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Outdoor Adventures in El Salvador

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For a country that’s rather small—approximately the size of Massachusetts—El Salvador offers plenty of outdoor adventures. You can hike around lush volcanic landscapes and explore unusual waterfalls, peer into a national park’s chasm to search for tropical birds, and even kayak amongst the mangroves. You won’t lack adrenaline-fueled nature adventures in this Central American country.
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San Salvador CP 1101, El Salvador
If you’re feeling a bit short of breath, you’re not imagining things: the elevation of this restaurant, is more or less on par with Denver at around a mile high. Special not only because of its altitude, this restaurant is also unique because of...
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Carretera a Cinquera Suchitoto, El Salvador
Don’t let local lore or other tourists’ tales (largely informed by rumors) scare you off from visiting this waterfall with a unique geological formation: symmetrical, vertical slabs of rock over which the water crashes. If you’re concerned about...
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Carr. a Puerta del diablo, El Salvador
“Puerta del Diablo,” or “Devil’s Door” has a dark history; it was a site where acts of torture were committed during the civil war. History can feel heavy here, to be sure, but Salvadorans are reclaiming this beautiful spot, which has stunning...
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El Salvador
Often referred to as a volcanic complex, this national park is home to three of the country’s volcanos: Cerro Verde, Izalco, and Santa Ana. Outfitters and tour operators lead day trips to the park, with activities typically including volcano...
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Lake Ilopango, El Salvador
One of El Salavdor’s gorgeous, volcano-formed crater lakes—and the country’s largest lake, period-- Ilopango is particularly popular with scuba divers. The warm water is a plus, as are the underwater features, including volcanic rock formations,...
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Apaneca, El Salvador
Zip lining through jungle canopies is certainly among the favorite activities of adventure-seekers who visit Central America, and El Salvador doesn’t disappoint. Zip liners will navigate among a total of 14 platforms, enjoying mountain and treetop...
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Bahía de Jiquilisco, El Salvador
Many Central American countries have coasts dotted with mangroves, a brackish ecosystem that is a sheltering habitat to numerous flora and fauna. Visitors can kayak through many of the mangrove systems, getting an eye-level view of the mangroves’...