San Salvador Nature & adventure

Our most recommended San Salvador Nature & adventure

Combo Day Tour: Volcanoes and Mayan Sites

1. Combo Day Tour: Volcanoes and Mayan Sites

During this El Salvador Combo Day Tour you will visit the main highlights of El Salvador: The Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites of the country. 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, continúe to the Mayan Suites área of El Salvador. On the way you will have an amazing panoramic view of the volcanic lake “Coatepeque”, cataloged amongst the most beautiful of the world. During the afternoon, discover this fascinating civilization through the visit of the “Joya de Cerén”: the famous archaeological site known as “The Pompeii of the Americas” and declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1993 for its valuable contribution to daily life of the ancestors of the Mayan World. Then continue the tour and visit the ruins of “San Andrés”, a very important ceremonial and political center that has several structures used by the governors of that civilization. In this important sire there are remains of an Indigo Mill that was buried by the eruption of El Playon in 1658. Definitly a whole differente experience! What are you waiting for?

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.

Frequently asked questions about San Salvador

What top attractions are a must-see in San Salvador?

The must-see attractions in San Salvador are:

What are the best outdoor activities to do in San Salvador?

Other Sightseeing Options in San Salvador

Want to discover all there is to do in San Salvador? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about San Salvador

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Informative, professional, friendly

First station volcano, walk together, could also be designed individually. Second station volcano lake (view) with food. San Andreas (hot museum) Joyen der Ceren (insight into parts of the museum that are temporarily closed for visitors) Comprehensively informed tour guide who also speaks perfect English. A successful day, the trip on the Panamericana and seeing the transport habits make the trip worthwhile.

The guide, Benjamin, was excellent! He knows a lot about the places we went to. However, I didn’t like that I was in the car for an hour and a half because we had to go back three times to a meeting point to pick up someone but didn’t show up. The company MUST make a rule that the driver can wait for 5 minutes and leave. Learn to respect the time of those who were picked up first/early.

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