La Puerta del Diablo (The Devil’s Door)
Famous La Puerta del Diablo is a landmark tourist site just outside the capital. Its main attractions are the cool climate that prevails, and three impressive rock formations that seem to create a gate to another world. Its original name is Cerro El Chulo, formerly a single rock. It is said that after a severe storm in 1762 the whole mountain collapsed into three enormous rocks named: The Pimp, El Chulito and El Chulón.
This site is located a mile south of Balboa Park, Within Plans Renderos area. You’ll find many recreational activities, from rides, canopy, rappel and trails that take you to the highest point on these rocks.
La Puerta del Diablo's main atraction is a 360 ° panoramic view of half of El Salvador. From here you can see San Salvador, Lake Ilopango, the city of Cojutepeque and the towering volcano of San Vicente. You’ll also discover the picturesque village of Panchimalco and will to see most of the central coastline of El Salvador from 1,131 meters above sea level.
Historically, this place has been the origin of many legends and mythical stories. Its name comes from the curious rock formations outlooking an abyss, which makes it look like a giant gate with a beautiful landscape in the background.
Also among the locals there is the belief that construction work of any kind can’t be done in the area because of an
“Impenetrable strength” that prevents the human hand from spoiling this land. They even say that it is the devil himself who prevents the occurrence of such things.
In this popular hill you will find a variety of traditional dishes (on weekends) at affordable prices. Also, if you wish to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs there are friendly vendors in the area.
This place is constantly monitored by the Police of Tourism, so relax and enjoy the natural wonders offered by this amazing place.
How to get there:
La Puerta del Diablo is located south of Balboa Park, Within Renderos Plans. If driving just follow the signs after Balboa Park. You can park in the assigned parking. Many villagers offer to watch your car for US$ 1.00
Buses that frequent the area include Route “12” bus (bound for the Family Park and Planes de Renderos). This bus is taken from downtown San Salvador. Cost is US$ 0.25 to US$ 0.35.
To learn more about the attractions of La Puerta del Diablo you may contact the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism (JUSTICE) (503) 2222-8000, extension 151 (Information Department) and also visit www.istu.gob.sv
• Additional information:
Elevation 3478 feet
N 13 ° 27,523 ‘
In 089 ° 11,388 ‘
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