Here is all you need to know about hiking Santa Ana Volcano.
If you’re new to navigating your way around Central America and this is your first time in this beautiful little country, I understand it can be a little overwhelming. You’re probably noticing there isn’t a whole lot of information online about traveling around El Salvador, that’s why I’ve written a detailed guide to help you. Read it here!
How to hike Santa Ana Volcano; Geography facts
Santa Ana is El Salvador’s third-highest peak with an altitude of 2,381 meters above sea level.
Fortunately, eruptions don’t happen all the time, the last eruptions were in 1904, and 1920 and the most recent one being 2005. Sadly the volcano in 2005 killed two people, injured several, and caused over 2000 people to evacuate their homes.
🚌How to get to the Santa Ana Volcano
From our hostel, we had to take two chicken buses. First, we took the 242 at 7.30 am which stopped outside the hostel. After the 242 bus, we waited an hour at El Congo for the 248 bus to El Cero Verde or El Tibet where the hike starts. The hiking tour of Santa Ana Volcano starts from Cerro Verde National Park.
💶 How much does it cost?
To hike Santa Ana it’s mandatory to pay either a local guide or an armed guard $1. To follow on, the reason for this charge is because there have been so many robberies of tourists in the past!
⏰ How long does it take to hike the Santa Ana volcano?
Once you depart from the starting point it’s about 30 minutes to get to the National Park entrance. Here, you’ll have to pay a fee of $6. Depending on your fitness levels the rest of the hike takes somewhere between 1-2 hours. Once you reach the top you see an incredible view of the crater or Santa Ana filled with green water. From the summit, you’ll also have a stunning view of Lake Coatepeque.