Artículos en Inglés
Fun in Parque el Boqueron
Translated/Edited into English by Jessica Wagner
Twenty minutes away from the capital, with refreshing climates, panoramic views and rich, delicious local dishes, Parque el Boqueron has become an ideal tourist destination for friends and families.
The park is located in and around the crater of the San Salvador volcano -one of the volcanoes in the volcanic range of La Libertad. According to the tourist administration (Ministerio de Turismo – MITUR), this park includes three different trails clearly marked in both English and Spanish serving as a guide to lead tourists to astonishing views of San Salvador. If interested in learning more about the flora and fauna that reside throughout the trails, seek assistance from the guides available from the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente (MARN) to guide your route and provide information.
The park also provides assistance from the Tourist Police (POLITUR) to guide your journey to “Boqueroncito” located at the end of the crater. From the edge of the crater you can observe “Picacho” – the highest point onthe volcano, which contains multiple mountain biking routes.
Another main attraction within the park is the interactive center where visitors can learn the history of the volcano as well as the effect the 1917 eruption had on the local inhabites – a devastation that destroyed houses as well as injured the population of many plants and animals residing in the area. The aftermath of this natural disaster affected not only the people of San Salvador but also surrounding communities such as Nejapa, Quezaltepeque and many others.
Along the main highway that leads to the park, there is a coffee shop with an eco-touristic concept, which is a great place to stop and rest. Continuing down the highway, around the sixteenth kilometer (estimated 10 miles), is the “Plaza del Volcan” – a plaza containing stunning views as well as venders of both Salvadoran and Mexican foods.
Many different species of flora and fauna flourish along the trails of the park. MARN has identified different plants such as: lilies, hydrangeas, begonias, and wild suitana, all of which can be found within the park. MARN has also identified many animal species local to the area, some being armadillos, raccoons, deer, foxes, and many other species.
Many of the residents of the park have dedicated themselves to the agriculture of the land, which has opened the way for local vendors to sell strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other tropical, locally grown goods. This enviormental tourist site is open to the public Mondays through Sundays from eight am to five pm.