El Imposible is located in the Department of Ahuachapán, southwest of El Salvador in Central America, specifically in the western end of the Biosphere Reserve of Apaneca-Llamatepec and next to the Ruta de las Flores, between the towns of Ataco, Tacuba and San Francisco Menéndez.

The road leading to public areas of the park is next to Sonsonate and going towards the border with Guatemala’s Hachadura. (Map of El Salvador with the location of the park).

El Imposible has three entrances, each with its attractions:

SECTOR SAN BENITO
Located in the municipality of San Francisco Menéndez, 600 meters above sea level, and with a warm temperature (between 22 and 28° C).

Access
To enter the Park, you have to drive by an unpaved road from the Desvío del Río Ahuachapío, between the 106th and the 107 km, before reaching Cara Sucia on Highway A-2 that leads to the border with Guatemala (La Hachadura).

The road to San Benito is 13.5 km long heading north, passing through pastures and farmland, close to the villages Ahuachapío, El Refugio and San Miguelito, the latter being closer to the park. It is not necessary to have a 4×4 car to visit the Park, however it is recommended. Buses and minibuses with excursions up remarkably well.

Services
In the Park, you will find several camping areas, tour options, rivers, viewpoints, shops, restrooms, parking, tour guides, information, food and beverages stations, archaeological sites, a police station, a visitors’ center and a hostel.

SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO MENÉNDEZ

It is 250 meters above sea level and has a warmer than San Benito Sector, close to 28 ° C temperature.

Access
Drive on the CA-2 highway, heading west toward the border with Guatemala (La Hachadura), 5 kms after Cara Sucia, take the Desvío to San Francisco Menéndez. A paved road that passes through the town in such municipality leads exactly to this sector’s entrance.

Services
In this sector of the park you will find camping areas, tours, rivers, viewpoints, nursery, restrooms, parking, tour guides, information, picnic areas and archaeological sites.

HOW TO GET TO EL IMPOSIBLE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

The reference points to go to the park is the Terminal de Buses de Occidente of San Salvador, the Sonsonate Terminal and the Terminal Cara Sucia. The San Salvador Terminal is located on the boulevard Venezuela, Colonia Roma.

At the Terminal de San Salvador, you should take the Route 205 leading to Sonsonate. Upon arrival to Sonsonate, you must take another bus heading to La Hachadura. In the course of this bus and by the Municipality of San Francisco Menéndez, you should stay in the center of Canton Cara Sucia.

Upon arrival to Cara Sucia, you must take another bus or truck, depending of the sector you want to visit. If you are going to Sector San Benito, you can take the bus that goes to Caserío San Miguelito or Caserío El Refugio. If you get to Caserío San Miguelito, you are a few meters away from the entrance of Sector San Benito. If you get to Caserío El Refugio, you will have to continue on foot for another 7 kms to get to the entrance of the Park.

Here you will find the hours from Monday through Sunday:

 From Cara Sucia to San Miguelito
Mon. through Sun./ Cost ~ US$ 1. ºº

From San Miguelito to Cara Sucia
Mon. through Sun./ Cost ~ US$ 1. ºº

TRUCK

BUS 811

TRUCK

BUS 811

 11:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

5:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

 2:00 p.m.

6:30 a.m.

 

From Cara Sucia to El Refugio
Mon. – Sun. /
Cost ~ US$ 0.75

From San Miguelito to Cara Sucia
Mon. – Sun. /
Cost ~ US$ 1. ºº

TRUCK

BUS 811

TRUCK

BUS 811

6:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:30 a.m.

12:00 a.m.

2:30 a.m.

2:00 a.m.

 

If you want to go from Cara Sucia to Sector San Francisco Menéndez, you can take one of the trucks that circulate every 30 minutes from Monday through Sunday, which cost $0.50. The bus 286 goes out directly from Sonsonate to San Francisco Menéndez, but with less frequency. Its hours must be asked at Sonsonate Terminal.