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Peñon de Comasagua Sunset Hike: The Ultimate Guide

Peñon de Comasagua Sunset Hike: The Ultimate Guide

Hiking to Peñon de Comasagua for sunset is one of the most amazing El Salvador travel experiences. Also known as Quepis Salvadoreño (Salvadoran Kepi) or Piedra de Santiago (Santiago’s Rock), this phenomenal landform is located in Comasagua, in the department of La Libertad in El Salvador. El Peñon de Comasagua offers incredible 360-degree panoramic views. At sunset, you’ll enjoy a magnificent golden hour that lights up the surrounding mountains, volcanoes and even the Pacific Ocean.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Peñon de Comasagua sunset hike. We’ll provide a trail description, some epic sunset photos and talk about how to get there.

Peñon de Comasagua Hike in El Salvador Preview

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 2.4km
  • Time: 1–1.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 125m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Peñon de Comasagua Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc

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Peñon de Comasagua Hike

The Peñon de Comasagua hike is only a short trail in La Libertad, otherwise known as, Surf City. For such minimal effort, you’ll be rewarded with a mindblowing sunset! During the initial stages of the hike, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the daunting rock formation in the distance.

The hike then continues to weave in and out of farmland. You’ll notice the plots of land are mostly cornfields and bean crops. They’re lined with tropical leafy trees.

Starting the hike late in the afternoon, means you’ll have golden hour to enjoy straight off the bat! The trail gently inclines and winds. Next, you’ll arrive at a flat section where you’ll find a sign, labelled, ‘El Salvador’. From this flat area, your views of the surrounding landscapes increase.

Then, there’s a short decline, leading to a wide trail that connects you to the base of Peñon de Comasagua. This final section leading to the huge natural rock formation is only approx. 900 metres into the hike. Actually, this is a great place for a photo. That’s because you’ll see the spectacular rock; plus, the sun setting next to it!

Peñon de Comasagua Sunset

The golden hour glow parades on and around Peñon de Comasagua. Views of the rock from the trail are superb. But, it’s definitely worth reaching the peak to watch sunset.

There is a steep set of concrete steps leading to the summit. Having spent a lot of time taking photos on the trail below, I found myself speed hiking up the steps to make it in time for sunset. To say I was blowing out of my behind would be an understatement.

Reaching the summit of Peñon de Comasagua is one of the most remarkable places to watch sunset in El Salvador. Marked by a cross at the top, the gigantic rock formation sits 900 metres above sea level. So, expect fantastic views of the surrounding Balsam mountain range, valleys and the intimidating San Vicente Volcano. On a clear night, you should be able to see waves crashing in from the Pacific Ocean.

Beck and I visited in the dry season. As to be expected, the surrounding landscape was quite barren, dominated by brownish tones. But, in the rainy season, you’ll see vividly green valleys and hills. Either way, when visited at sunset, there’ll be a wicked mix of orange, pink and purple hues over the horizon.

Returning From Peñon de Comasagua

Even once the sun has set, the sky will continue to throw off amazing colours on the return hike. So, keep your camera at the ready.

By the time you reach the end of the hike, it would have just turned dark. Now, it’s time to head home for a feed! Or, you can grab some snacks from the small tienda (shop) at the trailhead to tie you over.

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Peñon de Comasagua Hike Recap

El Peñon de Comasagua in La Libertad, El Salvador is an unbeatable place to watch sunset. Given the short distance of the trail, you can start the hike very late into the afternoon. And, you’ll have golden hour to enjoy, essentially throughout the entire hike! Let’s look at how you can experience this awesome adventure below.

A sign reads 'El Salvador', with Peñon de Comasagua in the distance

Visiting Peñon de Comasagua Independently

If you have your own car, you can simply drive to the trailhead in Comasagua in La Libertad. Although, the road is bumpy and uneven. So, you’ll feel much more comfortable and confident in a 4×4. The road stays in a fairly good condition during the dry season. But, during the rainy season, the road condition can deteriorate. In this case, you’ll definitely want a 4×4 to visit.

Car Hire

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

If you don’t have a car, you’ll need to visit by bus, or, do a Peñon de Comasagua tour. It’s certainly possible to visit Peñon de Comasagua independently during the day. This involves getting the #104A bus to and from San Tecla. You’ll catch the bus from San Tecla at 6 Avenida Sur, next to Novocentro. From Comasagua, you’ll catch the bus from Alex Martinez Street next to the park.

You can also visit Comasagua from La Libertad, otherwise known as El Puerto de La Libertad, by using the #660 bus route. Both bus schedules have specified timetables. But, buses don’t run regularly. For bus departure times, check at the local bus stations. Either way, whether you arrive from San Tecla or La Libertad, you’ll need to walk 1.5km from the El Peñon de Comasagua bus station to the trailhead of the hike.

Unfortunately, if you want to experience Peñon de Comasagua, specifically for sunset, you’ll need to do a tour. That’s becuse, the bus service doesn’t run that late into the evening. We highly recommend visiting Peñon de Comasagua for sunset for the best experience. So, which is the best tour company to go with?

Peñon de Comasagua Tour

Not many tour companies in La Libertad, or, in El Salvador, offer the Peñon de Comasagua sunset tour. Luckily for Beck and I, we found a great company, offering the tour at a very affordable price. Based in San Salvador, Club de Mochileros organise cheap tours around El Salvador, including the Peñon de Comasagua sunset tour. Their group tours are cheaper because they charge per group, instead of per person.

A Peñon de Comasagua tour with Club de Mochileros is $60USD per group. So, with a group of six, it’s only $10USD each! Plus, you’ll pay the $1USD entrance fee. Sometimes, you’ll pay $2USD for a local guide. But, when Beck and I visited, we didn’t hike with a guide. We simply hiked with the friendly crew from Club de Mochileros and a few other locals, who joined us for the trip.

To book a tour with Club de Mochileros, simply hit them with a message on Whatsapp (+503 7602 0000 or +503 7600 3454). Or, you can contact them on Facebook or Instagram.

Enjoying sunset with people from Club de Mochileros and our tour group during the Peñon de Comasagua hike in La Libertad in El Salvador

Comasagua El Salvador

Not to be confused with Peñon de Guatape in Colombia, Peñon del Aguila in Argentina or El Peñon del Cuervo Malaga in Spain, Peñon de Comasagua is located in Comasagua, La Libertad, El Salvador. Comasagua is located 30km from San Salvador. Whilst, Peñon de Comasagua is positioned on the outskirts of Comasagua. The natural rock formation is roughly 6km south of Comasagua.

Peñon de Comasagua isn’t protected by or located in a national park, or, parque nacional, in Spanish. It actually falls on private property. But, thankfully, the farmers who own the property are super friendly and are happy for you to visit.

Of course, the main attraction in Comasagua in El Salvador is Peñon de Comasagua. But, in town, you’ll find lovely restaurants and coffee shops lining the cobblestone streets. The most famous is Finca Santa Marta, which is a fantastic coffee estate.

Hiking Essentials

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

Make sure to also pack 1L of water, snacks and sunglasses.

Bonus Tips

  • Don’t skip El Salvador: many tourists miss El Salvador during their Central America trip. Check out our El Salvador guides or use our search function to find other incredible places to visit. #dontskipelsalvador
  • There’s no need to pack your Passport: leave your important documents at your accommodation. This advice, generally holds true, when you do any hiking or outdoor activities in Central America.
  • Make sure to also check out Tamanique Falls: close by, in the town of Tamanique, you’ll find a series of breathtaking waterfalls.
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Daniel Piggott

Dan is a travel blogger, physiotherapist, hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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