I've been to El Salvador many times and always recommend hitting the interior of the country- too many times travelers stick to the beaches and miss the good stuff. This volcano is super rewarding, with a crater that is far deeper than you would expect, amazing views, and a really cool shell like formation.
In getting there- you should plan to get there early. You can show up at the park to get a guide (which is required) but tours will leave earlier rather than later.
IMPORTANT NOTE- There are a couple ways to climb this... there are two main guide houses- one is a few hours for the hike, and the other is just a short 45min up. Decide which one you would like, and be persistent about which hike you'd prefer when you get to the guide base.
IF you want the longer hike, start at the end of the road all the way up the hill in CERRO VERDE
IF you want the shorter hike, start in the little area which is labeled SAN BLAS, which is between the peak of cerro verde, and the volcano Santa Ana.
The shorter hike to the crater can be done in 30-40 min if you're in good shape, and about an hour-hour 15 minutes to the crater if you take it leisurely..
Spending time on this volcano's rim is 100% worth the trip out there.
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