Visit El Salvador's National Parks
El Salvador’s national parks system consists of six parks, a national bird sanctuary, a nature reserve, and the Jiquilisco mangroves. Among them, visitors can enjoy a variety of landscapes, from volcanoes to valleys, as well as native fauna, including eagles, hawks, and pumas. Arguably the jewel in the national parks crown is El Imposible, or “The Impossible,” so named for its deep and dangerous gorge that claimed the lives of many farmers and their mules en route to the Pacific port region with loads of coffee for export. Eight rivers flow through this park, which is best visited with a tour guide.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
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