Sensational volcano walking holiday in El Salvador
Overlooked by many travellers to Central America, El Salvador is the smallest country in the region and one of the most delightful. Our superb 2 week walking holiday takes us on journey around the country, walking to the summit of 8 of its 20 volcanic peaks as we go. Along our way, we also take time out to experience El Salvador’s colourful colonial towns, cloud forest trails, Maya ruins, coffee plantations and stunning beaches. Starting in El Boqueron National Park, we take the short walk to the viewpoint on San Salvador’s namesake volcano (1800m). Heading east to the Los Volcanes National Park, we hike up the perfect cone of Volcan Izalco (1952m) and scale San Salvador’s highest volcano, Ilamatepec/Santa Ana (2381m). Journeying north to the Honduras border, we reach the country's highest point at El Pital (2,730m). On a clear day we’ll be rewarded with views over into Honduras and across to the volcanoes of Pacaya and Agua in Guatemala. Next, we spend 2 days in and around the delightful colonial town of Suchitoto on Lake Suchitlan, where we enjoy a well earned relaxation day before climbing the dormant Volcan Guazapa (1438m). The coffee farming towns of Berlin and Alegria, nestled in the Eastern Highlands, will provide our next base as we climb Tecapa (1593m) and Chinchontepec/San Vincente (2173m). Finally, we reach the coast and summit our last mainland volcano, Chonchagua (1225m), before taking the short boat ride to Isla Zacatillo in the Gulfo de Fonseca. Here, we spend a memorable night camping on a secluded beach before accomplishing our last objective: the tiny island volcano of Evaristo (500m). We end our holiday with two nights R&R on the coast at El Cuco. What better way to round off our adventure than relaxing in a hammock on the shores of the Pacific Ocean?
PLEASE NOTE: This holiday itinerary has been refined for 2020. The beautiful volcano of Chaparrastique has now reopened after an eruption three years ago and replaces Volcan Tecapa, a more challening but enjoyable summit. The overnight camp on Isla Zacatillo has been replaced with a day trip to the islands, returning to the mainland to our comfortable hotel accommodation.