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San Salvador Full Day: City and Volcano Group Tour

1. San Salvador Full Day: City and Volcano Group Tour

Visit the main avenues and monuments of San Salvador, the primary residential zones of the Capital City, the Historical Center including the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, The National Palace and The National Theater declared a national monument in 1979, El Rosario Church, Plaza Libertad, San Salvador handcraft market and the municipal market of Antiguo Cuscatlán. In the afternoon, visit San Salvador´s Volcano at only 25 kilometerss from the city. This Volcano is also known as “El Boquerón” and it is a national park where you will enjoy a refreshing eco walk through the natural trails and a panoramic view to the crater with its particular “volcancito” or “little volcano” inside.  Sightseeing is just as impressive. When returning, you will be able to see the beautiful city of San Salvador in the late afternoon. At the end, visit Santa Tecla City, you will walk around the main streets and avenues of the area including the famous “Paseo del Carmen”, El Carmen Church and the local Palace.

From San Salvador: Mayan Heritage Archaeological Tour

2. From San Salvador: Mayan Heritage Archaeological Tour

Visit the most important Mayan sites in El Salvador on a full-day guided tour. Throughout the experience, your professional and local guide will explain to your small group all there is to know. Start with San Andrès, a large Mayan city that was preserved by layers of ash from a nearby volcano eruption. Get a glimpse into the life of the regular Mayan people and learn about the drink of the kings. Then continue to Tazumal, the largest pyramid in the country with a unique drainage system created by Mayans. Enjoy its museum and explore important historical artifacts. Learn how Mayans dyed fabrics using plants at Casa Blanca, a separate archeological park but once part of a single community which included Tazumal. In Chalchuapa, see some Spanish buildings left over by the conquistadores. End your day with a meal in a restaurant overlooking the Coatepeque lake.

From San Salvador: Thermal Spa and Coffee Plant Tour

3. From San Salvador: Thermal Spa and Coffee Plant Tour

Experience an amazing tour in San Salvador that combines nature and culture. Get picked up from your accommodation in San Salvador and set off on your adventure. First, visit a coffee manufacturing plant and learn everything you need to learn about the coffee-making process in El Salvador. Then, visit the typical village of Ataco to see the vibrantly painted murals, shop for handicrafts in the local shops, and much more. Enjoy some free time to stop for lunch in the village at one of the many local restaurants (the cost of lunch is not included). After a good lunch, appreciate a nice relaxing swim surrounded by incredible natural scenery in the thermal waters of Alicante. Relax and recharge your body with energy in time for your return journey to San Salvador.

Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

4. Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

During this El Salvador Combo Day Tour  you will visit the main highlights of El Salvador including Cerro Verde National Park at the Lake and Volcano Complex, Coatepeque Lake as well as the artisan towns of Nahuizalco and Ataco at the famous Flower´s Route. First, visit the volcanoes and lakes of El Salvador. Cataloged as the “2nd 8th Wonder of the World for 2013″: the “Lake and Volcano Complex” in El Salvador is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country as its bring together one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and a group of the most amazing volcanoes of El Salvador: The Izalco Volcano, The Santa Ana Volcano and Cerro Verde Volcano. Visit the Natural Protected Area of Cerro Verde and take a refreshing sigthseeing tour through the eco trails of the park (45 minutes approximately). Cerro Verde is an inactive volcano located at an altitude of 2035 meters and length of 500 hectares of nature, it has a cloud forest in and around the crater with a temperature of between 12 and 18 degrees centigrade. From here you will enjoy panoramic views of Izalco Volcano better know as the “Lighthouse of the Pacific” because the boats were oriented with the red glow of the lava to reach the Acajutla port, the Santa Ana Volcano or “Ilamatepec Volcano” being the biggest volcano of the area, and the beauty of the nature in the surroundings of this National Park. It is a place where you will be surrounded by the wilderness or “dwarf forest”, where you can find pasture and some low-lying bushes, giant agaves, among others. The landscape is unique in Mesoamerica and it definitely worth the visit. Next, panoramic view to the volcanic lake “Coatepeque”, cataloged amongst the most beautiful of the world. During the afternoon, visit The Flower's Route, of the most popular tourist destinations and named for its abundance of flowers on the picturesque road, colorful villages, coffee, natural beauty, crafts, cuisine, festivals, mild weather.  Discover the colonial style towns with beautiful mountainous vegetation: Nahuizalco where you can enjoy a guided tour by the community and Ataco, one of the greatest coffee making towns. Observe the elaboration of handicrafts of the zone and make shopping in the local stores.  At Nahuizalco you will take a guided walk through the local community in order to visit the city and the lifestyle of town as a true local. Ataco is famous for its beautiful and colorful walls.  Without a doubt a great tour! What are you waiting for?

