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How to Spend 3 Days in San Salvador

How to Spend 3 Days in San Salvador

The long-suffering capital of El Salvador offers both a vibrant introduction to local culture and a gateway to some of the country’s most scenic regions, so don’t spend all your time in the city. Take in the highlights on a multi-day tour or if you’re going it alone, here are some ideas to make the most of three days in San Salvador.

Day 1: San Salvador and El Boquerón

Make an early start and take a walking tour of downtown San Salvador, admiring top attractions like the landmark National Theater and the dazzling El Rosario Church, then explore the impressive Mayan ruins of the Joya de Cerén archeological site. In the afternoon, head to the El Boquerón National Park, just outside of the city, where you can climb the San Salvador volcano for a view over the capital and hike down into the 1,600-foot deep caldera.

Day 2: Suchitoto or La Libertad

There are numerous opportunities for day trips from San Salvador, but our top pick is the charming colonial town of Suchitoto, less than an hour north of the city. Set on the banks of Lake Suchitlán, Suchitoto is a hotspot for hiking and bird watching, but the town itself is also worth a visit, with its impressive colonial architecture and many arts and handicrafts shops. Alternatively, head to the Pacific coast resort of La v, where keen surfers can tackle the world-famous Punta Roca break and sunseekers can enjoy miles of sandy coastline.

Day 3: Cerro Verde National Park

Set aside a whole day to take in the Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador’s most striking natural landscapes and home to the Izalco, Cerro Verde and Santa Ana volcanoes. Scale the 2,381-meter summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador’s highest and most active volcano, take a bird-watching tour of the Cerro Verde cloud forest, then cool off with a dip in the nearby Coatepeque crater lake.

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Tour El Imposible National Park Day Trip from San Salvador

Tour El Imposible National Park Day Trip from San Salvador

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Discover the unearthly landscapes and natural splendor of El Imposible National Park on a full-day private tour from San Salvador. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the verdant wonders of this Eden-like expanse in search of exotic birds and dramatic gorges. Discover why the park is steeped in local legend and ancient mystery as you follow dense, forested trails and wade in the refreshing waters of rivers. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, the itinerary and commentary of which can be tailored according to your interesting.
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  • 10 hours
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour + Coatepeque Lake Sightseeing

Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour + Coatepeque Lake Sightseeing

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Scale the 7,822-foot (2,384-meter) summit of the Santa Ana volcano, El Salvador’s highest peak, on this moderate full-day hike, including round-trip transport from San Salvador. Tackle the mighty mountain with or without a guide, stopping along the way to soak up the scenery of the Cerro Verde National Park and tuck into a picnic lunch (included) overlooking the glittering Lake Coatepeque. Hike for a total of around 4 hours on marked trails, including some steep and challenging sections.
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  • 9 hours
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$74.36
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San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & El Boqueron National Park

San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & El Boqueron National Park

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Maximize your layover in San Salvador by enjoying an exhilarating half-day tour of the majestic volcano termed by locals as El Boquerón, or Big Mouth. Depart from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport with a VIP fast-track customs clearance and head into the historical heart of San Salvador to see significant sights like Salvador del Mundo Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. This tour can be done as a privately guided tour or unguided and includes the convenience of round-trip transportation from the airport.
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  • 4 hours
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$76.94
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Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén

Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén

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Relive the glory of the mighty Mayan empire with this half- or full-day tour of the most notable Mayan ruins in El Salvador. Explore the fascinating pre-Columbian villages of San Andrés and UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén. After a typical Salvadoran lunch (own expense), admire the colonial landmarks of Santa Ana and stand in awe before El Salvador’s largest pyramid at the Tazumal archeological site in Chalchuapa.
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  • 9 hours
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$61.54
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San Salvador Layover Tour | Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén

San Salvador Layover Tour | Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén

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Don’t waste time at the airport in between flights – make the most of your layover in San Salvador with this private 4- to 6-hour tour of El Salvador’s Mayan archaeological sites. Follow part of the famous Mayan Route to two equally fascinating sites, Joya de Cerén and San Andrés, and learn how the two settlements were preserved beneath layers of volcanic ash. Discover why UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén is nicknamed the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’ and use your imagination to bring the pre-Columbian farming village back to life. This tour includes pick-up and drop-off at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador.
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  • 6 hours
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$74.88
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$74.88
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