Etiqueta: trekking

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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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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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 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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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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