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Best Santa Ana Volcano Hike Tour + Views of Coatepeque Lake

El Salvador's highlight outdoor adventure

Hike an active volcano! The Santa Ana volcano hike tour is a lifetime adventure experience.  It’s the highest volcano in El Salvador.

From $75 per person

Hiking the Santa Ana Volcano

Santa Ana Volcano Hike Tour: an exhilarating journey through the heart of El Salvador’s breathtaking landscapes. Just an hour and a half from Tunco Beach, this hike offers adventurers the chance to conquer the country’s highest volcano, with stunning panoramic views and a mesmerizing turquoise crater lake.

Ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, the trail provides a challenging yet rewarding experience, showcasing the diverse beauty of El Salvador’s volcanic terrain. Discover the thrill of ascending to the summit and witnessing one of Central America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike an Active volcano
  • Moderate hike: 1 hour 30 minutes to the top of the crater
  • Izalco volcano views
  • Coatepeque lake views
  • Cerro Verde national park views
  • All entrance fees included

Full description of the Santa Ana Volcano hike tour

Have you ever hiked an active volcano? The Santa ana volcano hike tour is a lifetime adventure experience. Reach the top of the crater in just 1.5 hours, the Santa Ana Volcano height is 2,384 meter above sea level, it’s the highest volcano in El Salvador and one of the third-highest point in El Salvador

Santa Ana Volcano, the highest peak in El Salvador.

Located on the west side of the country, near the Guatemalan border and about two hours from El Tunco Beach, this hike is a must-do for adventure enthusiasts.

The hike typically takes around 3hours round trip (1.5 hours to get to the top of the volcano and 1.5 hours to get back down) and is of moderate difficulty, making it accessible for most hikers.

You’ll start at an elevation of approximately 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) and ascend to the summit at 2,381 meters (7,812 feet), with an elevation gain of about 580 meters (1,900 feet).

A knowledgeable tour guide is essential for this trek, as they will navigate the trails and enhance your experience with local insights. As you hike, you’ll enjoy cooler temperatures compared to the coastal areas and be rewarded with stunning views of Coatepeque Lake, Izalco Volcano, Sonsonate, and the Pacific Ocean.

For a comfortable hike, wear sturdy hiking shoes, lightweight and breathable clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, snacks, and a camera to capture the incredible scenery.

Join us for this unforgettable adventure and discover the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of El Salvador on the Santa Ana Volcano hike!

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Meeting points


Pick up from the beach area – Surf City

  • Tunco Beach: at Surf Cafe Restaurant
  • San Blas / Majahual: The tour guide will coordinate the pick up place with you.
  • Sunzal Beach: The tour guide will coordinate the pick up place with you.
  • Atami Resort: In front of reception
  • Zonte Beach: In front of Awilda Restaurant

Pick up from San Salvador city

  • Barcelo Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Marriot Hotel
  • Courtyard Hotel
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Hyatt Centric Hotel
  • Any airbnb in Antigua Cuscatlan, Santa Elena or San Benito area

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Departure time

  • Zonte Beach: 6:10 am
  • Atami Resort: 6:20
  • El Tunco Beach: 6:30 am
  • Majahual Beach: 6:45 am
  • San Salvador city: 7:20 am


Hiking time

It takes 1.5 hours on average to get to the top of the crater, the same time to go back to the base camp.

Return time

You are going to be back in your hotel or Airbnb around 3: 00 pm. It could be 30 minutes less or more based on the traffic we get on the way back.


Santa Ana Volcano hike Tour | Adventure yourself into an active volcano

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  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Local Guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Professional driver
  • Brand new units with a/c

What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy hiking shoes: Ensure good traction and support.
  • Comfortable clothing: Lightweight, breathable, and suitable for layering.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protection from the sun.
  • Sunscreen: High SPF to protect against UV rays.
  • Water: At least 2 liters per person.
  • Snacks: High-energy foods like nuts, bars, and fruit.
  • Rain jacket: In case of sudden weather changes.
  • Camera: To capture the stunning views.
  • Small backpack: To carry your items comfortably.


  • Meals
  • Tips (optional)


It only takes on average 1.5 hours to get to the top of the crater and 1.5 hours to get back down to the basecamp.

We do several stops on the way to the top making sure everyone is having a great time.

If you are in a good physical condition you can get to the top in one hour or less!

Record: 48 minutes

The hike is considered moderate. While it’s manageable for most people in decent physical condition, the terrain can be steep and rocky, especially near the summit.

The hike is basically divided into three sections

  1. Forest – You start hiking through the forest of the Ilamatepec mountain range, this section is very steep so we suggest you take it slow, focus on your breathing and let your body adapt to the altitude.
  2. Bushes – The second part is mainly bushes, you will be able to rest a bit as there are some “flat” areas that will let you get back on track, also from here you will be able to enjoy views of the Izalco volcano, Cerro Verde Park.
  3. Rocks – The third and last section is mainly rocks so here you go slow. No more threes or bushes so remember to put sunscreen.

The summit of Santa Ana Volcano is at 2,381 meters (7,812 feet) above sea level

Elevation gain: You will start the hike at 1,800 meters and you will get to the top at 2,381 mter, making an elevation gain of about 580 meters (1,900 feet).


  1. Yes, hiking with a local guide is mandatory in this National Park.

    Hiring a local guide helps improve the local economy.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes with good traction, comfortable clothing, a hat, and a windbreaker or light jacket for the summit as it can get windy.

Cancellation policy

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, a  refund will not be 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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