The Most extreme Hike in El Salvador. Recommended only for the bravest and most fit.
The Volcan Izalco is the youngest volcano in El Salvador. Its a Strato-Volcano with less than 400 years of existing. The Volcan Izalco is still Active and its last major eruption was in 1966. The uniqueness of this hike is that you can walk inside the Crater. There is a climb-down of about 5-10 meters and then you can put your hands in the active fumes inside the crater.
The most extreme Hike in El Salvador"
The Volcano has a very sharp, conic shape which makes it more steep than Santa Ana. Its highest point is 1950 mts above sea level. The terrain of Volcan Izalco is pure rock, volcanic gravel and sand. No trees on the Volcano, so that means no shade during the Hike.
The terrain of the Volcano is partially covered under the Tropical Forest, the remaining part is rock and volcanic sand with no shade from the sun.
The trip starts from your hotel, we pickup in San Salvador, Santa Tecla, El Tunco and El Sunzal...or surrounding areas. We pickup aproximately at 8am. Then drive aproximately 2 hours to the National Park in Cerro Verde. We make a stop at a gas station, for bathrooms and to buy snacks and water. Then we enter the National Park and wait to the local guides to form the group for the 2 hour hike up to the summit. By law, it is mandatory that all hikes depart as one whole group, we are accompanied by the local guides and by an officer of the National Police, this is to guarantee our safety during the hike. The difficulty is Hard. We begin in the forest of Cerro Verde, where we descend aprox 600 stairs down to the Base of Izalco. The ascension is difficult, steep and risky. Its considered a very technical trail where you have to choose your steps very wisely, although some local salvadoreans with not the best physical condition manage to hike it. Ater arriving to the Summit we descend down to the Crater. We can appreciate the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding volcanoes. Then we climb down to the base where we have to ascend the 600 steps that we descended before... this is the hardest part. Then we depart back to leave you in your hotel aprox at 5pm. The weather in El Salvador is beautiful between Dec and May. Then it rains a lot and the visibility is less. The hikes can be cancelled if electrical storms are near or if wind is too strong.