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Top National Parks in El Salvador

By Viator, September 2018

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El Salvador’s national parks promise access to raw nature, sweeping views, vibrant birdlife, and outdoor adventure. From volcano-covered landscapes to sites filled with cloud-skimming peaks, primary forest, rivers, and waterfalls, here are the must-see national parks for nature lovers in El Salvador. 

El Imposible National Park
Located near the border with Guatemala, El Imposible is El Salvador’s largest national park. The park is packed with rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and tropical forest. Its name (meaning “the impossible”) refers to its treacherous gorge, which—prior to the building of the bridge that now traverses it—cost many lives. Wild boars, pumas, and black-crested eagles all live in the park. 

Cerro Verde National Park
Also known as Los Volcanes National Park, this park is home to a trio of volcanoes—Izalco, Cerro Verde, and Santa Ana—all of which are accessible to hikers. At 7,812 feet (2,381 meters), Santa Ana is the highest, and one of its four craters holds a glowing green lake. Active Izalco, nicknamed the Lighthouse of the Pacific because of its frequent eruptions, is a challenging climb, but the views at the top are unrivaled. The now extinct Cerro Verde is carpeted with cloud forest, and hummingbirds can be seen flittering around the foliage. 

Parque Nacional de Montecristo
Situated in the northwestern corner of El Salvador at the border with Honduras and Guatemala, this verdant natural park boasts a dense expanse of cloud forest where many colorful bird species, including iridescent quetzals and toucans, thrive.

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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
San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boquerón National Park, San Salvador, Day Trips
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San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boquerón National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

See San Salvador and its immense, majestic volcano on an informative, private half-day tour. Make the most of your time in San Salvador, exploring its bustling ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.99
Joya de Ceren and El Boqueron National Park Tour From San Salvador, San Salvador, Half-day Tours
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Joya de Ceren and El Boqueron National Park Tour From San Salvador

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A volcano, ash-covered ruins, and tree-flanked trails await on this 4-hour San Salvador tour to El Boquerón National Park and the Joya de Cerén. ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.99
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
Shore Excursion from Acajutla Cerro Verde National Park, El Salvador, Day Trips
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Shore Excursion from Acajutla Cerro Verde National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit the amazing Cerro Verde National Park located on top of an extinct volcano with amazing views of Izalco, Santa Ana volcanoes and Coatepeque lake. On ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
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 Tecla and El Boquerón National Park from San Salvador, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Santa Tecla and El Boquerón National Park from San Salvador

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Visit El Boquerón, San Salvador’s iconic volcano, and get up close and personal with this landmark just 15 miles (25 km) from the city. Walk the trails at ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.00
El Boqueron National Park and San Salvador City Tour, San Salvador, Day Trips
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El Boqueron National Park and San Salvador City Tour

City Tour San Salvador and Volcano. It is a fusion of experiences, for such reason is the most quoted tours, by local and foreign tourists. Discover the ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.75
Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador, San Salvador, Attraction Tickets
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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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