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HIKE ACTIVE VOLCANO ILAMATEPEC AND IZALCO

 

Hiking Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, is a top destination: it is the tallest volcano in El Salvador and one of the most active in the country with beautiful sights to the surrounding volcanoes, lake and valleys with diverse crops.
The massive crater is more than 2,380 meters high. The last eruption of this volcano was just few years ago. Today the volcano has five craters, one inside the other, and a depth of around 300 meters. A from the rim you have a great sight to the sulfuric acid lagoon below.
Along the trail you cross through different environments. From cloud forest to blank plains this volcano is habitat for hundreds of species of ild flora and fauna.
The hike to this volcano has a medium difficulty level. You can check data and details here

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UNESCO SITE JOYA DE CERÉN & SAN ANDRÉS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARKS


Joya de Cerén is a snapshot of the life of a Mayan community buried in volcanic ash during an eruption.
Around the year 590 A.D. a quiet village was surprised by an eruption from a nearby 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. Also known as the Americas Pompeii is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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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 this 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. Here we also take a pleasant walk through the cloud forest.
The last time Cerro Verde erupted is estimated over 25,000 years ago. Nowadays this extinct volcano is crowned by a dense cloud forest.

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