By: Hugh C. Talley
This week my wife Elizabeth and I traveled to the Ilamatepec Volcano and Lake Coatepeque near Santa Ana. llamatepec is about 45 Km west of San Salvador, near Santa Ana, it is the country’s highest and one of its most active volcanoes. The last eruption was on October 1st 2005, it produced a violent explosion and generated a 10km high eruption column. It was reported that 2 people were killed and approximately 2000 people were evacuated. This was the first eruption since 1904.
There was also ruins of an old resort hotel on this site, our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable about the volcanoes but had little knowledge about the hotel. I could tell at one time it was a very high-end hotel restaurant. I have not been able to find out much about it so far, but I plan to do research and will do a post on this later.
There were vendors on site selling fried yucca, beans and cheese. there was some selling fresh fruit and vegetables. I brought some bananas and cantaloupes, they were very sweet, I really enjoyed them.
After leaving Ilamatepec we went down to Lake Coatepeque. Lake Coatepeque is a large crater lake that was created by two eruptions, collapsing the mountain peak approximately 70,000 and 50,000 years ago. the last volcanic activity is believed to have been approximately 10,000 years ago. Lake Coatepeque is one of the largest lakes in El Salvador (10sq.mi.)
There is plenty to do at this lake, sail boating, kayaking, canoeing, boats to take you on tours of the lake, or powerboat pulling water skiers. Crystal clear water draws swimmers and scuba divers with lake front hotels offering sunbathing beaches.
Elizabeth and I enjoyed a late lunch at Restaurante Los Palmeras which is right on the lake, the food was excellent and the service was great. We enjoyed our day very much and plan to return and spend more time here.
I have attached some pictures from our trip.
I would be very grateful to have your comments or questions on anything you would like to know about El Salvador.