Central America, El Salvador
Lago de Coatepeque of El Salvador is one of the most scenic lakes in all of Central America. It is located within Coatepeque Caldera – a large volcanic crater which was created by two volcanic eruptions tens of thousands of years ago.
The lake is both vast – 120 metres deep and 6km wide - and breathtakingly beautiful with incredible sparkling blue water and surroundings of lush green hills. The cleanliness of the water means that, unlike some other famous lakes in Central America, visitors and locals are able to enjoy both swimming and a range of water sports here.
Many visitors, however, simply enjoy just witnessing and photographing this glorious natural wonder. One popular way of doing this is to take a trip along the road known as the “Panoramic Highway” upon which are a number of viewpoints from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the lake on one side and of broad green valleys on the other.
Around the lake are a number of large and beautiful private homes – although these are undoubtedly fantastic for the people lucky enough to own them, it does mean that visitors who travel down to the lake can be disappointed as the views are obstructed by the walls of these properties. Indeed if it just views you are after, we recommend simply travelling along the ‘Panoramic Highway’ mentioned above.
If, however, you want to experience more of the lake then make sure you head on down – as mentioned earlier it is possible to practice a range of water sports here with jet ski and water ski hire available as well as many companies offering scuba diving and sailing excursions. Another option for those keener to just relax is to eat at one of the many lakeside restaurants from where you can enjoy the magical scenery whilst dining!
Lake Coatepeque is located 12 km from the city of Santa Ana and 53 km from San Salvador.
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