National Park Walter Thilo Deininger

Administered by the Salvadorian Institute of tourism (ISTU) and situated 35 kilometers from San Salvador, La Libertad Department, this place has an appearance different from other forest reserves; more, it seems that it is entering a destination where architecture and nature have combined.

National Park Walter Thilo Deininger

Upon entering the Park Deininger, it seems that it has reached an oasis in the middle of a dry and arid area. Leafy trees stationed on both sides of the road, along with ornamental plants that show a deep greenery, welcomes the visitor. It has 145 species of trees in an area of 1,047 apples.

Plunging into the forest reserve can be found a variety of vegetation that remains loaded with leaves year-round, since there is enough moisture, reason why it is called “forest Gallery”.

Representative species include conacastes, the carreto or ashtray, the amate, volador, willow, ojushte, as well as the guarumo, rubber, the BlackBerry and the almond River, among others. Some trees grow to up to 20 meters of height, with branches that extend whimsically and with a thickness of nearly two meters in diameter. There are amates, kapok and flying to embrace its trunk, at least six people hands would be needed.

During the rainy season, the Park is irrigated by five streams, that are distributed in different places, while Chan Lady Creek and the Amayo River are maintained with water throughout the year.

The Park is the habitat to mammals, such as cotuzas, pezotes, pacas, taltuzas, cusucos, skunks, deer, zontos cats, garrobos, as well as some 87 kinds of birds, including parrots, torogoces, owls, and chachalacas, fauna which cohabit and that is enough to subsist between the dense roots and below bushy branches. It also serves as refuge snakes including boa, the buzzer, and other species of wildlife.

The Park has a cave called “the cure”, about 15 meters long and five deep, which is home to bats. Also small, like the cotuza or the pezote mammals, take refuge among cavities which leave the stones next to the collapsed trees.

Moisture from this part of the Park is ripe for ferns and fungi develop in the walls of the tunnel, combining green and greyish tones.

In the higher parts of the forest reserve is another type of vegetation characterized because boot foliage during the dry season. The species that dominate this part of the reserve include the tourist, the tecomasuche, quebracho, the madrecacao, the white chaperno, the caulote, cedar, the Member and the flower of may, among others.

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