El Salvador Tourism

San Antonio Masahuat, El Salvador, is home to Magical Places

San Salvador. – In the municipality of San Antonio Masahuat, La Paz, located just one hour and 25 minutes from the capital, there are two magical places that you cannot miss when you visit El Salvador.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


If you are a fan of extreme hiking, and walking on rocks and up the river this is the place for you. La Piedra Trabada is the first magical place for those who like extreme nature and adventures on water.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


The hike departs from the town hall with the guidance of expert guides who know the place like the back of their hand. The guides are responsible for guiding tourists along the river. This hike is a two-hour walk upriver, culminating in the magnificent natural, rock-made alleys. Along the walk you meet birds, reptiles and natural water sources.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


There are three alleys from where to admire the natural environment surrounding the river; the caves that are home to parakeets, and the magnificent shapes of the natural pathways.

At the end of the walk you can admire La Piedra Trabada (the stuck rock) and legends tell stories of how this huge rock became stuck. Today, it is covered with green moss due to the humidity of the place.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.

At the end of the hike, there is a waterhole where visitors pause to take a bath, pose for pictures and eat something before returning.

This adventure would not have been possible without the  support of www.elsalvadorxpedition.com and the mayor of San Antonio Masahuat.

Lissette Alfaro, from El Salvador Xpedition was the tour operator who organized our visit, for which we are very grateful.

The Salto de La Periquera

Also in San Antonio Masahuat, just 45 minutes from the center of town, the  Salto de La Periquera, is a huge waterfall where visitors can enjoy a warm bath.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


Behind this beautiful waterfall, a mini-adventure awaits. You can walk along an extreme path that takes you through a magical place. You must have a lot of endurance, and wear very suitable footwear for hiking.

It is also advisable to bring comfortable clothing and good hiking shoes, as well as enough water in small bags, as recommended by Lissette Alfaro.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


In front of the waterfall, you can enjoy the beauty of the environment,  pause to have lunch, rest for an hour and a half, or bathe while taking precautions, since the force of the falling water can be great.


Photo courtesy, Mauricio Cáceres, Journalist, El Salvador.


And although there is no danger, it is always advisable to maintain safety measures. El Salvador Xpedition put together a great team of guides for the participating media personnel that joined in this adventure. A special thank you to guides, Gabriela González and Moisés Flores who were very professional.

If you would like to visit this beautiful place all you just have to do is contact www.elsalvadorxpedition.com


Mauricio Alexander Cáceres García is a Correspondent for Latina Republic focused on El Salvador and Latin America. He is a renowned Photojournalist and Documentarian from El Salvador. Migration is personal to him. His father and family moved to the United States as migrants. His work showcases the power of human stories. Among his specializations, Cáceres has reported on “The migrant route” of the Guatemalan border, Mexico and the United States. He personally completed the migrant route to the US on four occasions. Cáceres has a degree in Migration from the Universidad de Centro América, UCA. Cáceres has served as an Editor of the newspaper Más, EDH and elsalvador.com. He has extensive experience in national and international news coverage, studied journalism and has won several photography awards throughout Latin America, including second place in a photographic contest centered on the migrant woman, and earning the Santa Clara de Asís prize for his report on the migrant route.