The largest and most diverse Protected Area in El Salvador. This National park is home of thousands of species, some endemic flora, migratory birds and source of eight rivers that sustain life in the mangroves below.
Follow the trail crossing the dense tropical forest, under the shade of old trees. After a couple of miradores and some steep sections we reach the bottom of the valley where a swim in the crystal clear waters of Los Enganches or Piedra Sellada rivers is your best reward. Jump into the ponds and re-charge your energy for the walk up the hill. If you want to go off the beaten track, the hike to Cerro León is another great option.
Keep your senses alert for some wildlife watching. May be from leaf-cutters ants to wild cats, armadillos, anteaters or the majestic King Vulture, one of the largest birds in El Salvador, rare and endangered species.
On a glimpse
Distance walked: 9 Km / 5.6 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 3h 30m
Ascent – Descent: 521 – 771 m / 1709 – 2530 ft
Elevation at start: 980 m / 3215 ft
Top elevation: 1100 m / 3609 ft
Check map, route and more data here
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: 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).
- Private transportation in comfortable vehicle with A/C
- Licensed Tour Guide
- Admissions to National Park
- Local Guide
- Guided hike
- Purified water
- Local taxes
- WiFi via Hot Spot (mobile network)
- Extra meals or drinks
- Personal expenses / Souvenirs
7:00 AM depart from San Salvador
9:00 AM arrive to El Imposible
9:15 AM - 1:00 PM hike*
1:15 - 2:00 PM time for lunch in a local comedor
4:00 arrive to your hotel
*The time of the hike may depend on the pace, ground and weather conditions or route selected.