The trip starts from your hotel, we pickup in El Sunzal, El Tunco, San Salvador and Santa Tecla. From Mondays through Wednesdays we hike at 11am and from Thursdays through Sundays we try to start hiking at 8:30. This means, pickup times from San Salvador from Mon-Wed are 9:45 and from Thurs-Sundays pickup is at 6:30. This schedules have been determined by the Salvadorean Minister of Tourism, Minister of Natural Resources and the Police of Tourism. We park the car on the slopes of Volcan Santa Ana at 1800mts above sea level, we start hiking here and finish at aprox 2360mts above sea level. The difficulty is intermediate, the terrain mostly has a light inclination. You begin in the forest, around one hour under the shade and then as you begin to ascend, the shade is less and less until you start walking in loose volcanic rock. At the summit, you can appreciate views of the Pacific Ocean, the Route of the Flowers, San Salvador Volcano, Coatepeque Lake and many other landmarks (on a clear day). Then you descend the same way. Then we stop at the viewpoints of Lake Coatepeque for lunch (not included) and then we drive back to San Salvador.
Bring sunblock, 1.5lts of water, sunglasses, rainjacket or sweater depending on season, good hiking shoes.
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Accesibilities of The Activity
|Food & Drink||We stop at a small store to buy water and snacks, food is available after the hike.|
|Bathrooms||Bathrooms available before the start. No bathrooms once on the trail.|
|Lockers||No Lockers available. You can leave anything you dont need for the hike in the car.|
|Languages||French, Spanish, English|
|What is included?||Roundtrip transportation, tourguide, entrance to the National Park.|
|What is not included||Food, drinks.|
Volcan Santa Ana is an active Volcano, its last eruption was in 2005. It was a big eruption, although not explosive, it threw lots of hot ash up to the air. The Volcano is also called Lamatemepec, which in indigenous language means "old man´s-mountain". The Volcan de Santa Ana is a stratovolcano, which means it has a conical shape created by several layers of hard lava. The Volcano has a crater of aprox 3 kms of circunference and 400mts deep. It is not possible to walk down to the lagoon inside the crater and it is not allowed to go around the crater. You ascend aprox 500 mts , it is a little steep at some parts but majority of it is an inclination of less than 45 angles. The terrain of the Volcano is partially covered under the Evergreen Forest, the remaining part is rock and volcanic material with no shade from the sun.
How hard is the hike?
Hike the highest volcano in El Salvador, aprox 8kms roundtrip hike. Pickup from your hotel.
Santa Ana Volcano is active, its also the second highest point in the whole country, its highest point is 2381 mts above sea level.
Sun Block, Sunglasses, Good hiking shoes, 1.5 lts of water, jacket or sweater.
Rainy season is from May through November. Winds can reach 60kms/h on random times of the year. Hikes can be totally or partially cancelled in case of extreme weather or alerts. Temperature on a windy day can feel as low as 18 degrees celsius on the summit.
The hike is not extreme, aprox 8kms roundtrip, we start at 1800mts and finish at 2350mts. It takes aprox 1 hour to reach the summit, for an experienced hiker at fast pace.