Santa Ana Volcano day Tour El Salvador

The perfect day trip in search of adventure hiking an active volcano. The Ilamapetec volcano

or most known as the Santa Ana’s volcano with 2,381 meters above the sea level is the highest volcano in El Salvador and the fourth in Central America. 

Pick up time:

8:00 am

Return time:

4:30 pm

Language spoken:

English / Spanish

Don’t forget to bring: 

  • Comfortable shoes and outfit according to the weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses + hat
  • Fully charged phone or camera
  • A cheerful mood

Meeting point:

We meet at the Tunco Life office or at your hotel/hostel (Including San Salvador). Make sure to be on time (preferably 15 minutes before departure)

Free cancelation 
Cancel your tour at least 24 hours before departure time and you will get a full refund.
However, if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity, there will be no refund possible.
Not showing up on time or wrong address provided
If you are not at the pick-up location on time or if the directions provided aren’t correct, you will have to buy a new ticket.
Note: If you change location let us know at least 12 hours before departure time. Feel free to drop us a message through WhatsApp or Instagram with your new directions so that we can change it on the list.

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Why book a tour with us?

  • Bilingual tour guides
  • Member of Tourism El Salvador
  • Available all year round!

What's included?

  • Professional driver
  • Brand new units with a/c 
  • Bottled water
  • An awesome Tunco Life t-shirt
  • Coffee tour & waterfalls 

Not included

  • Meals & drinks
  • Tips (optional)

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable outfit according to the weather
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • Fully charged phone or camera

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if the booking is canceled 23 hours or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is canceled 1 day or more before the event

Learn more about Santa Ana volcano tour in El Salvador

Santa Ana Volcano Hike El Salvador

located on the west side of El Salvador, close to Guatemala and about 2 hours and 30 minutes from El Tunco Beach, it is one of the highlights when people visit the smallest country in Central America.

And maybe the most skipped country because of it famous infamous online reputation, despite of the bad media, El Salvador is making its way in the tourism industry. 

Every year, El Salvador is doubling the numbers of tourists who decide to come to El Pulgarcito de América. Also people call it: the country of short distances, which makes it the perfect destination for backpackers seeking adventure activities.

 Santa Ana Volcano or Ilamatepec Volcano in Nahuat, which 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.

Santa Ana Volcano Hike

We departure at 8:00 am from El Tunco beach, if you are in other beaches we pick up you earlier, we take the Litoral main highway in directions to La Libertad city, then we take the road that connects San Salvador State with La Libertad, it takes around 1 hour 40 minutes to get to our first stop, a viewpoint of Coatepeque Lake where from there we have a perfect view of this amazing volcanic lake. From here we see for the first time what our main objective of the day will be, the Santa Ana Volcano.

We arrive at Cerro Verde National before 11:00am, we listen to police and local guides indications and from there the adventure starts.

We descend Cerro Verde hill and right after we start hiking the Santa Ana Volcano, it’s about 2 hours average to get to the top of the volcano.

The faster you get to the top, the more time you are going to have to spend up there. Some clients have done it in 50 minutes, it all depends on your physical condition.

You have 2 hours to get to the top so no rush, we do always recommend to take it easy and enjoy mother nature.

There is a police officer ahead and another one at the end of the group.

Once we make it to the top of Santa Ana Volcano we can enjoy a sulfur green lagoon in the middle of the crater. The color is a result of a mix of bacteria and sulfur. most of the time as you are getting closer to the crater you can start smiling the characteristic smell of sulfur.

Also, on you right side hand you can view the amazing Coatepeque Lake as well as the Izalco volcano.

We come down in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 


Santa ana volcano tour from el tunco or from San Salvador is available