Guazapa (volcano)

Guazapa seen from the west, 3 km north of the city Guazapa, from

The Cerro de Guazapa is an extensive eroded stratovolcano in El Salvador. It is located in the municipality of Guazapa in the department of San Salvador, about 20 kilometers northeast of San Salvador.


He was active in the Pleistocene. It rises about 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. Erosion has the original summit crater eroded completely and cut deep canyons in the basalt rock of its flanks. At the base of several active even in the Holocene craters were found. The Cerro Macanze, a cinder cone on the south- eastern base was possibly still active a few thousand years.


On the summit of Cerros FAES have a transmitter. In the vast area of Guazapamassivs the FMLN guerrillas was from 1980 to 1992 present. On July 8, 1981 34 civilians were killed in the municipality Guazapa of the Policía de Hacienda. Between February 28 and March 1, 1983 fleeing civilian population was killed in the area of Guazapas the Masacre de Guadalupe y Tenango by government forces of Batallón Atlacatl.