Top 7 Volcanoes of El Salvador
El Salvador is a land of volcanoes and fertile lands, its territorial extension is only 21,040 km2 making it the smallest country in Latin America. However, it has 177 volcanoes in total and 25 of those are still active, something impressive for a small country, that’s why in this article we would like to present the top 7 of the best volcanoes that you can visit during your visit to El Salvador.
- Ilamatepec or Santa Ana volcano, located in the department of Santa Ana, surrounded by Lake Coatepeque and Izalco volcano, with an elevation of 7,811 feet high. This natural phenomenon is very frequented by international tourists and local visitors due to its unique view. This destination is in the Top Rated Tourism Attractions, famous for its different ecosystems, such as tropical forest, high mountainous paramo and scarce vegetation on lava. It is also known for its emerald-colored lagoon within its crater of 3.5 km in circumference. So if you want to check this majestic place off your list, do not hesitate to call us and book your tours. We are El Salvador Positive Tours and it will be a pleasure to make your trip the best experience.
- Chaparrastique Volcano. It is an active volcano and is 2,129 meters above sea level. It belongs to the Sierra Chinameca located in the third-largest city of the country, San Miguel. This Volcano is very popular for its singularity in its level of difficulty to be able to conquer it, many hikers cataloged it as a level 4. One of its major attractions is a crater well-formed at the top, where you can appreciate rumbles and fumarolic presence. Its last eruption was recorded in 2013, if you want to climb this volcano don’t forget to bring at least 4 liters of water, trekking poles, sunscreen, and a good cap. If you want to add this beautiful volcano to your list, do not hesitate to contact us as we have a Day Tour designed to climb and spend time with a local poor community in that area where you will be received with a lot of love.
- Conchagua Volcano. This volcano is very admirable and recognized by Salvadorans, since it has one of the most panoramic views of the country. From the top you can see the entire Gulf of Fonseca, famous for its more than 35 islands and islets, however only 7 islands belong to El Salvador and a couple are still in dispute with surrounding countries. This volcano is excellent for spotting endemic and migratory birds, as well as camping in the gulf on one of its almost virgin islands.
- Izalco volcano, this almost perfect cone, is popularly known as the Lighthouse of the Pacific, since it is a few kilometers from the coast of the Pacific and can be seen perfectly from the sea, its elevation is 1,985 meters above sea level. This volcano is very frequented by people who love hiking and extreme adventures. This walk, considered difficult, is great for testing your hiking skills. Its last eruption was recorded in 1966, and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in El Salvador.
- Cuntetepeque Volcano or Cerro Verde is an extinct volcano, it’s more than 35,000 years old. It has an elevation of 2,030 meters above sea level, and it is part of Sierra Apaneca Ilamatepec. Today it is a national park complex called the Volcanoes Complex, this place is great to enjoy Birding, take a small interpretive walk within the crater with local guides, this place is also perfect to taste true Salvadoran gastronomy and have a good coffee grown and processed 100% in El Salvador.
- Tecapa Volcano, this majestic volcano popularly known as “The Emerald of America” as described by poet Gabriela Mistral, is just an additional attraction for visitors, it has a green emerald lagoon within its crater, this wonder is located in the department of Usulutan, specifically in the town of Alegría. Its elevation is 1,583 meters above sea level, there are different tours offered to explore this place, one of them is to climb it and go around the crater to have different views of its lagoon. So if you are a volcano lover, this is another option available.
- Volcán de San Salvador, this stratum volcano is a protected area and home to many animals, it is the closest enclosure to the capital, it has an altitude of 1,885 meters above sea level, and is ideal to spend an afternoon with your family. You will be able to enjoy its climate, landscapes, volcanic crater, typical gastronomy, and much more fun activities. Something that must be mentioned is that the volcano is surrounded by El Boqueron National Park, and in order to enter the natural area you must pay an entry fee, however, if you take a tour with El Salvador Positive Tours, all fees, or tickets are included for any destination.