Reach the highest point in El Salvador, Cerro El Pital. This peak marks the limits between El Salvador and Honduras, so you can be on both sides of the border at once.
The hike starts from El Rosario village crossing different farms up to Cayaguanca crag which is known by the locals as the meteorite. The trail goes up, through a lush cloud forest, to the hump that marks the highest elevation and the limit with Honduras. After reaching the top we must walk 5.5 more Kms (3.4 Mi) to catch the transportation that will drive us back.
Distance walked: 19 Km / 11.8 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 7h30m
Ascent – Descent: 1806 – 645 m / 5925 – 2116 ft
Elevation at start: 1061 m / 3481 ft
Top elevation: 2730 m / 8957 ft
Check map, route and more data here
Environment: Mixed vegetation: farms and forest Steep terrain. Partially shaded. Most of the walk is on trails, some sections on dirt roads.
Highlights: The highest peak in El Salvador, crowned by a lush cloud forest. On a clear day, views to the North-west territory and Honduras..
- Private transportation in vehicle with A/C
- Licensed Tour Guide
- Local guide
- Guided hike to El Pital
- Purified water
- Extra drinks or meals
- Personal expenses / Souvenirs
- Tip for local guide
5:00 AM - Departure from San Salvador
8:30 AM - Start hiking
5:30 PM - Hike's over. Good job!
8:00 PM - Return to San Salvador