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  • Jackulas
    Los Angeles, CA57 contributions
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    I've been an avid hiker for decades, and this was one of the most strenuous I have ever come across. It was well worth it though, as the scenery is stunning, the workout is terrific, and I can say I have climbed a volcano.

    There is a lot of confusion out there about whether you have to pay a guide to take you up the volcano. The truth is: you don't. Skip the pointless guides who are just trying to scam you out of money so they can force you to climb up the trail with 50 other people, when it's incredibly simple to follow. You don't need a guide. UserJONO5K1 from London gives an excellent breakdown on how to visit while avoiding the annoying guided tours.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g656475-d2486856-r929431232-Santa_Ana_Volcano-Santa_Ana_Santa_Ana_Department.html

    We learned the hard way, unfortunately. Thinking we HAD to get a guide, we paid a few bucks to get a wristband, spent way more time than necessary making our way up (as we were much stronger hikers than most of the tourists in the group) and then we ended up breaking a way form the group and finding our own way down from the top.

    I would rate five stars, but the fact the the country doesn't do a better job of just allowing visitors to experience this natural wonder at their own pace without the pointless guides is annoying. I'd happily pay an entrance fee to the park and then be left alone to explore on my own. That's typically how it's done in the USA. Other than that annoyance, I highly recommend this to anyone visiting El Salvador.
    Written 16 July 2024
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  • Mark
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go! Fantastic hikes. Views are sick. Booked Brandon as a private guide ($35). He’s amazing. Cannot recommend him or these hikes enough. Do this and Santa Ana volcano. Great experiences!
    Written 5 July 2024
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  • Donald M
    Illinois5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stayed at Equinoccio Hotel. Probably ten rooms right on the water. Good breakfast, burgers for lunch and great Salvadorean food for dinner.

    Hired a boat and driver to circle the lake for two hours. They had a two story boat dock where we had lunch and you could also leap into the cool refreshing water.

    Staff was great and other guests were fun and/or interesting. Not many guests from the US.

    This review sounds rather bland but this boutique hotel and lake are almost magical. We were there late December 2022. Before we arrived at the hotel we stopped at a restaurant along the highway. It is situated on a high cliff (several hundred feet) that overlooks the lake. In summary, we would highly recommend visiting this gorgeous lake and wonderful hotel.
    Written 17 June 2023
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  • TravelingFamilyTrip
    Chicago, IL209 contributions
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    Very pretty and huge cathedral in the center of Santa Ana. Unfortunately, the facade was covered in scaffolding when we visited. But it is still nice to see and worth a walk through, though the interior is more modest than many other cathedrals.
    Written 28 February 2023
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  • Quakeup
    Victoria, Canada266 contributions
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    One of the guides on the trail up Santa Ana Volcano suggested that hiking Izalco Volcano is about the same distance as Santa Ana, but double the exertion. He was right!

    I joined a guided hike that started from the Cerro Verde parking lot at 11 AM. Our large group on this Sunday morning descended through a beautiful wooded switchback trail to the saddle that separates Cerro Verde from Izalco Volcano. From here it’s a 45° rise, which is hiked on a rough and rocky switchback trail. There are plenty of solid handholds if you need to pull yourself up in places.

    It was amazing to see the steam vents seeping out of the rock as we neared the small crater rim. Izalco has retained its iconic cone shape, so it’s not very wide at the top or as interesting as the sweeping view inside the magnificent Santa Ana Volcano nearby. I was rewarded by the expansive views all the way into Guatemala to the north, Lago de Coatepeque to the east, San Salvador to the south, and the great blue sea of the Pacific to the west.

    Enjoy a frozen ice cream novelty at the crater rim when you get there. Only $1.5 for a popsicle—wow!

    This is an out and back trail, and we retraced our footsteps to the car park the way we came. Going down the volcano was easy, but the return up Cerro Verde was a tough slog because of the grade and distance. The saving grace is that this section is entirely in the shade.

    Prices: I was charged $4 for park admission (including parking fee), plus $3 for the guide.

    Hiking time: Guides suggest four hours. Took me three hours, because the guides eventually allow us to hike the last strenuous section at our own pace.
    Written 13 February 2023
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6 630 contributions
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    Glad that I visited it on my last day in Santa Ana! Entrance fee for foreigners is $5 plus $2 for the use of camera. I had an English speaking guide named Stephanie.

    She explained the history of the theater and showed me its various areas. My favorite area is the salon where they do the dancing. On its sides are the separate areas for men and women. The paintings on the ceilings mouldings, chandeliers. etc are all very beautiful.

    There are 3 levels or sections for the audience to sit. The top level is for the poor customers where the seats had been modernised. The bathroom at this level is modern and free to use during my visit.

    There is a small museum on the right side of the theater (ground level). Highly recommende to visit!
    Written 17 December 2022
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