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“Beautiful crater and stunning views”
Review of Santa Ana Volcano

Santa Ana Volcano
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Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador
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Full Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes of El Salvador, Cerro Verde and the...
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The walk up the volcano is an easy 60-90 minute walk with some lose rock at the top. It was very windy at the top for us, but the views into the crater and across the lake and Izalco were incredible. We got off the bus before Cerro Verde at the entrance to the park around 9:30am, paid $1 to the land owner then waited till 11am for the walk. For the $1 you can use the landowners toilets in his cabins and there is a good view of Izalco. at 11:30am, the tour walked past and we joined it with the police escorts. The entry fee for foreigners is $6, so $7 in total, saving the fees you pay in Cerro Verde for guides who don't really tell you a lot. I talked more to the policeman at the back of our group! After the walk we had time for some lunch in Cerro Verde before the 4pm bus back to Santa Ana after a great day. The one improvement would be for the bus to leave Santa Ana an hour later, so you don't have to wait so long before, but it is a public bus and costs hardly anything, so can't really complain!

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I've been to El Salvador many times and always recommend hitting the interior of the country- too many times travelers stick to the beaches and miss the good stuff. This volcano is super rewarding, with a crater that is far deeper than you would expect, amazing views, and a really cool shell like formation.
In getting there- you should plan to get there early. You can show up at the park to get a guide (which is required) but tours will leave earlier rather than later.
IMPORTANT NOTE- There are a couple ways to climb this... there are two main guide houses- one is a few hours for the hike, and the other is just a short 45min up. Decide which one you would like, and be persistent about which hike you'd prefer when you get to the guide base.
IF you want the longer hike, start at the end of the road all the way up the hill in CERRO VERDE
IF you want the shorter hike, start in the little area which is labeled SAN BLAS, which is between the peak of cerro verde, and the volcano Santa Ana.

The shorter hike to the crater can be done in 30-40 min if you're in good shape, and about an hour-hour 15 minutes to the crater if you take it leisurely..
Spending time on this volcano's rim is 100% worth the trip out there.

2  Thank Landon H
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

While we were not able to see over Lake Coatepeque the view down into the sulfur lake in the crater was enough to make the two hour hike (four hours return) worth while. Pity we had to wait 1.5 hours for the bus back after finishing the hike though!

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is an awesome hike but there are some things you need to know. First, entry is controlled and you have to have a guide. The good news is that there are guides on site and the don't cost a lot. The bad news is that they are usually teens who are mainly there to legitimize the outing. You will likely have an armed guard at the front and one at the back but that is just they way of life in El Salvador so get used to it. The guide will likely take off on a tear but don't feel that you have to keep up or you will regret it. Take your time. The guard will bring up the rear and they are in no hurry. Take lots of water and a camera and maybe some trail mix or energy bars because it is a long steady climb and it will be hot and you will burn some serious energy. The trail is safe and reasonable but watch your footing once you get out of the tree line. There are lots of loose rocks but most drop-offs are fenced but not all.
The view is amazing and the vegetation lush and thick to start and then big and exotic towards the top and then it is fully barren.
Once you get to the top the guide will likely be long gone and on their way down and the guards will likely disappear too. If you are a straggler don't worry as the path is well marked and you will have no trouble taking your time coming down and enjoying the view. Just don't linger too long if you have a ride to catch. Take lots of pictures and pick a time when the cloud cover is not too low or if it is raining. (We went up in a thunder storm and it was a bit intense). Take several shots at the top to stitch into a panoramic photo.
Note: There are shortcuts between the switchbacks on the way up but resist the temptation to take them as they can be torturous and not worth the risk. There are washrooms at the base but nothing going up except for dense bush near the bottom. The park at the lower levels before you enter the trail is very nice and there are rental cabins if you want to make a day of it but no refreshments except for special occasions so take your own. There are trails in the park and spectacular views and old gardens and orchards to explore. Well worth the stop.

4  Thank MelOshawa
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

After a drawn out 2.5hr bumpy chicken bus ride from Santa Ana we finally arrived at the park. You have to join a guided walk but this was no big deal as it went at whatever pace you were comfortable with as there is a guide at front and back. It was a little over an hour up and the entire way provided great look out points of the other nearby volcanos and Lake Cotapaque. At the top you are greeted with an amazing aqua coloured sulfur lake along with amazing views.
Highly recommended (and we have seen a few volcanos in this part of the world).

3  Thank teamflames
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