Sunday, May 04, 2008

Los Ausoles

Los Ausoles is located in the department of Ahuachapan, right outside the city of the same name by the geothermic plant La Geo. They're smoke-spewing fumaroles (vents?) that you can walk right up to, as well as boiling mud and hot springs. Smelled a bit like when the water softener at home in Ohio isn't working, but stronger. The best part was that it was just kinda there, free for anyone to walk right up to (or into if you weren't paying attention). Los Ausoles is defenitely on my list of cool things that I've seen in El Salvador that most people don't even know exist. Next stop is the Termales de Santa Teresa right down the road.

The vents make a hissing sound, just like a pressure cooker. Not a particulary comforting thought when you're walking over top of them.


osckar_vasquez said...

You are right! I had no idea that this place existed here in my own country. I definitively have to go and see it by myself. Your video is very good!

expatwizard said...

We've been going to Los Ausoles for years now, the surounding area, including Ataco and Apeneca is the northern limit of the "Ruta de las Flores" down through Juayua and to Nahuizalco. So much to see and do in one little country.
If you wish would like you to review our site, now in development on eco tourism and teh restoration of Cinquera in Cabañas department, a town deserted during the civil war, which raged all around. I am a long term resident of El Salvador/Guatemala focusing on development of sustainable rural tourism, my associated is a Bioligist, managing many small projects, bloqs such as yours are a welcome addition as opposed to poorly done commercial tourism websites. To get in touch with us e mail elsalvadorinfo at Saludos.

expatwizard said...

Cinquera in Cabañas...18 km. north of Suchitoto by unpaved road..if you ever have time to make a video, please contact us, the association has most of the infrastructure in place to host visitors, including trails, restored historical monuments and uniformed native guides.....



Cinquera Cabañas El Salvador... Seeking short term volunteers
presently in or traveling through Central America to assist with eco
and cultural tourism project..non profit cooperative funded in part by
international aid organizations ....

Advice to Backpackers/low budget travelers, we are sorry, however due
to reasons of comfort and personal security, neither any of our
volunteers nor native guides are able to accompany travelers on public
transportation in El Salvador. If planning to take buses to small
villages and remote rural areas such as Cinquera, be advised services are
limited, so give yourself extra time to travel around, leave and depart early.


Cinquera-Rural Tourism-Pilot Project

As well as eco tourism, Cinquera boasts historical and cultural sites,
the village was destroyed during the worst years of the civil conflict
in El Salvador in the early 1980s and those residents who survived
either hid out in the nearby caves (which are viewed on tour with
trained uniformed guides from the community) of fled the country.
After the peace accords of 1992 former residents began trickling back
to Cinquera and in effect this small town was "reborn". Aside from the
rain forest tour, there exist in Cinquera historical and cultural
sites such as the church, a building which stood alone and empty of
worshipers throughout the armed conflict." The Uniformed native guides
will escort you every step of the way through the rain forest, trails
have been constructed. Local transportation to and from Cinquera
provided from San Salvador or Suchitoto,
Cinquera is a small village where everyone knows everyone else and
there is no crime,
For those with vehicles and camping gear, camping is available at the
park entrance...
…siempre bienvenidos!
Cinquera is located well off the beaten path, short term volunteers
now would need to stay in nearby colonial town of Suchitoto or in San
Salvador until the hostal for visitors/volunteers in Cinquera is

***After volunteering in El Salvador our organization is able to
connect you with other worthy causes and humanitarian aid
organizations throughout Central America if you desire.

Day Trips, excursions and other unique services may be arranged
throughout El Salvador, contact the volunteers at E mail: and we shall be more than happy to help you
plan your own special El Salvadorian and Central American adventure!

"Association for the Reconstruction and Municipal Development of
Cinquera (ARDM)"
Cinquera, Cabañas,
El Salvador, Central America
Contact information:
Cinquera office: Barrio El Centro, Frente al Parque
Telefax: +(503)2389-5732
E mail: (in Spanish)..if contacting ARDM please reference "Marco"

Project Co-ordinator, Marco Hernandez, San Salvador, El Salvador (in Spanish)

All inquires in English and languages other than Spanish e mail to:

The multi lingual volunteer shall be more than happy to answer your
inquiry within two (2) working days if possible.


Cinquera chapter from Kathy's Bloq in English..long and very
informative… View: "The Story of Cinquera" click on:

(Story of Cinquera is graphic and not for the faint of heart)

January 18th – The Story of Cinquera
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 10:24 PM
Posted by Kathy Mahler
"This is probably my longest story. And it is very ugly in parts...."