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  • 13.9°N
  • 89.12°W

  • 1438 m
    4717 ft

  • 343052
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Uncertain

1438 m / 4717 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

Guazapa is a massive, eroded Pleistocene stratovolcano that rises 1000 m above the surrounding countryside NE of the capital city of San Salvador. The 1438-m-high basaltic volcano has no trace of its original summit crater, and deep canyons cut its flanks. Several young Holocene pyroclastic cones and lava flows of similar composition are found at the base of the volcano (Williams and Meyer-Abich, 1955). The Macanze scoria cone at the SE base of the volcano was considered to have probably been active only a few thousand years ago, however Weber and Wiesemann (1978) did not map Holocene vents in this area.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Weber H S, Wiesemann G, 1978. Mapa Geologico de la Republica de El Salvador/America Central. Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover, Germany, 1:100,000 scale geologic map in 6 sheets.

Williams H, Meyer-Abich H, 1955. Volcanism in the southern part of El Salvador with particular reference to the collapse basins of Lakes Coatepeque and Ilopango. Univ Calif Pub Geol Sci, 32: 1-64.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Guazapa. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Guazapa page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Macanze, Cerro
    Nacanze, Cerro
Pyroclastic cone 789 m 13° 52' 0" N 89° 4' 0" W
Tecomatepe, Cerro Stratovolcano 1017 m 13° 51' 0" N 89° 3' 0" W

Photo Gallery

Guazapa is a massive, eroded Pleistocene stratovolcano that rises 1000 m above the surrounding countryside NE of the capital city of San Salvador. The 1438-m-high basaltic volcano is seen here from the SW. It has no trace of its original summit crater, and deep canyons cut its flanks. Several relatively young pyroclastic cones and lava flows of similar basaltic composition are found at the base of the volcano, although their age is not known precisely.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1996 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
Guazapa volcano is seen here from the west, 3 km north of the town of Guazapa. This eroded stratovolcano is of Pleistocene age and is one of the largest volcanoes of the interior valley of El Salvador. Deep canyons dissect the volcano, but relatively young pyroclastic cones and lava flows are found around its base.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The massive Pleistocene Guazapa stratovolcano (left-center) is seen here in an aerial view from the SW with the Río Lempa behind it. The youngest flank vent of Guazapa is Cerro Macanze, which lies on the SE flank of the volcano, behind the two small volcanoes in the right-center part of the photo. The dark-colored unvegetated lava flow in the foreground was erupted in 1917 from the flank of San Salvador volcano.

Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The western side of Lake Ilopango is seen from the southern rim of Ilopango caldera. The broad peak on the right-hand horizon is Guazapa, a Pleistocene volcano in the Interior Valley of El Salvador that has young pyroclastic cones at its base. The northern wall of Ilopango caldera rises about 400-500 m above the lake. Much of the caldera rim is covered with a thick blanket of deposits from the caldera-forming eruptions, but some lava domes are exposed in the caldera wall.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1978 (Michigan Technological University).
Volcán de Guazapa (right center) rises beyond Cerrón Grande reservoir (lower right) in this view from the NE. The low peak to the left of Guazapa is Cerro Tecomatepe. A solitary cloud lies below the summit of San Salvador volcano (upper left). The Santa Ana complex forms the broad massif at the upper right; sharp-topped Izalco volcano is visible at the left side of the massif, and peaks of the Sierra Apaneca near the Guatemalan border form the irregular ridge to the right of Santa Ana.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2002 (Smithsonian Institution).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Guazapa in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Guazapa Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.