history and the stories that build this city up and the people who made it in a City Tour.
  • The people of El Salvador has been living in the shade of active volcanoes for centuries. In Joya de Cerén you’ll know how was a common day on the life of a group of farmers during the Classic Period of the maya, that were surprised by an eruption, preserving their village under volcanic ash for 1,400 years. This is UNESCOS’s World Heritage Site. Complete your day with San Andrés Archaeological Park.
    (Note: all archaeological parks are closed on Monday).

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