La Puerta de Diablo, or the Devil’s Gate Park, Reopens After Five Years of Improvements

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Dec 8th, 2023
La Puerta de Diablo, or the Devils GateLa Puerta de Diablo, or the Devil’s Gate. Image by ISTUSV

The Salvadoran Tourism Institute (ISTU) announced Thursday, December 7, the restart of operations of the iconic Puerta del Diablo park, located in Panchimalco. The park was closed for five years, since November 2018, for remodeling work.

According to Istu publications, the Devil’s Gate will open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Visitors are allowed to climb the rocks until 5:00 pm.

The tourist attraction is renowned for the crack formed by two rocks on El Chulo Hill. From its summit, visitors can behold a magnificent panorama encompassing the Salvadoran capital, the Pacific Ocean, Lake Ilopango, and the San Miguel Volcano.

The Devil’s Gate closed to the public in November 2018 when the Salvadoran Tourism Institute (ISTU) began an improvement and conditioning project of the park, with an estimated investment of $1.35 million.

La Puerta del Diablo, also known as the Devil’s Gate tourist destination in the Planes de Renderos in Panchimalco, adds to the array of natural attractions in El Salvador. Improvements to this park will significantly impact tourism to El Salvador.

The park has been equipped with recreation and relaxation zones, along with glass viewpoints that enable Salvadorans to stroll upon them while enjoying a view of the town of Panchimalco in the backdrop.

The trails amid the mountains are still there, offering visitors the opportunity to stroll and delve deeper into the history of the park.

La Puerta del Diablo – The Devil’s Gate

The Devil’s Gate constitutes a rock formation located in Panchimalco, San Salvador, approximately one kilometer south of Balboa Park. Initially, the site was known as El Chulo Hill.

The Devil’s Gate is a tourist destination for those lovers of extreme adventure who seek to live natural experiences in the area.

One of the best attractions from La Puerta del Diablo is the views; you can view the Pacific Ocean coastline, the town of Panchimalco, Lake Ilopango, Cerro de las Pavas, and the San Vicente volcano.