Cinquera Rain Forest Park

Cinquera Rain Forest Park, San Salvador: Address, Phone Number, Cinquera Rain Forest Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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rtraveler2004
Lexington, KY139 contributions
War history walk through the forest
Jul 2019
We hiked through the forest with one of the original guerilla and he told us all and showed us some of the sites along the trail from the war. It was really neat being able to ask questions about everything that had happened here. The hike itself was pretty strenuous as it was uphill a lot, but it was short and there were tons of stops where we got a breather and were just listening to the guide. We hiked up to a cool lookout tower as well which offers amazing views over Lake Suchitlan. Afterwards, we hiked back down and cooled off in a secluded waterfall. One of them we had to climb down into a swimming hole and swim to it! This felt great especially after a humid and hot hike through the rain forest.
Written August 7, 2019
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kk1895
London, UK2 contributions
Historic town
Jun 2018 • Friends
We had a fantastic day in Cinquera. We were given a tour by a great tour guide called Walter, who was one of the few people in the village who spoke English, so he came just for us. The tour was interesting and there were great views. It's off the tourist track but worth a visit.
Written July 23, 2018
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Sandy N
Seattle, WA2,056 contributions
Ranger Rafael made the day
Mar 2018 • Friends
The park itself is fine but what makes the experience memorable is Ranger Rafael. A guerilla fighter during the civil war, he has many fascinating stories to share. Cinquera is a poor area and there aren't many restaurant options. If you want to support the economy without much regard to a great meal, then eat lunch locally. It will be your good deed for the day.
Written April 9, 2018
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Lsf22
Lebanon, OH105 contributions
see the town as well as the rain forest
Feb 2016
Cinquera was a stronghold of guerrilla resistance where bullet damage still can be seen. the park has winding hiking trails, lush landscape and a small waterfall
Written March 1, 2016
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Racandee
Brooklyn, NY10,886 contributions
Beautiful forest, but more remote than the map indicates
Nov 2015 • Couples
We had the opportunity to visit this forest this past week, and it's a fascinating as well as a beautiful place. The history behind it, and the next-door town, with the combination of nature make this a unique place.

But, it's something of a pain to get to, especially if you're staying in or on the other side of San Salvador (e.g. the beach). Even from Sumitomo, the 18 KM drive can take 45 minutes each way.
Written November 30, 2015
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travel1948
Ohio249 contributions
Good El Salvador History Lesson
Jul 2015 • Couples
Visited this park as part of an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) group and we had Rafael (head ranger) as our guide. He was a former gorilla fighter in their civil war (i.e. they call the "Civilian Conflict") and is the undisputed local expert on the history of the park, etc. He has a wealth of information and is eager to share it with you. However he only speaks Spanish, fortunately our OAT guide translated every thing he said for us. The hike up the mountain is scenic and the path is well maintained. The waterfall and swimming hole by the base of the mountain was not that special. If you speak Spanish, have a local knowledgeable guide, and are interested in El Salvador history this site is a 4 or 5. If not, it is just a 1 or a 2. The history is what is special about this place. I think (according to the sign) there was a $1 admission fee.
Written July 12, 2015
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Kenneth H
Austin, TX70 contributions
Park with a History
Mar 2015 • Business
The park was created by the former FMLN guerillas and their families to protect the forest from loggers. They told me that "these trees protected us and took bullets for us when the army was bombing us". The trail is somewhat steep but takes you to a former guerilla camp. There is a swimming hole to cool off in after you return from the hike.
Written May 7, 2015
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Ethan N
Cinquera, El Salvador3 contributions
Perfect blend of ecological beauty and fascinating history
Apr 2015 • Couples
A short walk from the town center and you’re in a beautiful forest with a well maintained path. During my stay I frequented the waterfall and swimming hole in the forest for a refreshing dip during the hottest part of the day. Aside from some local school kids, I generally had this little slice of paradise all to myself!

I also highly recommend the guided tour that takes you up further into the mountains and through historic sites like the “Vietnamese Kitchen”, modeled after the Vietcong, which the guerrillas used during the war. And if you’re lucky you’ll run into Don Rafael, the park’s main curator, who will happily bend your ear about the biological diversity of the park and share war stories from his time as a guerrilla. Cinquera is full of many welcoming characters who are happy to share their history and how “The Bosque” (forest) protected them during the war and so now they are protecting the forest.

This is EcoTourism at its best! I would highly recommend it to other travelers. I felt good about my $10 for the tour going to preserving this forest and the local pride in their history.
Written April 15, 2015
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Robert Broz
Suchitoto, El Salvador89 contributions
Great option for Civil war history in El Salvador
Nov 2012 • Friends
Over my years here in El Salvador I have visited the park many times. For the last year I now go to bird watch as the forrest makes an ideal spot for birding in the central part of the country.
Yesterday I took some friends visiting from California and they did the tour with Rafael the head park guide and ranger. The Tour with local guides changes this park(natural Reserve) form a nice hike to a truley unique Civil war history tour, with emphsis on the recent war in El Salvador but also full of information about the associacion that started the forrest and now operates a small hostel, restaurant, war museum, iguana farm and fruit drying project providing income for many people. If coming top El Salvador, you will most likeley visit Suchitoto which is just 18 kms from Cinquera, take the time and enjoy this hiostoric little town.
Written November 15, 2012
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winnie1000
Atlanta, GA267 contributions
Hire a local guide who knows the history
Oct 2011 • Solo
I had a great afternoon here, as I hired a local guide who really knew the history of Cinquera. We only hiked around for maybe an hour and a half, but there are some great views, and it is an easy bus ride from Suchitoto. Had I not had a guide who knew the history of Cinquera/significance during El Salvador's civil war, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.
Written September 30, 2012
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