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I spent a few days working in San Salvador, but we had no rental car for our long weekend of exploring. So when work was finished, we took a cab to the airport to get a rental car. Driving in El Salvador is easy and the roads are very good. The exception is San Salvador which can be a challenge for driving. Many roads are marked and there are signs in some places, but the problem is more in road engineering (or lack thereof) and roads that are not properly connected to each other. So if you decide to drive in San Salvador, expect it to take a long time to cross the town.
Our first idea was to drive to Parque Nacional Cerro Verde to see the Volcano's. Once out of San Salvador, it is only about 45 minutes drive and it becomes very beautiful and green as you approach the Volcano's.
Our guide Avil led us down into the old crater which is now covered in lush vegatation. The looped trail is very nice and has view points for Izalco and Santa Ana and also Lago de Coatapeque (which I waterski'd last year).
We took pictures with Avil and only after we loaded them into the computer did I realize how small was our guide.
After we left Cerro Verde, I was convinced that I could find Lago de Coatapeque. We had enough time to drive to the rim overlooking Coatapeque so we took off driving in that direction. Within 15 or 20 minutes we found the lake and stopped at a little bar overlooking the water for a beer and to enjoy the view. The water was amazing blue, and is surrounded by the high crater rim. In the background are the volcano's and an island. It's an amazing environment and view. We had a dinner plan with friends at Citron in the evening so our day was cut short to head back to San Salvador.