Great Hikes in El Salvador that Anyone Can Do

With so many parks and protected areas packed with volcanoes, mountains, and crater lakes, it’s no wonder that Salvadorans love to hike. But the most famous treks are strenuous; climbing those spectacular volcanoes isn’t for everyone.

Happily, El Salvador is a famously family-friendly country, with scores of easy yet still amazing hikes that almost anyone can do. These trails will get you off on the right path, but there are plenty more—just ask at your hotel or any tourist office where to find them.

Great Hikes in El Salvador that Anyone Can Do

 

Great Hikes in El Salvador that Anyone Can Do

Great Hikes in El Salvador that Anyone Can Do

With so many parks and protected areas packed with volcanoes, mountains, and crater lakes, it’s no wonder that Salvadorans love to hike. But the most famous treks are strenuous; climbing those spectacular volcanoes isn’t for everyone. Happily, El Salvador is a famously family-friendly country, with scores of easy yet still amazing hikes that almost anyone can do. These trails will get you off on the right path, but there are plenty more—just ask at your hotel or any tourist office where to find them.

Chorros de la Calera, Juayúa

Chorros de la Calera, Juayúa

Hiking distance: 1.2 miles (2 km).
Work off the delicious food served at Juayúa’s weekly gastronomic festival by taking a scenic stroll past wildflowers, mango trees, and coffee plants. Bring your swimsuit; you’ll end up at an epic swimming hole filled with crystal-clear water, fed by a wall of waterfalls. Serious hikers can book a guided six-hour “Seven Waterfalls” tour, which also ends at Los Chorros. You’ll be ready for that swim.

El Boquerón National Park, San Salvador

El Boquerón National Park, San Salvador

Hiking distance: 1 mile (1.5 km).
The summit of iconic San Salvador Volcano is protected parkland as well as a refreshing high-altitude escape less than an hour from San Salvador. El Boquerón features several easy trails, including the short, steep hike to the volcano’s rim, with fantastic views across San Salvador and beyond. For a more intense workout, take a guided 3.5-mile (6-km) trek around the rim, or brave the much more challenging descent into the crater itself.

Los Tercios Waterfall, Suchitoto

Los Tercios Waterfall, Suchitoto

Hiking distance: 1 mile (1.5 km).
El Salvador’s most perfectly preserved Spanish Colonial town is Suchitoto, and the most popular hike from town is the walk to Los Tercios, a fantastic formation of hexagonal basalt columns. In rainy season, water pours over the striking structure and creates a small swimming hole at the bottom—a welcome treat after the steep final section of this trail. More challenging treks include the strenuous six-hour ascent of nearby Guazapa volcano, with stops at old military outposts along the way.

El Chorrerón de San Fernando Waterfall, Perquín

El Chorrerón de San Fernando Waterfall, Perquín

Hiking distance: 1.5 miles (2 km).
The ecotourism center of eastern El Salvador is Perquín, where local guides have developed hikes to all sorts of amazing natural attractions. Favorites include a fairly easy walk to San Fernando, where water plunges straight down a rocky face 128 feet (39 meters) into a gorgeous pool. Feeling bold? Take on the more challenging trek to Rio Sapo, a beautiful river where you can camp overnight.