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“Nice views, great chorizo”
Review of Lake Ilopango

Lake Ilopango
Ranked #13 of 69 things to do in San Salvador
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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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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 ranches, you will have a great view of the volcanoes and hills of the crater rim and enjoy a very nice atmosphere within 30 minutes of the city. The public areas? not so much.

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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 in the water for a while and it was very nice. This is definitely a must see if you are close to the capital.

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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.

Thank Pepe A
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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 no decent tourist place in the lake where to enjoy its beauty and fun. There is a place called "Apulo", which I would NOT recommend to people, particularly from abroad, because I dont find it to be nice in terms of facilities, security and general ambiance.
Unfortunately, besides the people who own a lake house in Ilopango, The only other place to go, is a private golf club called "Corinto", with beautiful grounds but for members only.

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