We completed six long days of eye surgeries and now it was our first free day to see more of El Salvador! Early Friday morning after breakfast, we were picked up from the eye clinic by Bernie of Maya Triangle Tours. We briefly saw the central square of town then headed to Los Volcanoes National Park, also known as Cerro Verde National Park.
Bernie was funny and entertaining and told us some interesting stories and facts about the city of Santa Ana, the country of El Salvador, and the national park. On our way to see Cerro Verde we passed a large crater lake, Lake Coatepeque, and saw many Salvadorans working hard to pick the fruit from coffee plants lined along the road.
The national park was beautiful and Bernie made sure we had an opportunity to take pics of the Izalco Volcano. Very cool! Afterwards we followed him on a hiking trail through the lush forest where he pointed out interesting trees, flowers, and plants.
After a nice hike through the forest, it was time for lunch. We went to Restaurante Vista Lago which had tables on a balcony overlooking Lake Coatepeque. There was also a small trail leading to a small balcony built around an old tree with more stunning views. It was absolutely gorgeous!
It was a clear sunny day and it was so nice to eat and relax on the balcony with the massive crater lake as our background. The food was good, the beer was cold, and the views were amazing!
What a wonderful day! Cerro Verde National Park and Lake Coatepeque were beautiful and Bernie was a fabulous guide. Thanks so much! I highly recommend exploring beautiful El Salvador with Maya Triangle Tours!
After the tour we headed to San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital city, where we would be staying for the next couple nights. We had a campaign dinner by the hotel pool later that night and the following day was a beach day!
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