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San Salvador: Guided Tour of Volcanoes, Lakes, & Mayan Sites

1. San Salvador: Guided Tour of Volcanoes, Lakes, & 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?

Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

2. 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 Salvador: Historical Center walking tour

3. San Salvador: Historical Center walking tour

Visit the most emblematic buildings such as the metropolitan cathedral, El Rosario church, the national palace and theater. (Some of them subject to availability). Learn about the culture and history visiting the main plazas on this very interesting experience.

El Salvador: Ilamatepec volcano (Santa Ana)

4. El Salvador: Ilamatepec volcano (Santa Ana)

We pick up at the indicated hotel and we do hiking to the top Santa Ana or Ilamatepec volcano; the Ascent route will take you 1 hour 30 minutes approximately, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes, shoes or boots. We hike, we,ll observe the landscape, Izalco volcano and Coatepeque lake in the background, we enjoy the sulfur lagoon at the bottom of the volcano crater, an ice cream on top of the volcano and we return to the starting point. Don´t forget enough water your cap or hut, snacks. We travel in small group usually

Ruta de las Flores & Café Albania

5. Ruta de las Flores & Café Albania

Your adventure starts bright and early as your guide arrives at your hotel to pick you up. The day is full of promise as you set out for a journey along a picturesque route, with Ataco, a charming town known for its vibrant culture and beautiful surroundings, as your first destination. Upon arriving in Ataco, the morning air is still fresh, and it's the perfect time to enjoy a hearty breakfast, setting the tone for the day ahead. With energy levels replenished, you venture to La Cruz viewpoint, a spot where breathtaking vistas await, offering panoramic views that captivate and inspire. Next, immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, exploring the town's quaint craft stores. Each store is a treasure trove of handcrafted goods, telling stories of tradition and artistry. The exploration continues as you delve into the vibrant world of murals scattered throughout the town. Your guide offers insights into the meanings behind each mural, enriching your understanding of the local culture. The adventure takes a colorful turn at the Albania rainbow slide, where various activities offer fun and excitement. Whether sliding down vibrant colors or enjoying the other attractions, it's a moment of joy and laughter. Around midday, the option for lunch at an Albania restaurant presents itself, inviting you to taste local flavors and dishes in a cozy setting. Afterward, head to Apaneca's downtown, where the essence of the area's culture and history is palpable. Your exploration extends to Salcoatitán town, where you can try traditional dishes like boiled or fried yucca, a staple food that's both simple and delicious. The day's journey through culture, history, and natural beauty continues with a visit to Juayúa town, each destination revealing a new layer of the region's rich tapestry. As the afternoon progresses, the time comes to return to your hotel, marking the end of a day filled with discovery and enchantment.

San Salvador: Private custom tour with a local guide

6. San Salvador: Private custom tour with a local guide

San Salvador can sometimes feel inaccessible to foreign visitors. Take the mystery out of your visit by exploring with a local on a private, customized tour. Your guide contacts you beforehand to get a feel for your interests and tastes to ensure that you only visit the places you are interested in. As you explore the city, your guide shares insights into local life forming a clearer picture of San Salvador's culture. - Private tour for just you and your group - Your guide customizes your tour to your interests and personality - Get a deeper insight into San Salvador life than possible alone - See San Salvador through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems Choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8-hour tour options.

Flowers Route Tour-Colonial Towns & Handicraft.

7. Flowers Route Tour-Colonial Towns & Handicraft.

Explore the beauty of the San Salvador area on a full-day tour of the famous flower route and get to know the towns, villages, and municipalities along the way. After setting out, arrive in Nahuizalco, one of the most traditional towns in the area. The people here are famous for handicrafts and furniture made from tulle and willow. Learn about the famous market at dusk, lit only by candles. Head up the mountain to Salcoatitán, located at a little over 3,412 feet (1,040 meters). This was the place where the first coffee plantations in the country were planted in the 1860s. The area is also recognized by the number of craft shops. Next visit Juayúa, the charming city that's famous for its permanent food festival; Feria Gastronomica. Check out Apaneca, a town of tile-roofed houses and beautiful views across the mountains. Then visit the little town of Ataco, located 5 miles (8 kilometers) away. These 2 areas are known for their coffee cultivation. Enjoy!

The Maya Route : Joya de Ceren, Tazumal, San Andres, Coatepe

8. The Maya Route : Joya de Ceren, Tazumal, San Andres, Coatepe

Embark on a captivating full-day tour of El Salvador's most significant Mayan sites, led by an expert local guide. Begin at Joya de Ceren, a UNESCO World Heritage site, This is is only Maya village in the whole region, it was preserved by layers of ash, and that is why called the ppompeii of America, followed by the intriguing ruins of San Andrés. Then, marvel at the grandeur of Tazumal, home to the country's largest pyramid. Enjoy a scenic drive through Chalchuapa town before a lunch stop with stunning views of Coatepeque Lake (lunch not included). Return to your hotel by approximately 4 pm, enriched by a day of exploration into El Salvador's ancient Mayan history.

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San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

10. San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

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.

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San Salvador: Guided Tour of Volcanoes, Lakes, & Mayan Sites

San Salvador: Guided Tour of Volcanoes, Lakes, & 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?

Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

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 Salvador: Historical Center walking tour

San Salvador: Historical Center walking tour

Visit the most emblematic buildings such as the metropolitan cathedral, El Rosario church, the national palace and theater. (Some of them subject to availability). Learn about the culture and history visiting the main plazas on this very interesting experience.

