Door of the Devil (Puerta del Diablo)
El Salvador, San Salvador

13 km from the city of San Salvador and 1 km from the Balboa Park, there is the rock formation Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo), which is a huge fault (the so-called door) between the two rocks of the El Chulo mountain range. The once-monolithic rock of El Chulo "broke" in two in October 1762, the abyss was formed as a result of erosion of the rock by powerful streams of water caused by the incessant several days of the elements. Locals present the history of the formation of Puerta del Diablo in a different way. In ancient times, the Prince of Darkness fell in love with the daughter of the owner of these lands. The girl’s father arranged a raid on Lucifer, in which fellow villagers and residents of neighboring places participated. Escaping from the chase, the Devil “passed” through the rock of El Chulo, making a large opening in it, which has since been called the Devil's Door. Puerta del Diablo has become one of Salvador's most visited attractions, a mecca for climbers and extreme sports enthusiasts. There are three paths leading to the tops of the cliffs; one of them rises almost vertically. From the observation platforms, from an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level, a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean, San Salvador, the village of Panchimalco, Lake Ilopango and the volcano San Vicente. Near the parking lot, at the foot of the Puerta del Diablo, there is a cafe and several souvenir stalls.

Tourist Objects nearby
National Museum of Anthropology by David J. Guzman
National Museum of Anthropology by David J. Guzman