San Andrés y Providencia: Walking Under the Sea Experience

5. San Andrés y Providencia: Walking Under the Sea Experience

Prepare for an experience of a lifetime! If you are up for a challenge and the best time of your life under the sea, this is the activity you have been looking for. Take an underwater walk with through innovative and safe helmets which allow you to breathe naturally for 25 minutes on the sea floor. This unique experience is sure to take you closer to another kind of heaven. Whilst underwater, you will be able to watch all kinds of fish, including sting rays and barracudas, six meters deep in the sea. During this tour you will always be accompanied by an instructor who will guide you and also take pictures of the best moments of your activity.

El Salvador: Cerro Verde National Park and Izalco Tour

6. El Salvador: Cerro Verde National Park and Izalco Tour

Explore the very best that San Salvador has to offer on this guided trip. Visit the Cerro Verde National Park, see the Santa Ana Volcano, and explore Izalco and its volcano. Learn all about the country’s history, culture, and people. Travel 90 minutes away from the capital to reach the Cerro Verde National Park. Once there, get out to walk around the rim of an extinct volcano, now full of vegetation. Take in the scenery of the nearby Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes and the Lake Coatepeque. On return, visit the town of Izalco to walk on the main street and see the daily life of locals. Get the opportunity to try local street food if you’d like before getting taken back to your hotel or accommodation. 

San Andrés y Providencia: Private Island Highlights Tour

7. San Andrés y Providencia: Private Island Highlights Tour

At the pre-determined starting time, your tour representative will pick you up from your hotel to take you on a tour around San Andres island. You will start the tour with you first stop of around 20 minutes at la Cueva de Morgan (Morgan’s Cave), where the pirate Henry Morgan used to hide stolen treasure from the Spanish galleons. Following this, you will continue your tour going to the sea natural pool placed in west view, there you can take a bath for about 15 minutes in the charming Sea of Seven Colors. Next, you will visit the Hoyo Soplador, a wonderful natural phenomenon consisting of a small geyser where sea water spouts into the air (up to 20 meters at times) through a natural hole in the coral. This phenomenon occurs only at certain times, when the winds and tide are right, but it's worth hanging around to see. At the end you will visit the South Bay beach San Luis, a beautiful area full of history and culture.

Ilamatepec (Santa Ana Volcano): Full-Day Hiking Tour

8. Ilamatepec (Santa Ana Volcano): Full-Day Hiking Tour

Look forward to some of the most incredible views of your life on this full day hike to the crater of the Ilamatepec Volcano. Also known as the Santa Ana Volcano, the Ilamatepec Volcano is the tallest and largest of the volcanoes in this region. With a height of 2365 meters (7000 feet) above sea level, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the breathtaking landscape along the climb to the crater. Due to the high altitudes, be prepared for the probability of clouds and strong winds at the summit. Once you've made it to the top, you'll be able to see the crater itself and its stunning emerald green lagoon inside. From this point you'll also be able to see breathtaking vistas of the Coatepeque Lake, Izalco Volcano, Cerro Verde and in the distance, the Pacific Ocean.

From San Salvador: Archeological Route Full-Day Tour

9. From San Salvador: Archeological Route Full-Day Tour

Get to know the world of the Mayas who once lived in El Salvador on a full-day archeological tour from San Salvador. Visit the archaeological site of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Pompeii of America. This site is unique in the world as it is the only archeological site where you can see the actual former dwelling places of the Mayas. Then visit the ruins of San Andrés, a political-ceremonial site where you can see the indigo pools in the area. This quick tour will take you back in time as you learn how the Mayas lived years ago. Later explore the city of Santa Ana with its Gothic cathedral, theater, and National Palace.  After Santa Ana see the ruins of Tazumal, a sophisticated Maya settlement. The ruins of Tazumal are considered the most important and best preserved in El Salvador. Virtually untouched since the year 1200 when it was abandoned, this archeological site provides an amazing look into the Maya ceremonial architecture.

From San Salvador: Pablo Tesak Museum Tour and Cihuatán

10. From San Salvador: Pablo Tesak Museum Tour and Cihuatán

Start the tour with a convenient pickup from your hotel in San Salvador and set off to Centro Cultural Pablo Tesak, the largest private museum in the country. Created for the education of young generations, it is home to an extensive private collection filled with beautiful and original pieces from all over El Salvador.   Next, continue to Cihuatán, a major pre-Columbian archaeological site that used to be home to a large city in the extreme south of the Mesoamerican cultural area. The town had a defense wall and, according to experts, it suffered a war in its final days.   Visit Cihuatán Archaeological Site, one of the most important archaeological treasures of El Salvador where recent excavations show the well-designed acropolis with a palace, pyramids, and a ball field. See the grounds and museum before returning to San Salvador.

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What people are saying about El Salvador

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based on 47 reviews

The Mayan Heritage tour is spectacular and I encourage everybody to experience the southern most Mayan civilization in El Salvador!

Awesome experience!!! the entire excursion from the time of arrival and departure!!