Private hike to active Izalco and Cerro Verde volcanoes. 2 volcanoes in one day!
The youngest -and still active- volcano of El Salvador: the mighty Izalco. This geologically new born is also known as The Lighthouse of the Pacific due its permanent aruptions for over 200 years, making it visible as far as the Salvadoran coastline.
Start walking down Cerro Verde, an extinct volcano, through the cloud forest till we reach the skirts of Izalco to start ascending this challenging, almost perfectly conic volcano.
After getting back to Cerro Verde’s Visitors Center you have been made two volcanoes in one day and can proudly say VENI, VIDI, VICI.
On a glance:
Distance walked: 7.2 Km / 4.5 Mi
Duration (actual walking time): ~ 3h 30m – 4h
Ascent – Descent: 691 – 676 m / 2267 – 2218 ft
Elevation at start: 2019 m / 6624 ft
Top elevation: 2019 m / 6624 ft
Environment: Cloud forest, tall trees and shady on Cerro Verde’s side. Bare loose rock and no tall vegetation on Izalco’s side. Steep slopes on both sides. Some scrambling in last sections of Izalco. On Cerro Verde you must walk down and up near 1,500 steps carved on the dirt.
Highlights: A challenging hike rewarded by stunning views to different volcanic belts and mountain ranges in three countries (on a clear day).
• Izalco Volcano, Santa Ana El Salvador
- All Fees and Taxes
- Admissions to Cerro Verde National Park
- Local guide (park's rules)
- Private transportation
- Private hike. Early departure.
- Licensed Tourist Guide, specialized in trekking, outdoors and adventure travel.
- Strict COVID-19 Safety Protocols watch.
What's not included
- Gratuities to local guides (optional)
- Bottled water
Reaching the top
High pressure jets and fumaroles found in the crater
The crater is 300 m across
The Apaneca volcanic belt
Izalco and Cerro from the distance
The cloud forest
Ok, let's get back...
To reach Izalco yo must cross the cloud forest of Cerro Verde
El Salvador, a volcanic land
Such a big and beautiful pile of rocks
... but is a gratifying one!
Santa Ana volcano seen from Izalco
Believe it or not, there's always a chance to get a popsicle on the top
No one said was going to be an easy hike...
On a clear day the old, solidified lava flows are easily seen
Yey! We made it!
Getting out the cloud forest
The volcanic landscape
The slope gradient. Is steeper than it seems.
- I hired Alfredo Avalos (email@example.com) who was an excellent and knowledgeable guide who took me on a 2-day hiking tour of El Impossible National Park, Santa Ana volcano (at Sunrise) and Izalco volcano. He provided camping gear and was fun to hang out with. I highly recommend his services!2020-01-26
- Alfredo helped us with everything in Izalco. First of all, we took a breakfast at Subway cause we didn’t have enough time to take it at our hotel. The journey was amazing, we were delighted with every minute from the 4 hours trekking trip. We hope to come back to Izalco.2019-05-04
- Mi mas sincero agradecimiento a Alfredo Avalos, guia certificado de Explore El Salvador. Recomendado al 100%!!! Guía instruido con gran disposición y empatía! Una calidad humana increíble...enamorado de su país y la naturaleza. Los invito a conocer El Salvador con Alfredo!2019-11-12
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