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Ilopango Volcano, Salvador

From series “Volcanoes and Traps That Changed the Face of the Planet”
Height: 450 meters.

The capital city of El Salvador is located near the famous Ilopango volcano. During the history it erupted twice. The first eruption, which occurred in the 5th century BC, was the most powerful and destructive. After the first destructive eruption, the whole territory of the western and central El Salvador was literally burned. It laid covered with a thick layer of ash.

Ilopango Volcano, Salvador Later, in the 535-536 AD, the most serious global cooling in 2 000 years was observed in the Northern Hemisphere. Researchers suggest that the volcanic eruption might be a reason. The element has destroyed several ancient Mayan cities and forced representatives of the ancient civilization to escape to safer areas, i.e. to the north of Guatemala. Currently, huge calderas remind about the strongest eruption, which occurred more than 1 500 years ago. These bowls are now filled with an incredibly beautiful lake. Shores of the lake are covered with dense vegetation.

The last eruption was in 1880. It was large-scale; the lava flow was directed upwards for 450 meters. The main natural attraction, which owes its existence to a mighty volcano, is Lake Ilopango. It was formed in a huge bowl, which is about 11 km long and about 8 km wide. These amazing scenic spots will attract not only for nature lovers, but also those who love extreme sports. Not far from the picturesque lake there is the Salvador airport that has been the venue for the annual grand airshow for the last several years. Next - Siberian Traps

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Courtyard by Marriott San Salvador

Located in 15 km from Volcano Ilopango
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Air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen cable TV, a CD player and laptop safe. There is a minibar, work desk and coffee maker. The marble bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Villa Florencia Centro

Located in 16 km from Volcano Ilopango
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Rooms: 20
All rooms feature cable TV and have air conditioning and a fan. The private bathroom comes with a shower. The Villa Florencia has a cafeteria-style … More: photo, rates and booking
Hostal Doña Marta

Located in 17 km from Volcano Ilopango
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Rooms: 4
The basi-décor rooms offer a desk, fan, cable TV and garden views. The private or shared bathrooms come with free toiletries and shower. The … More: photo, rates and booking
Be Happy Hostal El Salvador

Located in 18 km from Volcano Ilopango
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Rooms: 3
The rooms offer modern décor, wardrobe, a fan and shared bathrooms. Guests can find a variety of restaurants within 5 minutes' drive. Supermarkets … More: photo, rates and booking

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