Hiking Izalco and San Salvador Volcanoes

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Activity Level



Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.
You must be able to hike all the way up and down from Cerro Verde to Izalco Volcano and viceversa, once you start the hike there is sometimes the option to stop half the hike to wait for hikers coming down from Izalco volcano to finish the complete loop.

People who are highly sensitive to sunlight and heat should consider not to take this hike

Maximum travelers: 2



English (advanced), Spanish (fluent)

Hiking the Lighthouse of the Pacific and El Boqueron

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire in America with a landscape dominated by rainforest, coffee plantations covered volcanoes, beautiful lakes of volcanic origin plus a good road network, El Salvador is an interesting destination for climbing volcanoes from the central, to the western and eastern.

Outstanding access to great hikes and sights surrounded by a beautiful lake is Parque Nacional Los Volcanes, the Cerro Verde entrance is where the trailhead to Izalco Volcano is

Izalco is a perfectly symmetrical 6486 -feet naked volcano with Fantastic fields of black basalt and a certain highlight for hikers of any visit to El Salvador. also called The Lighthouse of the pacific and considered El Salvador's most beautiful volcano.

We will also visit San Salvador Volcano well-known by locals like El Boquerón or Wide mouth The volcano crater is about one-mile wide and 1, 600-feet deep with its small cinder cone on the crater floor, San Salvador volcano is the easiest volcano hike you can do


Our adventure begins in San Salvador we'll travel west from San Salvador to get to San Salvador Volcano best known by locals as El Boqueron this would be our first stop for an easy-going hike , we will walk an small section of the volcano crater east rim from there we will head west to Los Volcanes National Park Cerro Verde Entrance where we'll start the hike on the flanks of Cerro verde, tackle Izalco Volcano on a more challenging but equally rewarding hike to reach the Izalco volcano summit we have 30 minutes for lunch at the volcano summit and then have to head back to Cerro Verde on the same route, where our adventure concludes.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I'll meet you at your hotel in San Salvador or airport

End location: Hotel, airport or a place to be mutually agreed on

Duration: 11 hours

We highly recommend you start this tour at 7:15 am

The hike for Izalco volcano starts at 11:00 am and it usually takes from 3:30 to 4:00 hours round trip for a person in good physical condition, we spent 30 minutes for lunch on top of the volcano and then head back to the starting point on the same route.

The hike could be canceled in case of heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and other kind of potential risk your tour guide could consider based on his experience and criteria


We will travel in a sedan car clean and with air condition,
For a personalized service this tour sometimes has a car driver beside your local tour guide

What’s Included

My personalized services as your English speaking guide, Transportation, driver, Bottled water, Boqueron and Cerro Verde parks entrance fees, local tour guides for Cerro Verde and Izalco volcano hike

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 US - Payments may include meals,coffee. This is a per person amount,
El Salvador official currency is US Dollars, You do not need to change local currency, there is also a good network of ATMS in the main cities and touristic destinations.
For this tour you should bring cash, there is no ATMS up in the mountain

Euros can only be changed in San Salvador

What’s Extra

Meals, souvenirs, extra drinks

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