Etiqueta: El Salvador

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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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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SURFING IN EL TUNCO, EL SUNZAL AND EL ZONTE

For decades La Libertad beaches were a well kept secret among surfers around the world. Nowadays this series of small black-sanded volcanic beaches are popular but great spots for surfers and beach lovers alike.
Some of the most popular surfing destinations here are on a short distance one another.
Spots such as El Sunzal and El Tunco are excellent for any level of experience. Here you can get a surfboard or lessons from a local expert.
There are many restaurants in the area if you’d like to enjoy some snack, a meal or drinks (not included).
Visit to other surfing spots such as Punta Roca, El Zonte or Mizata available upon request.
Tour includes use of surfboard or one hour of instructor.

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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 and 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 and also take a pleasant walk through the cloud forest. The last time Cerro Verde (Spanish for “Green Hill”) erupted is estimated over 25 thousand years ago with its highest point at 6,600 feet above sea level.

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 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

This two Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers. Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador.

The importance of Tazumal is the archeological site with evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. It was inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya, including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. Here you’ll visit the Site’s museum with ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures and made vitrified pottery since the Early Post Classic Period (900 – 1200 BC).

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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 and was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Due the close distance from the Capital City, and because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels.
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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GULF OF FONSECA

With an area of about 3,200 Km² the Gulf of Fonseca is shared by Honduras (North), Nicaragua (East), the Pacific Ocean (South) and El Salvador (West).
The group of islands in the Gulf is a worthy 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 and volcanic formations.
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 and the always present traditional fishermen.

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