One of El Salvador's largest lakes, in a volcanic caldera - makes for a very cool excursion from San Salvador.

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Lake Coatepeque

A lovely volcanic lake worth visiting in the mountains outside San Salvador

Along with a number of other nature reserves, Coatepeque is located up in the Salvadoran mountains some 60 kilometres (36 miles) from the capital city but with easy access via buses from downtown that will get you out here in just over a half hour. Formed more than 60,000 years ago, its volcanic origin makes both the flora and geology hereabouts feel different from what you'll find in other parks. On the lake is a small islet called Teopán which you can get out to by boat, and the lake is also a great place for a swim and even as a spot to snorkel/dive for a look at some exotic underwater life. We'd also recommend you not miss any of the lookout points set up in the hills around to get a glorious eyeful of the lake and island from above.

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