Santa Ana Volcano hike

Highest volcano in the country

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. 

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. 

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

Introduction

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.

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How difficult is it to hike the Santa Ana volcano?

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.

Can you swim in Santa Ana volcano?

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.

Last Santa ana eruption?

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 

Itinerary

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Pick up time

  • From El Tunco, Zonte,  Surf City area: 7:00 am
  • From San Salvador City: 7:30 am

Drop off

  • In El Tunco, Zonte,  Surf City area: 4:00 pm
  • In San Salvador City: 3:30 pm

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.

Include

  • 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.

Exclusions

  • Meals are not included
  • Tips (optional)

From $70.00

Per person

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