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A Beautiful Natural Place Overlooking the Capital - El Boqueron National Park

Updated: Oct 16, 2023


El Boqueron National Park

El Boqueron National Park in El Salvador is a natural area located on top of the San Salvador or Quezaltepeque volcano. El Boqueron park is at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level; it is on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, about 23 kilometers from the San Salvador historic district.

El Boqueron Park is a popular destination for local and foreign tourists for reasons such as the climate, the views, the flora, the fauna, and of course, the volcano craters.

Today, you can visit the Boqueron National Park and enjoy the views at the many viewpoints, taste the local cuisine at the many restaurants in the area, take the trails and explore the park, and reach the summit and view El Boqueroncito.

There is no doubt that El Boqueron park is a great option to enjoy nature and practice ecotourism; this park has ample natural beauty for visitors to enjoy and appreciate.


If you get the chance to visit El Boqueron, go to El Picacho, is the highest point of the volcano; from there, you will get great views of the incredible volcano craters.

In any case, El Boqueron National Park in El Salvador is one of the best natural parks in the country; therefore, you should visit it as soon as possible. El Boqueron is a great option to get away from the noise of the city and to breathe fresh air; it is not that far away.

Another popular activity at El Boqueron is to hike down to El Boqueroncito; this hike is for those who are looking for something more challenging to do.

Hiking down and hiking up is not easy to do, there are no roads or clear paths to the bottom. So, you will have to do the hiking with the use of ropes, through densely vegetated areas, and loose rocks.

Also, some people that hike down to El Boqueroncite; choose to camp inside the main crater, around the small volcano crater.

forest in el boquerón national park

While visiting El Boqueron National Park, you can try the typical Salvadoran foods at the many restaurants along the way to the park.

Additionally, you can eat at any of the many small food places located at the entrance of the park; they all serve typical dishes like pupusas, tamales, enchiladas, and many others.

The National Park El Boqueron is a natural haven ideal for sightseeing and enjoying Salvadoran nature at its best. The best part is that it is only about 20 minutes from San Salvador.


The main attraction at the park is the astonishing large crater, which is about 1.5 kilometers in diameter and about 550 meters deep. Extraordinary as it sounds, there is also a small volcano crater inside the principal volcano crater called El Boqueroncito, or little Boqueron in English.

People from all over the country and foreign tourists go to El Boqueron National park to get a glimpse of the unique volcano craters.

El Boqueron has a refreshing climate the entire year-round. Visitors can enjoy the pleasant weather and walk the trails surrounded by pine trees. Here, you can appreciate the beauty of the local flora and fauna.

To historians, inside the main crater of this volcano, used to be a lake. However, the lake disappeared during the eruption of 1917 and left in place a mini volcano crater commonly known as El Boqueroncito.

The eruption of 1917 was the last time the San Salvador volcano had volcanic activity. The volcano outburst caused extensive damage to San Salvador and other towns nearby, like Nejapa and Quezaltepeque.

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