El Salvador: Ilamatepec volcano (Santa Ana)

El Salvador: Ilamatepec volcano (Santa Ana)

We pick up at the indicated hotel and we do hiking to the top Santa Ana or Ilamatepec volcano; the Ascent route will take you 1 hour 30 minutes approximately, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes, shoes or boots. We hike, we,ll observe the landscape, Izalco volcano and Coatepeque lake in the background, we enjoy the sulfur lagoon at the bottom of the volcano crater, an ice cream on top of the volcano and we return to the starting point. Don´t forget enough water your cap or hut, snacks. We travel in small group usually

Ruta de las Flores & Café Albania

Ruta de las Flores & Café Albania

Your adventure starts bright and early as your guide arrives at your hotel to pick you up. The day is full of promise as you set out for a journey along a picturesque route, with Ataco, a charming town known for its vibrant culture and beautiful surroundings, as your first destination. Upon arriving in Ataco, the morning air is still fresh, and it's the perfect time to enjoy a hearty breakfast, setting the tone for the day ahead. With energy levels replenished, you venture to La Cruz viewpoint, a spot where breathtaking vistas await, offering panoramic views that captivate and inspire. Next, immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, exploring the town's quaint craft stores. Each store is a treasure trove of handcrafted goods, telling stories of tradition and artistry. The exploration continues as you delve into the vibrant world of murals scattered throughout the town. Your guide offers insights into the meanings behind each mural, enriching your understanding of the local culture. The adventure takes a colorful turn at the Albania rainbow slide, where various activities offer fun and excitement. Whether sliding down vibrant colors or enjoying the other attractions, it's a moment of joy and laughter. Around midday, the option for lunch at an Albania restaurant presents itself, inviting you to taste local flavors and dishes in a cozy setting. Afterward, head to Apaneca's downtown, where the essence of the area's culture and history is palpable. Your exploration extends to Salcoatitán town, where you can try traditional dishes like boiled or fried yucca, a staple food that's both simple and delicious. The day's journey through culture, history, and natural beauty continues with a visit to Juayúa town, each destination revealing a new layer of the region's rich tapestry. As the afternoon progresses, the time comes to return to your hotel, marking the end of a day filled with discovery and enchantment.

San Salvador: Private custom tour with a local guide

San Salvador: Private custom tour with a local guide

San Salvador can sometimes feel inaccessible to foreign visitors. Take the mystery out of your visit by exploring with a local on a private, customized tour. Your guide contacts you beforehand to get a feel for your interests and tastes to ensure that you only visit the places you are interested in. As you explore the city, your guide shares insights into local life forming a clearer picture of San Salvador's culture. - Private tour for just you and your group - Your guide customizes your tour to your interests and personality - Get a deeper insight into San Salvador life than possible alone - See San Salvador through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems Choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8-hour tour options.

Flowers Route Tour-Colonial Towns & Handicraft.

Flowers Route Tour-Colonial Towns & Handicraft.

Explore the beauty of the San Salvador area on a full-day tour of the famous flower route and get to know the towns, villages, and municipalities along the way. After setting out, arrive in Nahuizalco, one of the most traditional towns in the area. The people here are famous for handicrafts and furniture made from tulle and willow. Learn about the famous market at dusk, lit only by candles. Head up the mountain to Salcoatitán, located at a little over 3,412 feet (1,040 meters). This was the place where the first coffee plantations in the country were planted in the 1860s. The area is also recognized by the number of craft shops. Next visit Juayúa, the charming city that's famous for its permanent food festival; Feria Gastronomica. Check out Apaneca, a town of tile-roofed houses and beautiful views across the mountains. Then visit the little town of Ataco, located 5 miles (8 kilometers) away. These 2 areas are known for their coffee cultivation. Enjoy!

The Maya Route : Joya de Ceren, Tazumal, San Andres, Coatepe

The Maya Route : Joya de Ceren, Tazumal, San Andres, Coatepe

Embark on a captivating full-day tour of El Salvador's most significant Mayan sites, led by an expert local guide. Begin at Joya de Ceren, a UNESCO World Heritage site, This is is only Maya village in the whole region, it was preserved by layers of ash, and that is why called the ppompeii of America, followed by the intriguing ruins of San Andrés. Then, marvel at the grandeur of Tazumal, home to the country's largest pyramid. Enjoy a scenic drive through Chalchuapa town before a lunch stop with stunning views of Coatepeque Lake (lunch not included). Return to your hotel by approximately 4 pm, enriched by a day of exploration into El Salvador's ancient Mayan history.

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San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

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.

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We had an amazing tour to an amazingly beautiful craterlake with the most amazing tourguides, Nef and Giovanni! First a stop to the viewpoint from where we could see lake Coatepeque, then we went for the hike to the top of the Santa Ana volcano, and we ended the tour with a nice lunch with a view. Recommended!

It was great! I enjoyed every moment. The tour guide Raul and the bus driver were very nice and helpful. The places we visited were awesome.

brilliant guide, comfy air conditioned car. tour was informative and interesting, great lunch spot overlooking the lake, nothing to fault.

It was super fantastic. Better than what I was expecting. Our guider Alfredo he is fantastic.

100% I recommend you! We had Ramiro, and he was very friendly and informed us about everyone.