10 Essential Things You Need to Know Before Hiking Santa Ana Volcano
Hiking the highest volcano in El Salvador is adventurous and fun if you do it correctly. Read carefully the following list of things you need to do in order to make the most of it.
After hiking the Santa Ana Volcano more than 50 times only this year and have experienced all kind of crazy things with different groups of clients, from finding beautiful snakes, to people who almost died because they forgot to bring the bronchodilators for their asthma to people who made it to the top running (yeah, crazy Crossfit people) we have decided to make a list of 10 essential but crucial things you need to know before hiking the highest volcano in El Salvador
1. Have a proper rest (Don’t party too hard the night before)
Even though hiking the Santa Ana Volcano is not an advanced hike, we highly recommend to have some rest, your body will need the muscles and brain relaxed.
2. Have a delicious breakfast before the hike
3. Bring the right equipment
4. Some snacks and fruit are perfect!
5. Listen carefully to all the instructions before leaving the van
At the moment of the arrival at Cerro Verde National Park, the tour guide will give you instructions in English before you get off the van, these instructions are the same as the ones the local guides and police officers will give to the public.
In case there are new or specific instruction the tour guide will translate for you.
6. Don’t take shortcuts
Basically, the reason why we ask you to don’t take shortcuts is that taking shortcuts will help erode the ground which is something we don’t want to happen and second and most importantly is that if you take shortcuts you probably will end on a snakes area and you could get bitten. Unfortunately, we don’t have the tools and resources to evacuate you down in minutes or ask for a helicopter rescue
7. Take your time and enjoy the adventure
We have 2 hours to get to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano, don’t try to follow the first group that goes ahead with the police officer and local guides, they do it every day.
We divide the hike into 3 sections, you’ll see people going fast and talking all the time in the first stage, don’t follow them. 20 minutes later these people are already tired and left behind.
There are different sightseeing point where you can stop, relax or simple take amazing photos of the area.
Tip: Once you get to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano, make a right and walk 10 more meters, that’s where you are going to have the best view of the crater and there are fewer people, your welcome 🙂
8. In case of an accident
The Tunco Life tour guide is always behind the last person of the group, in case of an accident, he will organize with the help of the local guides and the police your extraction of the area. You will be taken immediately to the nearest hospital.
9. Becarefull with the selfie
Congratulations! You have made it to the top of the highest volcano in El Salvador. Now, it’s time for a selfie, right?
Be careful, don’t get too close to the edge of the crater, that’s a 300 meters free fall.
10. Keep the trash with you all the time
Please help us keep clean the area, the trash doesn’t come along, take it back with you.