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“El Picacho”

Parque Nacional El Boqueron
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

The San Salvador Volcano (also known as Quetzaltepec) is a stratovolcano situated northwest to the city of San Salvador. The crater has been nearly filled with a relatively newer edifice, the Boquerón volcano. The city of San Salvador is adjacent to the volcano and the western section of the city actually lies among its slopes. Because of this close proximity, any geological activity of the volcano, whether eruptive or not, has the potential to result in catastrophic destruction and death to the city. Despite this, the volcano is iconic of the city, and several TV and radio antennas are situated on the El Picacho peaks and the crater of Boqueron. El Picacho, the prominent peak is the highest elevation (1,960 meters altitude)

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Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful drive and very clean park that leads to a wonderful volcano crater. It has 4 viewpoints to see the crater. I had a chance to go there on a tour so I got the full history behind the volcano crater. There is also a small museum at the base.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Simply amazing! Amazing views of the crater, great hike surrounded by the beautiful flora of the area and interesting small museum at the entrance of the park. Weekday visits recommended!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

El Boqueron is nearly in my backyard! I see it every day when I walk to work. So, it was a treat to drive up and get a chance to look down into the caldera. The narrow road made for some nervous moments, and the parking was challenging (very limited) But the view was spectacular, and worth the effort. I also took the opportunity to buy to naturalistic plantings of orchids from local vendors. The gringo price was still a bargain!

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Parque El Boquerón is worth visiting and is easy to get to on public transport.
From Hotel Intercontinental on Boulevard de los Heros in San Salvador take the 101D to Plaza Merilot, Santa Tecla - it costs 20c each and takes about 30 minutes. Note that Plaza Merilot is a shopping centre not a plaza, so look out for a shopping centre with a large sign outside saying 'Plaza Merilot'. By the shopping mall there is a side street with a large blue sign saying 'Parque El Boqueron' go down there for about 200m and the next bus stops at the corner after the first junction. You'll know you're in the right place if you see a white sign that says 'buses probibido a parar' - they do though, and there will probably be some other people waiting (we asked a couple of shopkeepers on the way and they were really helpful). The buses come about every 20 minutes and cost 50c each and takes about 25 minutes. The bus drives almost to the park - you have to walk the last 1km up the road. Get off when the bus turns round to go back down again. Then when you've finished going round the parquet go back to this spot to get the bus back.

Entrance to the park costs $1 for adults. The main walking route takes about 20 minutes (the sign says 45 minutes but it is very short). There are 3 miradors. There are loads of signs so you can't get lost and there are also signs explaining what some of the flowers are. The paths are well maintained and have handrails and steps. After mirador 3 there is a path you can take 'at your own risk' down into the crater. We didn't do this - probably would be best to have a guide if you want to do this as there are no signs from then on.

The crater inside a crater is pretty impressive - never seen anything like it before. Definitely worth a visit and the pleasant, well maintained surroundings are an added bonus.

In the carpark there is a mirador of San Salvador which is also worth a quick look.

There are LOADS of people selling fruit, snacks and drinks for reasonable prices at the top - we got crisps and a large pack of biscuits for $1. There are also lots of places to buy lunch at the top and all the way down the hill - or you can eat at Plaza Merilot where there are lots of fast food chains.

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