My time in El Salvador has consisted of a lot of surfing and making friends whilst living a perpetual weekend. However, every once and a while I like to get out of my little beach side paradise I call home for a change of scenery.
Today, I did a volcano hike of Santa Ana volcano with a random tour group that I met at the base of the Volcano. I would highly suggest going with a guide as on the way back down we lost the guide things got pretty confusing pretty quickly. However, as far as I know we all made it back, alive, safe and sound. The guide took a tip of a few dollars, however all in all the whole expedition was around $10-15 USD due to the bus ride from Santa Ana and multiple entrance fees.
Overall, the hike took 4 hours total which for someone who had already eaten 3 meals by 11am, was a real trek. The scenery on the way there was beautiful, it was very rocky and there was cactus' and vegetation everywhere which were really beautiful. It was very deserty. Once you reached the top you could see down into the volcano, which I'm pretty sure was active. It contained baby blue water which bubbled and was assumably toxic. There's no fence or border to the opening so a couple wrong steps and you could go straight in but I guess that's part of the adventure. All and all, although the hike kicked my butt it was well worth it.