Lake Coatepeque
Lake Coatepeque
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5 377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
After hiking Volcan Santa Ana in the Cerro Verde National Park, we stopped at one of the many open air restaurant/grills that line this beautiful lake. Even on a cloudy day with the distant mountains and volcanoes obscured, it was still a spectacular sight. Would love to return in the dry season and get out on the lake.
Written 13 January 2022
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Natalie B
Lake Mary, FL227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Once you get to the top and look down on the lake, you can't believe it is inside a volcano. The volcano sealed back up and over time a lake formed. It is surreal to think you can swim and boat in a volcano. My suggestion is to grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants along the edge and watch the sunset.
Written 10 April 2015
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lidhy
San Jose. CA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Coatepeque is a volcanic lake situated about an hour from San Salvador. It is much older than Ilopango, though created by a similar catastrophic eruption some five to six thousand years ago. Named Lago de Coatepeque, it is on the eastern slope of the Santa Ana volcano. It is a beautiful, clean, and sparkling blue crater-shaped lake, 6 kms wide and 120 meters deep and surrounded by steep green slopes rising up 250 to 500 meters. The scenic road between the Interamerican Highway and CA8, known as the "panoramic highway" for its marvelous views, curls along the steep ridge of the crater giving you glimpses of the broad fertile valleys on one side and the lake on the other.

If you would like to practice scuba diving during the winter season this lake is your best option! into this crater with lots of water life you can see Catfish, Guapote, Zebra fish, etc.

There are several restaurants and hostels as well. Also, you cannot miss the wonderful view of the king's castle....
Written 7 March 2008
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RAAP
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Inside a volcanic crater, this is a wonder of the natural world.
Written 19 September 2006
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SalPV
Downpatrick, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
The lake views are breathtaking. Outstanding natural beauty. I agree with some of the reviewers that the hotels on the lakefront can be disappointing. New option is the Los Pinos Cooperativa's restaurant on the top of the crater. Fantastic views and really good food for the same price as the average fare at some of the more well established restaurants on the way down. For $3 a head (under 7s free) you can take a guided tour down through this certified fairtrade coffee plantation, stopping at a number of viewpoints on the way down this gently sloping path, to the pier at the lakeside. There are NO facilities down here - though we had access to the community hall and toilets after our swim, but the water was lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our swim, but the next time I would definitely bring some snacks to keep us going to lunch. The walk up was not too arduous even though we had a 5 year old and an 80 year old with us - though he is very fit - and we caught a heavy rainshower. We felt we really earned our lunch and were delighted that the food was excellent - loved my punta jalapena - the garlic prawns were gorgeous too.t for details. They have 2 person cabanas for $25 per night including breakfast. Really recommend it.
Written 1 September 2012
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Doemens
Miami84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
This lake is probably the most beautiful in El Salvador, great sights in a cool, relaxing climate. The lake shores however are mostly privately owned, and lakefront resorts are somewhat decaying with premium prices for inconsistent, poor service. The best option would be to rent a private property (many available for small periods). Besides this, the lake is truly breathtaking and totally worth a visit, specially since it's only 45 minutes away from San Salvador.
Written 20 April 2014
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Yo I
Phoenix, AZ183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013
None of prior reviewers tell you it is a S.O.B to get to. The lake is huge & surrounded by fortress of private lakeshore homes. There appears to be no public dock. I stayed in city of Santa Ana & took public bus that says "El Congo" make sure you tell bus driver to stop at Lake Coatepeque. The bus will stop off highway, you have to walk up the road & to the right. There you can catch another bus 45 cents. At a small roundabout (Quick Stop gas station across street) you will see large blue sign that says Lake Coatepeque. There is a dirt road that goes left & right. DO NOT GO RIGHT! Take a
left (I had to walk 45 minutes) to get to Rancho Alegre Restaurant. There they have pier, jet ski rentals, etc. I paid $70.00 for private 2 hour powerboat to snorkeling areas. There is nothing to see in the water...few types of fish. I just wanted to test out my new snorkeling equipment for Belize. I would not pay more than $25.00 hour for any rental. Other reviewers are correct, this is just a lake...I was THE only foreign tourist there that Monday. Too bad they let all these homes surround the lake.
Written 5 September 2013
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100countries.info
Coquitlam, Canada292 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
Coming into Lago de Coatepeque there are some fantastic views of the lake and surrounding area. Lots of little restaurants and viewpoints. But once you get to the bottom of the road down to the lake it's dirt road in either direction. The worst part is that there are private homes all the way around the lakeshore and every one of them has an 8 to 10 foot wall beside the road so there's absolutely no view. Apparently there's some hotels, etc. about 4 km around to the left (clockwise) but we didn't get that far. Went back to a restaurant up top and enjoyed a drink and the view!
Written 29 January 2013
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Nicole W
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
Gorgeous spot - El Salvador's answer to cottage country. Great litte open air bars / resturants overlooking a volcanoe lake.
Looks like it gets pretty busy on weekends (as with any great spot). Likely best to try during the week and outside of holidays if you are looking for a tranquil experience.
Written 22 February 2012
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Jaime H
San Salvador, El Salvador42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
About an hour away from San Salvador, this smallish lake was formed when a volcano collapsed. The lake is gorgeous and it is surrounded by beautiful houses. Unlike many tourist places in El Salvador, this place is pretty safe as it houses many weekend retreats of wealthier Salvadorans.
If you go, try to rent a jet ski, boat or any other watercraft so you can ride around and see this little jewel.
Written 23 January 2012
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