National Park Cerro Verde El Salvador, great for ecotourism

By Eddie Galdamez
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
National Park Cerro Verde El Salvador

The National park Cerro Verde El Salvador is a natural protected area in western El Salvador. The Park has three volcanoes with a great climate and incredible views; two are stratovolcanoes, Izalco and Santa Ana, which visitors can hike to the summit. The third is Cerro Verde, an eroded volcano crater filled with dense vegetation.

The Cerro Verde national park is a popular destination for its climate, volcanoes, views, and diverse flora and fauna. Due to its dense vegetation, the park has a colder enjoyable environment with plenty of flora and fauna. The three iconic volcanoes provide great views of the other volcanoes, Lake Coatepeque, the Pacific Ocean, and some nearby towns.

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Volcano at National Park Cerro Verde El Salvador

The National park Cerro Verde El Salvador is a protected natural space 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 El Salvador has three volcanoes; the two stratovolcanoes are Izalco and Santa Ana or Ilamatepec. The third volcano is Cerro Verde, a volcano covered by dense forest that looks more like a hill than a volcano.

Izalco volcano, also known as the lighthouse of the Pacific, 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.

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 sulfur lagoon inside the volcanic-crater.

Cerro Verde is the third volcano 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 surrounded by forest. Some visitors at the park don’t realize that they are walking inside a volcano crater.

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View of Coatepeque lake from Cerro Verde National Park

The trails at the National Park.

Now for those who like walking, this Park has ideal trails for you to explore. The Park 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 Cerro Verde volcano.

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

The views from the Park.

At this Park, you will have fantastic 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 around the Park; it’s impossible to list them here. All I can say is that the views from any of these viewpoints are simply stunning.

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Lookout area at Cerro Verde.

Cerro Verde’s Flora and Fauna.

Because of its climate, National Park Cerro Verde has abundant flora and fauna; the area is green almost the entire year. In this protected area, visitors could find many different types of plants associated with misty forests or cold zone vegetation.

Additionally, Cerro Verde has plenty of fauna; here, visitors would 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.

Accommodations at Cerro Verde National park.

The Cerro Verde National Park is located near big cities such as San Salvador, Santa Ana, and Santa Tecla. Moreover, 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 and enjoy nature, here are some options for you to consider.

Bosques del Tibet, Cabañas Campo Bello, El Tibet, and hostel La Casona de Los Vega are some great options. Yet, these hotels or hostels are not the only ones available; I am sure you could find others in the area.

Coatepeque Lake
View of Lake Coatepeque. Cerro Verde National Park.

National park Cerro Verde in El Salvador.

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

I am sure that if you visit the park, you will have lots of stories and photos to share with family and friends.

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

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