Etiqueta: landscape

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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HIKE THE LEGENDARY CAYAGUANCA

The locals say is a meteorite embedded on one side of the hill. No matter the origin La Peña (Spanish for crag) de Cayaguanca is a great way to know one of the most scenic regions of El Salvador: Alotepeque-Metapán Mountain Range, right on the limits with Honduras, straight North San Salvador.
Start the hike from the colorful and traditional mountain village of San Ignacio. Walk through fincas, communities, milpas (corn fields) and see how real countryside is. Greet the friendly and tireless peasants while ascending on the sides of the hill towards this massive hump outlined on the landscape.

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HIKE SAN SALVADOR VOLCANO CRATER, “EL BOQUERÓN”

El Salvador is one of the countries in the world with more volcanoes per square kilometer. There’s around 26 volcanoes in the country.
San Salvador Volcano is the Westernmost limit of the city. Its crater, El Boquerón, raises 1,800 meters above sea level with depth of more than 400 meters. At the bottom of the crater is a small (45 meters high) cone of debris formed during the last eruption in 1917.
The trail we walk is mostly flat with few tricky sections where you must grab from rocks, roots or branches. Most of the time you’ll see the bottom of the crater and the steep drop, sometimes on a short distance. A really impressive view.

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