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.
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.
ABSOLUTELY! It is still super off-the-beaten path. During our visit, we met only two other tourists.
Salto Malacatiupan is located in western El Salvador close to the town of Santa Ana.
To get from Santa Ana to Salto Malacatiupan by public transport, you have to
Once you reach the falls, there is a 1$ entrance fee. You have to pay in cash.
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.
There are two pools you can bathe in:
The river and waterfall are open 24/7.
There are new bathroom facilities but no showers or changing rooms. You should not rely on the possibility to buy any food or drinks.
There are a lot of beautiful places in El Salvador so you should definitely include it in your Central America itinerary. Backpacking El Salvador rewards you with lovely people and good infrastructure. From the beaches of El Tunco to the volcano in Santa Ana and the mountain villages of the Ruta de las Flores - we show you the best places to visit in El Salvador.