Driving the road to Cerro El Pital, where El Salvador meets Honduras

Cerro El Pital is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.709m (8,887ft) above sea level, located on the border of El Salvador and Honduras.

Cerro El Pital

Where is Cerro El Pital?

The peak is located on the border between the Honduran department of Ocotepeque and the Chalatenango department of northwest El Salvador.

Why is Cerro El Pital famous?

Located within Reserva Biologica El Pital, the peak marks the highest point in El Salvador and the third highest in Honduras. It’s a popular tourist destination due to its rich biodiversity, hosting endangered plants and animals. The cloud forest here harbors some of the country’s rarest species, including quetzals and other endangered wildlife.

How long is the road to Cerro El Pital's Peak?

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required. Starting from San Ignacio, in the department of Chalatenango, El Salvador, the road to the summit is 12.9 km (8.01 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.705 meters. The average gradient is 13.21%.
Pic: Miguel Guzmán