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Northern El Salvador


The northern region has the greatest elevation change of anywhere in El Salvador, rising from the broad river valley north of San Salvador (now a reservoir called Lago Suchitlán) to the country's highest point, Cerro El Pital, near the Honduran border. The climate follows in lockstep, from the warm low-lying areas of Aguilares and Cihuatán, commonly reaching 23°C (73°F), to the higher and cooler towns of La Palma and San Ignacio, which fall to 12°C (53°F). If you are camping on top of El Pital, it can get downright cold - you'll need several layers and a good sleeping bag.