El Imposible National Park in the department of Ahuachapán.
We’ll pick you up at your hotel in San Salvador and head to our destination: El Imposible National Park, one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. The tropical mountain forest of the Mesoamerican Pacific slope is the last refuge of many endangered animal and plant species in El Salvador. Established in March 1989, the 3,800 hectares park is recognized as a gem of biodiversity and culture. Just one kilometer before the entrance to the park, we will reach our accommodations for this trip. This is a true "eco-lodge", electricity is all solar power, waste water treatment is done with a variety of plant materials and actually used again as fertilizer on site. Once we have unloaded our gear, we will have lunch on the hostel’s restaurant, take a short break and then head to the park in order to start our first hike.
Day 1 (afternoon)
This hike will take us from Mixtepe Visitor’s Center to Los Enganches and Piedra Sellada (Stamped Stone) (7-10 km roundtrip). The route passes through the El Mulo overlook, and then descends steeply to the river. During the descent there’s a grand view of the southeastern corner of the park from the Madre Cacao overlook. At the bottom we reach Los Enganches, the confluence of two rivers, the Guayapa and the Venado. This is actually an excellent place to swim, rest, and of course, immerse in nature.
As an interesting extension, we could follow the trail upriver (about 1.5 km, passing through tall, dark gallery forest, and patches of guava groves. Be on the lookout for coatis and agoutis since they are quite common here. At the end of the trail there are spectacular swimming pools and waterfalls, as well as the Piedra Sellada archeological site. After enjoying this scenery we will start our way back to the visitor’s center, were we will take our truck to our hostel. At night we will enjoy a well deserved dinner in the hostel’s restaurant.
After a tasty breakfast we’ll head back to the park in order to start our second adventure. This day we will go from Mixtepe Visitor’s Center to the Rio Ixcanal and Cerro León (8 km circuit). This should take us at least a morning or the whole afternoon to complete if we are bird watching, like to stop frequently, or just want to take it easy. This is the best route for birding, as all of the park’s specialties can be found. The first kilometer drops steeply down to the Rio Ixcanal, a humid valley lined with tree ferns. The river is not wide, but has deep pools for bathing, especially during the rainy season. The trail climbs the opposite ridge, known as Montaña de los Aguilares, passing by three old homesteads with thatch-roofed huts, through humid mountain forests with palm understory, to Cerro León, a 1,113 meter (3,650 feet) peak in the center of the park with a spectacular 360-degree view. We will return via the trail that heads southeast across a knife-edge ridge separating the Ixcanal and Guayapa valleys, affording more spectacular views. After the hike we will return to the hostel in order to pack our stuff, take a hot “eco-shower” before heading back to San Salvador.
Please note: this itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during our trip but it is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored to weather conditions and the interests of the group.
PRICE PER PERSON:
Wire transfer to Cadejo Adventures’ bank account.
50 % upon reservation
Remaining balance due 7 days prior to tour start date.
Standard Price includes
• Transportation from San Salvador/El Imposible National Park/San Salvador.
• 1 night accommodation (single, double, triple room occupancy).
• Use of the accommodations’ facilities where applicable (including restaurant, showers, etc.
• 2 full-days with professional bilingual adventure guides.
• We provide one guide and one vehicle per every group of up to 5 guests.
• Outdoor equipment rentals (field guides and binoculars for bird watching).
Standard price does not include
• Customs entry & exit fees.
• Lunch and evening meals.