Santa Ana Volcano
Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador
Hiking to a Volcanic Crater LakeAfter working all week in San Salvador a group of colleagues and I decided we needed to fit-in a quick adventure. Without knowing much about any local sites we decided to visit the Volcan de Santa Ana. It took 90 minutes across empty highways and up windy roads before we finally reached the base of Santa Ana. We easily hired a guide for a few dollars and made our way up the trail, which was covered with giant agave plants hanging off the side of the steep slope. I took advantage of the occasional designated lookout points to catch my breath and chug some water.
Upon reaching the summit, the gorgeous multicolored rings inside the crater made the hour long hike worth it. I then creeped closer and closer to the inner crater rim anxious to see what lied down below. To my astonishment there was a gorgeous crater lake with an indescribable milky blue hue that almost begged to be swam in. Unfortunately the temperature and chemicals within the water would not allow for that. In certain spots you could see steam rising from the lake and occasionally smelled a slight hint of sulfur in the air. My colleagues and I lingered for almost an hour snapping photos, taking in the distant views and marveling at this unexpected natural wonder in El Salvador.