Updated February 26, 2018
Chapter 1, The Agua Fría River
Take precautions if you leave your car at the parking spot. We
heard that some unattended cars have been vandalized. Instead, park at Balneario San José, just 300 meters away.
Chapter 3, El Cerro de Tequilizinta
2017. The trail to Tequilizinta is in fine shape. A few people can be
found living in the ghost town on weekends. They are very friendly and
happy to see visitors. After your hike you can now jump into the
room-temperature spring water at Las Pilas Balneario, where you can
also leave your car for the hike. See Tequilizinta Ghost Town.
Chapter 4, Dolphin Beach
It may be hard to find from the highway, but it’s still there!
In case of doubt, go to well-known Platanitos beach and walk
north along the shoreline. Dolphin beach is the next one after
Chapter 5, La Piedra Gorda
The view from the top (2400 masl) is as gorgeous as ever, but now it's much easier to find the place. Click here for the update.
Chapter 6, La Campana: The Psychedelic Bell
Fortunately, these marvelous rock formations are still in
pristine condition. Please help to keep them that way! You'll find new info on accessing La Campana in The Psychedelic Bell, the New
Mascota Museum and Magical San Sebastián.
Chapter 8, Puerto de Lourdes
The man-made caves are still there! They were closed to the public for some years but they are now open daily from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
and 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sundays. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. See Puerto de Lourdes Update.
Chapter 10, The Magic Pool
O Woe! They dismantled that beautiful bridge because they
planned to construct a dam on the river. Then they decided not
to build the dam! FLASH:
2017 update: The bridge was rebuilt 700 meters downstream and you can
cross it there...and the pool's correct name (I'm told) is El Charco
Chapter 11, El Mirador de Santa Rosa
The road from Amatitán to El Salvador has been paved and this is
now a much easier way to view the canyon. See
Santa Rosa Valley. As for the route via Santa Lucia, Eileen Collard's Update gives us much needed coordinates for finding the Mirador.
Chapter 13, Cerro El Tule
Access to this lovely place via Mariano Otero may be denied
during the dry season.
Chapter 15, El Diente
New information on hiking among the incredible rock formations of Cerro El Diente and on a new movement to Save the Tooth.
Chapter 16, Tequila Volcano
As marvelous as ever. Click here
for an update on the road conditions and how to find the easy
path inside the crater.
Chapter 19, Los Chorros de Tala
We revisited the site in 2015 and here's the scoop!
Chapter 20, Las Siete Cascadas de Tonalá
They are still there in 2017, but things have changed! The good news is that there's a new, easy way to drive there. See The 7 Falls Update.
Chapter 23, The Great Rocks of Tapalpa
The rocks are now enclosed by a fence and quite the tourist
attraction on weekends. Go on a weekday, if you can.
Chapter 24, Cerro de San Esteban
for an update on a better trail for reaching the top of the Cerro.
Chapter 26, Río Caliente
Huge numbers of people have discovered this delightful hot
river. It’s jammed on weekends but not bad on weekdays.
Chapter 29, El Volcán de Ceboruco
visitors center has come and gone on the peak, but the crater is just
as spectacular as ever! Camping in the meadow below the fumaroles. See
Chapter 32, El Altilte
Good news! Government officials have ordered the local ranchers
to “put back” the lake they drained. You’ll find it 2.5
kilometers northwest of the petroglyphs.
Chapter 34, El Salto Waterfall
Here’s another place which has become very popular on weekends
and holidays. On a work day, however, you’ll probably have it
all to yourself.
Chapter 35, Los Cazos
It appears that cars are now allowed to enter Los Cazos for a
small fee. Besides the waterfall, check out the scenic area
around the ancient cazos (fermentation
Chapter 37, Guava Beach
It’s still a lovely hike to this spot, but if you prefer to
drive relatively close to it, check out
The Salty River.
Camping at Guava Beach: Check here for new information on where you can pitch your tent safely.
Chapter 39, The Ferrería River
Our recommended parking spot, Don Andrés’ backyard, has been
taken away from him. However, there is plenty of room to park on
the shoulder of the road near his home.