The Montecristo National Park is located in the municipality of Metapán, department of Santa Ana, 117 km (72 miles) from San Salvador, in the place known as the trifinio, where the borders of three countries converge, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salavador, also in that place is the second highest point of El Salvador at 2400 masl (7874. Ft) It covers an area of ​​1973 hectares of hazy forest and is part of the Trifinio Biosphere Reserve.2 It was the first declared protected area of ​​this country. in 1987. At the entrance of the park, there is a colonial house, dating from 1783, where coffee, indigo and iron were produced

The park contains trees up to 30 meters high, including cypress, oak and pine trees; and local fauna such as black shrew, squirrel, porcupine, and white-tailed deer. Another attraction is the Hundred Years’ Garden with an orchid display. In addition, some 275 species of endemic birds live in a certain time.3 There are three important hills in the area: Montecristo (2418 masl), Miramundo (2394 masl) and El Brujo (2140 masl). Temperatures range between 6 ° C and 18 ° C.4.

In addition to hiking trails, surrounded by foggy forests, camping huts and abundant fauna and flora, the weather is spectacular, come with us and discover the splintered treasures of El Salvador

If you are visiting El Salvador, this is one of the places you should not miss.

Cheer up and live this memorable adventure.

Important Note: This tour must be booked at least 72 hours before

It includes
Private tour, comfortable recent car transport, professional tour guide, transfer to and from hotel accommodation or address of your choice, bottle of water, all tickets and all taxes

Not Included
Drinks (except specified), lunches, tips (optional)

What to Bring?
•Comfortable shoes
•Light clothing
•Photographic camera
• Sweater or jacket
• Extra Water

Estimated time 9 hours
Available from Monday to Sunday

Santa Ana Volcano Tour – Hike Adeventure

  • 08:30 A.M.

    Recommended starting time. (07.30 AM is you are lodding at El Tunco Beach.)

  • Difficulty: Medium

    A fit condition will be very helpful along the way

  • San Salvador & El Tunco

    Pick Up locations: San Salvador city and El Tunco beach, La Libertad

  • All Year


  • Tour Duration 8:00 H

    7 – 8 Hours Aprox

Santa Ana Volcano Tour Description

Santa Ana volcano tour hike is one of the most spectacular things you can do in El Salvador. This the highest volcano in El Salvador with a height of 7811 feet above sea level. The panoramic views are simply dazzling. The Santa Ana volcano tour hiking will undoubtedly make you enter into a deep contact with nature. Venture to conquer one of the most impressive peaks in El Salvador

We can start this adventure from San Salvador or El Tunco beach. Early in the morning we will leave from San Salvador or El Tunco beach towards the volcano complex, at the foot of Cerro Verde National Park. We will begin our trek from here to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano. The Santa Ana Volcano, also known as the Ilamatepec Volcano, is the least difficult to climb, although a fit condition will help you to have a easier ascension. The Santa Ana volcano hiking tour takes approximately 4 hours. 2 hours to climb and 2 hours to descend.

In the ascent walk to the Santa Ana volcano you will notice the existence of 3 different types of forest. The first part of the hike will be in a cloud forest, where you can enjoy the shade of the thick vegetation. The second part of the walk will be on land with a small vegetation, such as shrubs and agaves. Finally, in an eroded land, where the lack of vegetation allows you to have a spectacular view of the Salvadoran territory. The last eruption of the imposing volcano of Santa Ana was in the year 2005.

Once you have reached the summit of Santa Ana volcano, you will be amazed by the beautiful turquoise lagoon that rests at the bottom of the crater. From the crater the landscapes are simply indescribable. You can observe the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, the volcano of Izalco, the tranquility of Lake Coatepeque. This is where you realize that your effort is well rewarded. The challenge of Santa Ana volcano hiking tour has been overcome! It’s the moment to come back to the foot of the volcano.

After finishing our Santa Ana volcano hiking tour, it is time to start a new adventure. We will visit the most beautiful lake in El Salvador, the Lake of Coatepeque. Renowned for changing color in a whimsical way to a beautiful turquoise color, at least twice a year. From here you can enjoy a delicious lunch with a privileged panoramic view. Coatepeque means: Snake Hill. Here you will discover the legend of the lake that the locals kept living.

Santa Ana Hiking Tour Itinerary

  • 08:30 am

    Departure from your hotel

    Your guide will be waiting for you ready to start this amazing experience(07.30 AM if you are staying at El Tunco beach)

  • 10:30 AM

    Santa Ana Volcano Hike

    Start our trek to the volcano of Santa Ana, get ready with your sunscreen, water, follow the instructions of your guide. An approximate journey of 1.30 hours. Enjoy contact with nature, let yourself be surprised by the landscapes.

  • 01.00 PM

    Santa Ana Volcano Crater

    Enjoy one of the most impressive landscapes of El Salvador. An almost 360 ° view and a beautiful sulfur lagoon at the bottom of the crater. This is the approximate time to reach the top of the Santa Ana volcano, everything will depend on our rhythm. We could arrive a few minutes before or a few minutes later. We will have an approximate 20 to 30 minutes to be on top. Then we will begin our decent. We will be at the foot of the volcano of Santa Ana at approximately 03.00 pm

  • 03.30 PM

    Coatepeque Lake

    Arrival to our last destination of this tour. The most beautiful lake in El Salvador: Coatepeque. We will enjoy a delicious lunch with a spectacular view of the lake. You will have the opportunity to swim in its refreshing waters.

  • 05.00 PM

    Return to San Salvador City

    We start our return to your lodging hotel in San Salvador, an approximate ride of 1 hour and a half.  Or 2 hours if you are lodding in El Tunco Beach. Approximate time of arrival 06.00 pm to 06.30 pm.  Without a doubt, the Santa Ana Volcano Hike tour will be an experience that you will not forget, discover it with us!

Inclusions & Exclusions on this Trip

INCLUSIONS • San Salvador city  or El Tunco Beach hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by comfortable vehicle • Professional Tour Guide  • water bottle • All Entrances fees.

EXCLUSIONS •Gratuities (optional)• Lunch /Food • Drinks

Importants Notes

  • Do not forget to bring your sunscreen.
  • Wear your mountain shoes or comfortable shoes, for difficult terrain.
  • You can take your swimsuit, if you want to swim in Lake Coatepeque.
  • In the rainy season, do not forget to bring your poncho.
  • Take your camera with you to take spectacular pictures


  • Impressive landscapes of the Salvadoran territory.
  • Reach the top of the highest volcano in El Salvador.
  • Walk in a misty forest
  • Look at the wonderful sulfur emerald lagoon at the bottom of the crater
  • Visit the most beautiful lake in El Salvador.

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