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Best Hiking Trails in El Salvador

Overview

Smallest of the Central American countries, El Salvador is dotted with volcanoes and mountains that offer superb hiking. Some of the main hiking regions include around several towns and cities: near San Salvador, there’s Volcan San Salvador and Parque Nacional El Boqueron; hikes around Ignacio; hikes around San Miguel such as Volcan Chaparrastique; hikes around San Vincente such as Volcan Chichontepec; and hikes around Perquin. Another popular area is the Los Volcanoes National Park where there are several volcanoes to hike, such as Volcan Santa Ana.  The best months to hike in El Salvador are from November to April.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in El Salvador.  

Capital: San Salvador

When To Hike in El Salvador?

November – April: Dry season
May – October: Rainy

Climate: Tropical (wet and dry seasons); hurricanes later in the year

 

El Salvador Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are established trails that are well known but one should have a guide to go to most places

Transportation required: Car; best to hire driver

Where to stay in El Salvador for hiking:

  • Perquin
  • San Miguel
  • San Vincente
  • San Ignacio
  • San Salvador

Most popular hikes in El Salvador

There is hiking to be found throughout the country. Highest Mountain: Cerro El Pital (2730 m) in the Cordillera Apaneca. The map highlights some of the more popular places to hike.

Filter out hiking places of El Salvador by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Around Perquín

  • Has excellent hiking 
    • Cerro de Perquín 
    • Cerro el Pericón

Around San Miguel

  • Volcán Chaparrastique

Around San Vincente

  •  Volcán Chichontepec

Chalatenango province

  • No info on hiking here

Around San Ignacio

  •  Many excellent hikes here

Cerro El Pital

  •  Highest peak ((2730 m) – shares with Honduras

Parque Nacional Montecristo

  •  Near Guatemala and Honduras borders – www.marn.gob.sv
    • El Trifinio (2418 m) is popular hike
    • Lots of hikes in this park

Around San Salvador

  • Good base for mountain and ocean exploration
    • Quezaltepeque (Volcán San Salvador)
    • Parque Nacional El Boqueron

Parque Nacional Cerro Verde

Parque Nacional Los Volcanes Sector Los Andes

Volcán Izalco

Volcán Santa Ana

Parque Nacional El Imposible

  • Near Guatemalan border

Long Distance Trails of El Salvador

  • Ruta de las Flores – 45 km trek through villages, quite well known

El Salvador's Walking & Hiking Resources

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El Salvador Hiking Books: No hiking specific guidebook

  • Lonely Planet Central America, by Lonely Planet, Ashley Harrell, Ray Bartlett, 2019, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/4a4vlJI
  • Explorer’s Guide El Salvador: A Great Destination, by Paige R. Penland, 2010, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/49cHknn
  • Moon El Salvador, by Jaime Jacques, 2015, Avalon Publishing – https://amzn.to/3VxEOEU

 

El Salvador Hiking Websites:

 

Best Hiking Trails in El Salvador:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Volcan Santa Ana
  • Cerro Verde
  • Volcan de Izalco
  • Volcan San Salvador
  • El Trifinio
  • Cerro de Perquin
  • Cerro el Pericon
  • Volcan Chaparrastique
  • Volcan Chichontepec
  • Cerro El Pital

Easy Hiking Trails in El Salvador:

  • Ruta de las Flores
  • Volcan Tecapa

 

El Salvador Weather Website:

 

El Salvador Official Tourism Site:  

 

El Salvador Hiking Apps: 

 

El Salvador Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Coffee 
  • Lago de Coatepeque
  • Surfing

Other Important Points

  • Look at security alerts for regions in this country as hikers have been robbed in the past