Cerro Verde National Park in El Salvador. Iconic volcanoes.

Cerro Verde National Park
 January 2, 2020   By Eddie Galdamez

The Cerro Verde National Park or Los Volcanes National Park is a beautiful place with a fantastic climate and amazing views of the area and the nearby stratovolcanoes, Izalco and Santa Ana. Additionally, the park has plenty of diverse flora and fauna to enjoy and explore.

There are many different reasons to visit this park; nonetheless, the predominant reason is the many viewpoints from where you can see and appreciate Izalco volcano, Santa Ana volcano, Lake Coatepeque, the Pacific Ocean, and some of the towns nearby.

Cerro Verde National Park

The park is a protected natural space that lays in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec conservation and reserve area. It is located between the municipalities of Santa Ana and Chalchuapa, of the department of Santa Ana and Izalco and Nahuizalco of the department of Sonsonate.

The Volcanoes at Cerro Verde National Park.

Cerro Verde National park has three volcanoes; Izalco and Santa Ana or Ilamatepec are stratovolcanoes, and Cerro Verde is a volcano covered by dense forest that looks more like a hill than a volcano.

Izalco volcano is also known as the lighthouse of the Pacific, it is a stratovolcano popular with those who want to reach the summit. The volcano is clearly visible from the distance as it barely has any vegetation. So, if you want to know more about this fantastic stratovolcano, visit our Izalco volcano page.

The Santa Ana Volcano or Volcano Ilamatepec is also a stratovolcano popular with hikers. This volcano is well-liked for the astonishing views from the summit and the lagoon inside the volcanic-crater. If you want to know more about this volcano, visit our Santa Ana volcano page.

Cerro Verde volcano is the third at this park; it looks more like a hill covered by forest than an actual volcano, the last time it erupted was over 25,000 years ago. Over time, the volcanic-crater eroded and is now covered by forest. Some visitors at the park don’t realize that sometimes they are walking inside a volcano crater.

The trails at the park.

Now for those who like walking, this park has ideal trails for you to explore. Cerro Verde has three main trails, one that leads to the Santa Ana or Ilamatepec volcano, another to the Izalco volcano, and one that goes through the park.

Any group or individual using the trails going to Santa Ana or Izalco volcanoes have to be accompanied by a guide provided by the park.

The views from the park.

At Cerro Verde, you will have amazing views of the volcanoes, Lake Coatepeque, the Pacific Ocean, and the nearby towns. Obviously, if you reach the summit at either Izalco or Santa Ana volcano, the views will get even better.

There are many lookout points at Cerro Verde National Park, it’s impossible to list them here. All I can say is that the views from any of these viewpoints are simply stunning.

Cerro Verde National Park
Cerro Verde Lookout Point

The Flora and Fauna at Cerro Verde.

The flora at Cerro Verde is abundant, it is always green due to the climate of the region. At the park, you will find many different types of plants associated with misty forests or cold zone vegetation.

Additionally, Cerro Verde has plenty of fauna, here you will be able to get a closer look at the many species of wildlife that call this park home.

There are many species of animals living in the park; among them are many types of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and a wide variety of insects. These are some of the animals that you might see at the park, coyotes, foxes, hawks, and black eagles, among others.

For anyone who likes nature, the Cerro Verde National park, with its spectacular flora and fauna, is an ideal location to visit and explore.

Lake Coatepeque

Accommodations at Cerro Verde National park.

The Cerro Verde National Park is located near big cities like San Salvador, Santa Ana, and Santa Tecla. Furthermore, smaller popular towns like Juayua, Ataco, or Nahuizalco are nearby.

Most people visiting Cerro Verde stay in the towns mentioned above, and take daily trips to the park.

Nevertheless, if you want to stay closer to the park, here are some options for you to consider.

These hotels or hostels are not the only ones available, I am sure you can find others in the area.

Cerro Verde National Park
Cerro Verde National Park

Cerro Verde National Park.

It is hard to explain the beauty of this park in simple words. Therefore, to fully appreciate and experience Cerro Verde, you must do it in person.

To sum up, I am sure that after you visit the park, you will have lots of stories to share with family and friends, along with many breathtaking photos of the volcanoes, the lake, and everything else.

Travel to El Salvador and visit the Cerro Verde National Park or one of the other National Parks in El Salvador.

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