Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfall With Public Transport

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How to visit the Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfall in El Salvador with public transport.

The Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfall was our favourite day trip from Santa Ana, El Salvador.

Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfalls Travel Guide

The Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfall is literally a hot waterfall. It’s basically a natural Jacuzzi.

The water temperature is around 37°C (100°F). It flows down a river and cascades down a waterfall.

Picture of Bucketlist2life at Salto Malacatiupan
Bucketlist2life at Salto Malacatiupan

Is the Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Spring Waterfall Worth Visiting?

ABSOLUTELY! It is still super off-the-beaten path. During our visit, we met only two other tourists.

Where is Salto de Malacatiupan El Salvador

Salto Malacatiupan is located in western El Salvador close to the town of Santa Ana.

How to get to Salto de Malacatiupan with Public Transport

To get from Santa Ana to Salto Malacatiupan by public transport, you have to

  1. Catch 210 or 214 from the bus terminal in Santa Ana (marked on map) towards Ahuachapan. Buses leave regularly throughout the day, the drive itself should take around 40 minutes. It should cost less than 1$.
  2. Hop off at Parque San Juan (marked on map) in Atiquizaya.
  3. Negotiate the price for a tuk-tuk to the waterfall. It should not cost you more than 6$. The drive takes 15 minutes.
Bucketlist2life tip: Get the driver's number for a pickup on the way back. The waterfall is quite remote and you will most likely not find a passing tuk-tuk.
Picture of Bus from Santa Ana to Atiquizaya
Bus from Santa Ana to Atiquizaya

Entrance Fee for El Salto de Malacatiupan

Once you reach the falls, there is a 1$ entrance fee. You have to pay in cash.

Getting to the Salto de Malacatiupan

Make your way down to the river. First, you have to cross some small wooden bridges.

You can descend on the other side. It’s quite steep but there’s a rope to help you.

Picture of Getting to the Salto de Malacatiupan
Getting to the Salto de Malacatiupan

Swimming in the Salto de Malacatiupan Waterfalls

There are two pools you can bathe in:

  1. A small pool right in front of the waterfall with an easy entrance.
  2. A bigger pool you have to use a rope to climb into.
Bucketlist2life tip: You can swim a bit in the bigger pool but it’s quite tiring as the water is literally hot.
Picture of Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Waterfall
Salto de Malacatiupan Hot Waterfall

El Salto de Malacatiupan Opening Times

The river and waterfall are open 24/7.

Facilities at El Salto de Malacatiupan

There are new bathroom facilities but no showers or changing rooms. You should not rely on the possibility to buy any food or drinks.

Bucketlist2life tip: Bring loads of drinking water. The hot water dehydrates you quickly!

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