EI – Area Management

El Imposible is administered as “National Park”, according to the category assigned to this unit of conservation under the Wilderness Act, El Salvador, 2005. This category is equivalent to the second Category of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“It is a protected area, mainly managed with the purpose of conserving ecosystems and provides a space for cultural and recreational activities. It must contain representative examples of important regions, natural scenery or characteristics in which animal and plant species, habitats, geomorphological sites, show a particular ecological, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and touristic importance. It should cover such an extent that include one or more ecosystems that have not been altered significantly” (Article 14 of the Natural Areas Law, El Salvador, 2005)


  • Preserve environmental goods and services
  • Promote environmental education and interpretation
  • Encourage scientific investigation
  • Contribute to ecotourism and recreation
  • Sustainably use the resources derived from natural ecosystems
  • Maintain cultural and traditional attributes

SalvaNATURA is constantly working towards finding new funding sources that help us execute the objectives as well as the management and sustainable development programs in El Imposible and its neighboring communities.


In 2006, SalvaNATURA signed a contract of technical cooperation with El Salvador’s Ministry of the Environment to strengthen, coordinate and consolidate the execution of programs of the Management Plan and under a co-management model.

As co-managers of El Imposible, SalvaNATURA strives to promote and execute activities of protection, conservation, restoration. We also promote activities concerning sustainable management for the natural resources of the Park, which currently is the biggest scenario of biodiversity and beautiful landscapes in El Salvador.


Its importance is that they should promote ecofriendly activities to support management objectives and minimize negative impacts in and out of the Park, through environmental education, promotion of appropriate technologies and tourism.

The region of influence is the territorial space that directly receives the environmental benefits and park services, such as water, scenic beauty, biodiversity and carbon reservoir. It has an area of 58,954 hectares and consists of the municipalities of San Francisco Menéndez, Tacaba, Jujutla and Guaymango, which reciprocally affect development.


Intagible Area: Constitutes 77% of the forest. It is not used for tourist visitation or transit without prior authorization to preserve ecological processes. Only with an authorization, you can conduct projects for research, preservation, conservation and monitoring. In this area Campana, Piedra de Filo, El Pulguerón, La Olla, Izcanal, Monte Hermoso, Las Pulgas, La Cumbre, La Leoncita and Mixtepe, Mirador El Puma, Cave Cal and Corozo hills can be found.

Intensive Use Area: Consists of the 6% of the forest where the tourist recreation and environmental education-communication is encouraged, trying to cause minimal impact on the natural environment and considering the aesthetic aspects. This area includes the Mixtepe visitor center, Mirador El Mulo and the entrance to Sector San Francisco Menéndez. Each sector can support up to 300 visitors daily maximum.

Extended Usage Area: It is 17% of the forest in which a natural environment is maintained with minimal human impact. The controlled management of this area allows tourism and field trips. Cerro León, Mirador Pata de Gallina, Piedra Sellada, Los Enganches, El Ixcanal, and Paso El Imposible are included in the San Francisco Menéndez.

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