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El Salvador National Parks

By Viator, June 2015

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El Salvador’s wild cloud forests, vast deserted beaches and looming volcanoes make it one of Central America’s most intriguing destinations and the country’s four national parks are the best place to take in its varied topography. 

The smallest of El Salvador’s national parks, El Boqueron National Park is the closest to the capital and hiking its central volcano offers spectacular views over San Salvador and the surrounding mountains. Heading west, the Cerro Verde National Park is overlooked by a trio of towering volcanoes – the eponymous Cerro Verde, capped with one of El Salvador’s only cloud forests; the once-volatile Izalco volcano, otherwise known as the "Lighthouse of the Pacific;" and the 2,381-meter high Santa Ana, El Salvador’s highest and most active volcano. Hiking and wildlife spotting are the main activities in Cerro Verde, while the neighboring Coatepeque crater lake is a good choice for swimming, scuba diving and water sports.

El Salvador’s largest protected area is the El Imposible National Park, an expanse of soaring mountains, treacherous gorges and forested valleys not far from the Guatemalan border. Home to one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems, El Imposible is teeming with unique plant and wildlife, with more than 250 bird varieties found in the park, as well as tigrillos, wild boars and even puma. Finally, the Montecristo National Park is an idyllic off-the-beaten-track spot, with 1,972 hectares of lush rainforests, high-altitude cloud forests and mountain valleys stretching along the borders of Guatemala and Honduras. You’ll need a guide to explore the park, but you’ll be rewarded with an array of spectacular flora and fauna, including rare bird species like toucans, quetzals and striped owls, dozens of orchid varieties, and mammals like spider monkeys and anteaters.

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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park, San Salvador, null
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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Make the most of your long layover in San Salvador by taking 4 hours to tour the city and visit the majestic volcano affectionately known as El Boquerón, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99
Tour El Imposible National Park Day Trip from San Salvador, San Salvador, Layover Tours
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Tour El Imposible National Park Day Trip from San Salvador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the natural wonders of El Salvador’s El Imposible National Park on this 10-hour private tour. Explore this verdant paradise with a knowledgeable, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99
Cerro Verde National Park Volcanoes and Lake Coatepeque from San Salvador, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Cerro Verde National Park Volcanoes and Lake Coatepeque from San Salvador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore the volcano complex of Cerro Verde National Park, which showcases some of El Salvador’s most amazing volcanoes: Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Full Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes of El Salvador, Cerro Verde and the Flowers Route, San ... 
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Full Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes of El Salvador, Cerro Verde and the Flowers Route

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This full day tour will take you to the highlights of El Salvador including Cerro Verde National Park at the Lake and Volcano Complex, Panoramic view of ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00
Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador

Huff your way up Santa Ana (Ilamatepec) volcano, El Salvador’s highest, on this full-day tour in Cerro Verde National Park. Walk through a windy cloud forest, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.99

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