El Imposible National Park

Overview

Introduction

El Imposible National Park, El Salvador, takes its name from a difficult-to-reach mountain pass in this rugged part of the Ahuachapan Mountains, near the border with Guatemala.

Located 70 mi/115 km west of San Salvador, the park covers 12,850 acres/5,200 hectares of tropical mountain forest. It has the greatest natural diversity in the country: Nearly 400 distinct species of trees are found in the park, as are such endangered animals as the puma, tigrillo, tayra, mountain cuche, pajuil, king zope, crested black eagle, emerald toucan, aardvark and white-tailed deer. It is considered one of the most important natural reserves in Central America. Access is by hiking and four-wheel-drive vehicle only.

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