Private hike to active Izalco and Cerro Verde volcanoes. 2 volcanoes in one day!

Private hike to active Izalco and Cerro Verde volcanoes. 2 volcanoes in one day!


Tour description


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).

Stop At:

• Izalco Volcano, Santa Ana El Salvador

What's included

  • 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

Provider Photos

  • 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!

  • Stunning views

  • Fumaroles

  • The top!

  • Getting out the cloud forest

  • The volcanic landscape

  • The slope gradient. Is steeper than it seems.


User Reviews

  • Ryan G
    I hired Alfredo Avalos ( 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!
  • josebueno12
    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.
  • Juan Carlos Q
    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!




    Duration7 hours

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