Guided tour

San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

Activity provider: Salvadorean Tours

San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

Activity provider: Salvadorean Tours

From US$ 55 per person

Explore the colonial streets and national monuments of San Salvador City on a 4-hour tour. Travel the main avenues and discover residential streets that tell the story of El Salvador at sites such as the National Palace, craft markets and more.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the streets of San Salvador, the 1st Central American capital built by the Spanish
  • Marvel at the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral and National Palace in Historic Downtown
  • Go to a local handicraft market and the municipal market of Antiguo Cuscatlan
  • Discover the extraordinary church of El Rosario
  • Learn the story of El Salvador at national monuments and residential areas
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Explore the history of El Salvador and its capital on a half-day orientation tour of San Salvador's city center. Take in key attractions, including plazas, the historic downtown, churches, and markets to get a glimpse of local life. Discover local handicrafts, statues, architecture, and more. Following hotel pickup, drive down the main avenues and explore residential areas, stopping at sites such as Plaza El Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Square) with its giant statue of Christ and Plaza Masferrer. Continue into Historic Downtown to see the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral on Plaza Barrios.

Take in the National Palace, built at the end of the 19th century. Then, continue to the French Renaissance-style National Theater, declared a national monument in 1979. Travel along streets that once formed part of the first capital city in Central America to be set up by the Spanish colonizers.

After a look at the extraordinary church of El Rosario, go to one of San Salvador´s handicraft markets and visit the Antiguo Cuscatlan Municipal Market to experience everyday life in the capital. Finally, return to your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entry fees
  • Transfers not listed in the program
  • Gratuities

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  • Pick-up at the airport is available for a charge of USD 29 that is payable directly to the supplier on the day of your tour.
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The guide picked me up and then we left. First I saw the city from the outside and then we drove to the old town. There was a festival in town which was lucky for me. I saw local dances, heard local music and more. The guide was welcoming and informative.

December 5, 2019

The tour was fantastic! Roberto was friendly and knowledgable. He truly has a passion for his country and it came across in the way he shared about the sites, the history, and the people. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to understand some of the history of San Salvador!

September 11, 2019

A friendly, knowledgeable guide who provided a great service.

This was a half-day private tour of the city. Irving was great. He picked me up at the hotel promptly. I felt at ease with him right away. We saw the "must-see" sites in San Salvador and he had a lot to say about each. We had interesting and fun conversations between site visits. Some of it related to the tour, some of it was just about life. It was all good. We skipped a few things, like a shopping area, partly because I wasn't really interested, and partly because I wasn't feeling very well. I was having a typical case of traveler's upset. I was well enough to go on the tour but I was glad that I booked it as a private tour so that when I was getting tired, we cut it a little short. In other words, I paid a premium for a private tour and it was worth every penny, both because of the quality of our interactions and the flexibility that I needed that day.

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February 3, 2018

Product ID: 48116