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Tour Description

The best time to go is early in the morning, we recommend to coordinate the pickup between 6am-7am to start the hike at 7:30-8:30am. We pickup in San Salvador, Santa Tecla, El Tunco, La Libertad, El Sunzal, El Zonte or surrounding areas. We drive to the slopes of Volcan Santa Ana, following the Cerro Verde Road and start the hike from the area known as El Tibet at 1800mts above sea level. The difficulty of the hike is intermediate, the trail has a light inclination and some stairs at the beginning. We begin to hike in the cloudforest, we walk around one hour under the shade and then as we begin to ascend, the shade is less and less until we start walking over loose volcanic rock. 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 (on a clear day). We reach the summit at approx 2360mts above sea level after approx one hour and a half of hiking. Then we descend the same way.

After the hike, we drive 45 minutes down to the Lake Coatepeque, where you can jump in the water and where you have a delicious local lunch included (options are fried fish, fish fillet, Salvadoran Steak, grilled boneless chicken or vegetarian).

Bring sunblock, 1.5lts of water, sunglasses, rainjacket or sweater depending on season, good hiking shoes. It is recommended to bring food, sandwiches, cookies, to eat while on the summit.

4 Reasons to Choose this Activity

Highest Volcano in the COuntry
Probably the Best View of the country
Intermediate difficulty Hike
Top 5 activity in El Salvador

Accesibilities of The Activity

Food & Drink We stop at a small store to buy water and snacks, Lunch is included 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 Spanish, English
What is included? Roundtrip transportation, tourguide, entrance to the National Park.

Place Description

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 Ilamatemepec, 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. The hike is a little steep at some parts but it is relatively accesible. 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How hard is the hike?
Intermediate difficulty. 500mts altitude gain, doable in 1 to 2 hours.
How to Dress?
Usually temperatures are not super hot in this area of the country, as its high in elevation. Dress as you do for a hard hike, shorts are ok. Bring a sweater in case its windy on the summit. Running shoes are ok. Sunblock, sunglasses are almost mandatory.
Can I use my debit card to purchase things?
It is better to carry cash, as not many places have a POS for cards here.
What is the best time of the year for this activity?
December - February
What type of person should take this trip?
People who like hiking, nature, volcanoes and hard challenges.
Volcan Santa Ana Early Hike
Highest Volcano in the country!
1 Person $125
2 People $75p/p
3 People $60p/p
4 People $60p/p
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Ilamatepec Santa Ana Volcano Early Hike + Lunch in Lake Coatepeque!

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Things to Remember
What to bring?

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.

How hard is it?

The hike is not extreme, aprox 8kms roundtrip, we start at 1800mts above sea level and finish at 2360mts above sea level. It takes aprox 1 hour and a half to reach the summit, for an intermediate hiker at fast pace.