Autor: Alfredo Avalos

HIKE ACTIVE VOLCANOES IZALCO AND SANTA ANA (ILAMATEPEC)

 

Izalco is considered one of the youngest volcanoes in the world in that it erupted almost continuously for two centuries when in 1957 it stopped. With its almost perfect volcanic cone of loose rock and ash makes Izalco a favorite among hikers who will see, not only the rugged beauty, but be able to actually feel the heat and steam jets emitting from this geological wonder.
With an elevation of 1,950 meters above sea level this majestic sentinel has a diameter of 250 meters and still shows signs of activity and was once known as The Lighthouse of the Pacific by ancient sailors on their journey along Salvadoran coast line.

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ECLECTIC AND VIBRANT, SAN SALVADOR CITY

Discover the secrets of this modern and contrasting city located in the heart of El Salvador. San Salvador is one of the fastest growing metropolis in Central America with a population of 1.9 million people. You’ll experience the vibrant and sometimes eclectic downtown area “El Centro”, with all it’s colorful street vendors marketing their wares. Also the Metropolitan Cathedral where the great leader of human rights Archbishop Oscar Romero rest. You’ll experience the bustling plazas of downtown with it’s historical buildings and monuments commemorating great influential and historical figures.

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SUCHITOTO, PLACE OF FLOWERS AND BIRDS

No, it’s not Japanese. The name Suchitoto actually comes from the native Nahuat language that means “Place of flowers and birds”. What was one of the most important indigo trade centers of the world, cultural capital of the country and later on a scene of some fierce fighting during the Civil War years, today, with it’s colonial style architecture, old houses with red roof tiles and cobblestone streets, Suchitoto has emerged as a center  for the arts hosting galleries, exhibits and world class music and arts festivals.
Located along the shores of Suchitlán lake, the only man-made lake in El Salvador with a stunning beauty.

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LIFE’S A BEACH AT LA LIBERTAD AND COSTA DEL SOL

Set on the slopes of Cordillera del Bálsamo La Libertad beaches is a series of dark volcanic sand coastline with great views, surfing, gastronomy and laid back atmosphere where life a beach!

Watch the traditional fishermen as they arrive with the catch of the day at the peer and visit their colorful fish market at El Muelle de La Libertad. Take a walk at El Malecón del Puerto. Taste the seafood specialties with a cold coconut as you hear the waves crashing or ride them at El Tunco beach. Or just take a sunbath and swim the warm Pacific Ocean waters watching the pelicans flying nearby at El Sunzal.

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UNESCO SITE JOYA DE CERÉN & SAN ANDRÉS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARKS


Joya de Cerén is a snapshot of the daily life of a Mayan farmers community buried in volcanic ash during an eruption around the year 590 A.D.
When a quiet village was surprised by an eruption from the nearby Laguna Caldera volcano the villagers escaped leaving behind almost everything while more than 20 feet of volcanic ash entombed the region. Unique in Mayan World and one of the most important archeological sites in El Salvador, Joya de Cerén (a.k.a. the Pompeii of the Americas) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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HIKING IN EL IMPOSIBLE NATIONAL PARK

In 5,000 hectares, El Imposible National Park is home to over 400 species of trees, the Ceiba and Ojuste  are a few of the largest and as the park guides will point out many of the plants and trees have medicinal uses. It is estimated there is between 5,000 and 6,000 species of butterflies also armadillos, wild boars, ocelots, white tailed deers, ant eaters and an occasional puma can be spotted in the park. El Imposible is habitat to a reported 285 species of birds including the magnificent Rey Zope (King Vulture).
The terrain of the park is very steep, 250 to almost 1,500  but has a substantial network of trails that should satisfy any avid hiker.

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