Water Activities

Want to sail, kayak or water-ski? El Salvador has a few places to visit if water sports are what peak your interest. Lake de Coatepeque, located on the eastern slope at the foot of the Santa Ana volcano, is known for its sparkling crater-shaped lake. At 26 km wide and 120 meters deep, it is one of the region’s largest lakes. The area is particularly scenic with steep green slopes rising up 250 to 500 meters on all sides.

If you have a car available, take a ride on the "panoramic highway". Located between the Interamerican Highway and CA8, this picturesque stretch of road has beautiful views and turns along the steep ridge of the crater, giving glimpses of the broad fertile valleys on both sides of the lake. In the lake is the island of Teopan, originally an important Mayan site. Hot springs can also be found nearby.

For those looking for more of an adventure, consider a thrilling white-water rafting excursion. The best rivers to raft are the Lempa, Sumpul, Guayjoyo and Bandera during the rainy season (May to October), and the Paz in the dry season (November to April).

As you can see, a trip to El Salvador is so much more than just staying at an eco resort in Central America - get out and explore!