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Lake Ilopango

Central El Salvador | East of San Salvador City, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Ranked #16 of 26 attractions in San Salvador
Type: Bodies of Water
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100 reviews 100 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The lake is gorgeous, it took us a few local buses to get here, but its worth it. You can have a cheap and good lunch at any of the nearby towns and then jump in the lake. Ladie should bare in mind that none of the local girls were in bikinis, but rather in their clothes, so if you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A lake in the crater of a volcano. Went to the public beach and rent a boat for a small tour. Lots of small cafes, but of poor quality. There is a "lighthouse" you can climb to take beautiful pictures.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Lake Ilopango is a crater lake which fills a scenic 8×11 km (72 km2 or 28 sq mi) volcanic caldera in central El Salvador, on the borders of the San Salvador, La Paz, and Cuscatlán departments. The caldera, which contains the second largest lake in the country and is located immediately east of the capital city, San Salvador, has a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This lake gets visited every few months by our church, Iglesia Bautista Emanuel from the city of Cojutepeque. We rent a campsite that has a soccer field, pavilion and a nice view of the lake and conduct our baptisms there. When we are done there are tables to prepare food as well as a volleyball net in the grass and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

A lake in the crater of a volcano. Went to the public beach, very busy. Rented a boat for a small tour. Lots of small cafes. there was a "lighthouse" you can climb to take beautiful pictures. Enjoyable day. Only a minor complaint...no place to buy ice cream! Lots of other items though.

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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Not sure if there's anything to see right at the lake, we just went for the views. Best view is from the town of Cojutepeque. Stopped in at a farm with a restaurant with a great view over the lake. Bonus: Cojutepeque has the best chorizo in El Salvador, make sure you order some.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Located in a volcano basin, the Ilopango lake has had it's share of problems, as it tends to overflow when hurricane season causes intense rains in El Salvador. This damages the surrounding properties, resulting in a limited tourist offer: Private bungalows and such are well maintained, while the public area is dirty and chaotic. If you have access to private... More

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My family spent the day at this lake with friends that were members of a club. We sat in a thatched roof hut right on the beach while they brought us fried fish, plantains and soup. It was a great day to get a way from the busy city. We lounged in the hammocks with the perfect breeze. We swam... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I did not make it all the way to the lake, but I was able to see it from a restaurant on the way down the hill. From San Salvador it was a $0.20 bus ride.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I love Ilopango lake. It is a national gem located just 25 minutes outside the capital. Because it was formed by a volcanic eruption, It is surrounded by hills and mountains with a fantastic views (from a distance of course), of two volcanos situated in the western part of the country. The big con with Ilopango is that there is... More

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