Recommended only for the bravest and most fit.
The Volcan Izalco is the youngest volcano in El Salvador. Its a Strato-Volcano born in the year 1770. It made eruption for about 300 years. 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 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 hiking of Izalco, but there is an evergreen forest in Cerro Verde you also need to tackle, first on the way down and then on the way up to the Cerro Verde National Park Entrance.
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 7:30am. Then drive aproximately 2 hours to the National Park in Cerro Verde. The difficulty is Hard. We begin in the forest of Cerro Verde, where we descend aprox 1200 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 1200 steps that we descended before... this is the hardest part. Then we depart back to leave you in your hotel aprox at 4pm. 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.