Hike an Active Volcano in El Salvador, the second highest point in the whole country, 2831 mts of pure Nature and Amazing views.
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.
Probably the best Hike in El Salvador"
The Volcano has a crater of aprox 3 kms of diameter and one km deep. It is not possible to walk down to the lagoon inside the crater and it is not allowed to go around the crater. The Santa Ana Volcano Hike starts aprox at 10:45 and it is a guided groupal hike. One whole group goes together with the company of the local park guide and a Police representative. This is the only departure through the day. If you miss the time, you will have to wait for the next day. The Hike starts at Cerro Verde National Park. You have to arrive minutes before to checkin with the local guides. The Hike takes aprox 2 hours departing from Cerro Verde, to get all the way up to the summit. It starts descending the Cerro Verde, aprox 200 mts down in elevation, 45 minutes walking. Then you start ascending when you cross the last park´s checkpoint and bathrooms. You ascend aprox 300 mts , it is a little steep at some parts but majority of it is an inclination of less than 45 angles. The local guides give you around 30min to wander around, but not too far away...then the walking back is through the same trail.
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. 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 Intermediate , the terrain mostly has a light inclination. We begin in the forest, around one hour under the shade and then as we begin to ascend, the shade is less and less until we start walking in volcanic rock and some sand...the terrain is firm most of the times and your toursinelsalvador.com guide is going to be there during the whole hike. At the summit, we can appreciate views of the Pacific Ocean, the Route of the Flowers, San Salvador Volcano, Coatepeque Lake and many other landmarks. The local guides give us aprox 30 minutes for pictures and snacks. Then we descend the same way, always in a group until we reach the bottom where our vehicle is going to be waiting for us. 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.