Santa Ana Volcano hike

Highest volcano in El Salvador

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Ever hiked an active volcano? Hike up 2,381 meters above sea level and experience the trip of your life reaching the top of the Santa Ana volcano. 

Have you ever gone on a hike on an active volcano? Get moving and feel alive again by taking on this exciting challenge today!

Best volcano to hike in El Salvador

Day tours departing from El Tunco, Zonte (surf city area) or San Salvador. Free hotel/Airbnb pick up and drop off

About this tour


Santa Ana Volcano Hike El Salvador

Located on the west side of El Salvador, the Santa Ana volcano or Ilamatepec volcano is one of the top things to do while you visit El Salvador. It’s the highest volcano and one of so many active volcanos in the country.

How long does it take to reach the top of the volcano?

On average it takes 1.5 hours to get to the top of the crater and 1.5 hours to get back to the base camp. This is one of the main reasons why the Santa Ana volcano has become one of the most popular hikes in El Salvador.

When was the last the Santa ana volcano erupted?

The Santa Ana volcano last eruption was in 2,005, lucky it was a small eruption mostly hash, hot water and rocks. No people got killed or injured. 

What does Ilamatepec means?

Ilamatepec is written in Nahuat and it means Hill’s father is visited by hundreds of people every week. With a nice weather (Much cooler than El Tunco) and with a perfect view of Coatepeque Lake, Izalco Volcano, Sonsonate and the ocean make it the perfect day trip.

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Tour Highlights

  • Santa Ana volcano 
  • Cerro Verde national park
  • Coatepeque lake 



Pick up time

  • 5:30 am El Tunco, Zonte,  Surf City area
  • 6:00 am San Salvador city
  • 7:00 am Stop for breakfast
  • 8:00 am Start of the hike
  • 12:00 pm Lunch time
  • 1:20 pm Departure
  • 2:40 pm San Salvador drop off
  • 3:15 pm  Surf City drop off

Meeting point

Free hotel or Airbnb pick up.

Day tours departing from El Tunco, Zonte (surf city area) or San Salvador includes a free hotel or Airbnb pick up and drop off.

San Salvador includes free hotel or Airbnb pick-up and drop-off in the following areas: San Benito, Santa Elena, La Gran Via hotels.


  • Private tour
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Transportation with air conditioning
  • Free pick up and drop off at hotel or Aibnb
  • All entrance fees

What do I need to bring?

  • At least 1 litre of water
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather appropriate apparel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Full charged phone or camera.


  • Meals are not included
  • Tips (optional)


With only 2,384 meters above sea level the Santa Ana volcano hike is an easy/intermediate level.

The hike is divided into 3 sections:

  • The hike starts in Cerro Verde national park surrounded by trees and shade.
  • The second part is around bushes and a rocky path.
  • The last and most difficult part is when you reach the top of the volcano, in this area there are no trees, only rocks.

The answer is no, you can’t swim in there. Even though the crater’s lagoon looks so beautiful with its green color you can’t swim in there because there is sulphur  and it’s 300 meters deep. Hard to get back even if you survive lol.

You can request this tour at least 24 hours in advance. If you are lucky we could still have availability.

Keep in mind our groups are max 10 people.

El Salvador is becoming a trending destination in 2023 so we suggest you book your tour at least 10 days in advance to guarantee full availability.

  1. Submit the form with your preferable date, pick-up location and number of guests.
  2. We received your tour request and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible with availabily.
  3. You’ll receive a payment link in order to book this tour.
  4. Once the payment has been received, the tour is automatically booked and you are added to our calendar.
  5. 24 hours before your tour you’ll get an email with instructions about your pick-up and recommendations on how to get ready for this tour.

You can cancel your tour at least 24 hours before your departure time, you will get 100% of your money back (Transaction fees may be applied from the platform we use.)

If you cancel less than 24 hours before your departure time no refunds can apply. 

It’s not us, it’s the platform we use that won’t allow us to refund you if you passed the 24-hour time-lapse. 


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