Visit the National Parks in El Salvador, they offer ecotourism for those who love nature. Cerro Verde, El Pital, Montecristo, El Imposible, Walther Thilo, and El Boqueron are the most visited and popular. During your visit to any of the National parks, you will be able to explore and see excellent flora and fauna.
Why visit the National Parks in El Salvador?
Because at the parks, you will be able to see flora and fauna that you can’t see in other parts of the country. Furthermore, you will be able to get away from your daily routines and relax in a different setting. And lastly, it will be an adventure, full of memories, that you can have with family or friends. These are just some of the reasons why you should visit the National Parks in El Salvador.
What are the best National parks in El Salvador?
Without a doubt, they are The Cerro Verde National Park, El Pital, Montecristo, El Imposible, Walther Thilo Deininger, and El Boqueron. These are some of the most well-known and popular parks in the country.
Undoubtedly, the country has other parks that have great things to offer and deserve to be on this list. But, I decided to include only the most well-known and popular; here they are with more details.
Cerro Verde National Park
Cerro Verde National Park is also known as Los Volcanes National Park. It’s well-known because it has three volcanoes, two of which are the most popular in the country when it comes to hiking to the summit, the Santa Ana and Izalco volcano.
This park has plenty of ecotourist activities and incredible views of the surrounding areas. Furthermore, this protected natural area is home to many species of animals and plants that can be viewed along the trails.
The three volcanoes, of course, are the main attraction at the park. From any of these volcanoes, you will be able to see the other two volcanoes and the Coatepeque Lake in the distance.
Travel to the Cerro Verde National Park and enjoy nature at its best in El Salvador.
Visit El Pital, a binational National Park in El Salvador
El Pital National Park is one of the most visited parks in the nation that just happens to be the highest peak in El Salvador.
The park enjoys a cold climate the entire year, this is due to its elevation, 2,700 meters above sea level. So, if you are planning to spend the night, make sure you bring a jacket as it gets colder at night.
Visitors at this park can enjoy the ecotourism in different manners, by observing the fauna and flora, by hiking or biking one of the trails or even by camping for a few days. There is plenty of eco-friendly activities to enjoy.
This park is ideal for camping, which a lot of people do. Now if camping is not your thing, you can stay at one of the small hotels nearby.
Another interesting fact is that this park is also a border with Honduras. So, it’s a binational park belonging to both nations.
Visit El Pital National Park, and get away from the hustle of everyday routines; and enjoy the fresh air with pleasant weather in an astonishing setting.
Montecristo National Park
Montecristo National park is one of the most beautiful natural places in El Salvador; it serves as a sanctuary to many species of animals and plants.
This park is located about 125 kilometers from San Salvador and attracts a more adventurous type of visitors. It has about 200 hectares of land that includes three mountains, Montecristo, Miramundo and El Brujo.
At Montecristo, you will find camping areas, a botanical garden, and trails that will guide you into the forest.
One of the main attraction at Montecristo National Park is the hike to the summit, where the borders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras meet. This hike is not easy, but it’s worth the effort to get there.
Another top attraction at this park is the “one hundred year garden,” at this garden, you will find over 70 different species of orchids.
To get into the park, you will need a permit in advance from the government. I am not sure why you need to get a permit, but you do.
Click here to get the form and more information about the request. Also, the permit needs to be requested at least 48 in advance.
By the way, even if you have a permit, you need to follow the hours of operations. You will not be able to get into the park after 1pm, even if you have the proper documents.
El Imposible National Park
El Imposible National Park is the largest in the country, is located in the department of Ahuachapan near La Ruta de Las Flores.
This beautiful park is one of the most protected natural areas in the country. The main objective is to protect the endangered ecosystem and to serve as a sanctuary for diverse wildlife.
The main attractions at El Imposible National parks are the diverse flora and fauna that can be seen as you hike the trails. At the park, you can go camping, swim in the rivers, watch birds, and just enjoy nature.
Just like Montecristo, you need to have permission ahead of time to enter the park. Click here to get the permit application.
Walter Thilo Deininger National Park
Walter Thilo Deininger National Park in La Libertad is a protected area with a vast diversity of animal species, that include mammals, reptiles, and birds. Additionally, it has a vast array of medicinal plants and trees in danger of extinction.
The best way to explore this park is by taking a guided tour. The tours will take you to some of the most attractive and unique areas of the park.
The first stop, is El Mirador or the outlook in English, from this point you will be able to see the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Then, you will get to the Enchanted Cave, or La Cueva del Encanto is Spanish with its peculiar history. After that, you will move on to Chanseñora, a place with dense and unique vegetation. Lastly, you will run into the Amayo River adjacent to, Posa El Salto, where you can relax and cool off in the crystal clear waters.
Another good thing about this park is its location, it’s near some of the best beaches in El Salvador. So, visit the park, and then go to the beach!
El Boqueron, one of the best National Parks in El Salvador.
El Boqueron is a park located in the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador. At the park, you will find plenty of ecotourism activities and fantastic views of the surrounding areas, including the capital.
Since the park is located near the capital, and other populated areas, and is visited by many tourists; it has a visitor’s center and trails around the volcano crater.
Undoubtedly, the biggest attraction in the park is the volcano crater and the smaller crater inside the big one, called El Boqueroncito. If you have the stamina and the desire to do it, you can rappel to the bottom of the main crater.
Clearly, the park has a vast array of plants and wildlife that can be viewed as you explore the park.
El Boqueron is a great National Park located just outside the Nation’s Capital.
To sum up, El Salvador has great National Parks excellent for exploring with family and friends. If you love nature and like spending time outdoors, these parks are a great option. Visit the National Parks in El Salvador and discover everything they have to offer!