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Activities: Volcanoes, Archeology, Kayaking, National Parks, Colonial Villages, Waterfalls, ATV Buggies
Recommended departures: Tuesday to Sunday
Difficulty: Moderate – Easy
Places to visit: Joya de Ceren, Suchitoto, San Salvador, Santa Ana Volcano, El Imposible National Park, El Pital (Highest Point of El Salvador), La Barra de Santiago (Mangrove), Las Flores Route, Cinquera Forest El Tunco Beach
Description: If you want to make the most of your visit to El Salvador this itinerary tries to get the essence of El Salvador in 7 days, all this so that you can enjoy our culture with populations of indigenous origin, nature in our tropical forests or misty forests , archaeological sites among these Jewel of Ceren World Heritage Site by UNESCO, mixed with adventure and relaxation. This tour is designed for all ages.


Price includes:

– Comfortable transportation in sedan vehicle. Days 3 and 4 4WD vehicle.

– 6 nights accommodation from day 1 to day 6

– Breakfast from day 2 to day 7

– Boat tour on day 4.

– Kayak tour on day 3

– Professional tour guide and transportation available to you at all times during your stay in El Salvador with us.

It does not include Lunches, Dinners, or anything not mentioned in the description of our itinerary.

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• Day 1 – Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site, San Salvador Volcano, City Tour San Salvador

Pick up at the International Airport, in the morning. We will begin our tour by visiting the Joya de Cerén, known as the Pompeii of America. The only place in the entire Mayan world where we can understand the way of life of the ordinary inhabitants of this civilization. We will observe a village that was buried by the eruption of a volcano 1400 years ago leaving it practically intact, providing abundant information about its nutrition, lifestyle, architecture, beliefs, etc. The only UNESCO site in El Salvador. Later we will visit the San Salvador volcano, in the El Boquerón national park. This volcano demonstrated its power and strength with an eruption in 1917. We will visit the top and walk on the shore of the volcanic crater observing the natural beauty of this sleeping giant, The trek to the top this volcano is easy and short. From this point the weather is cool and we will have a spectacular view of the city of San Salvador. We will continue to explore the city, we will visit some of the most important and representative monuments in the history of our country, we will tour the modern part of San Salvador to finally reach the Historic Center of San Salvador. Here we will leave the vehicle aside and explore the daily life of Salvadorans, we will understand the culture, history and sometimes the marked contrasts of the city. We will explore the Plaza Libertad, Plaza Gerardo Barrios, and Plaza Morazán, we will visit the emblematic buildings among them The church El Rosario, considered with a unique architecture at the level of the continent.

Accommodation in San Salvador: Hotel Sal & Luz o similar.

Day 2 – Cihuatan Archaeological Site + Cinquera Forest + Los Tercios Waterfall

We will leave San Salvador and head towards the Cihuatán Archaeological Site, which means the place next to the woman, Cihuatán has been designated as the largest archaeological site in El Salvador, with an estimated extension of about three square kilometers. Cihuatán was occupied only for a short time, between 900 AD and 1100 AD, and abandoned during the phase called Guazapa. The strong Toltec similarities of the material culture of Cihuatán, as well as the absence of local antecedents for the new features, indicate a Mexican origin and / or the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. We will take a tour of the great Plaza de Cihuatán observing the structures and the pyramid that have been restored. We will continue until we reach Suchitoto, here we will have lunch and we will go in the afternoon to the town of Cinquera, a city that was devastated by the civil war. Within cinquera there is a forest that was about to disappear due to the exploitation carried out by the villagers, but when the civil war broke out, the place became the scene of cruel battles for which the villagers left the town and the forest had the opportunity to regenerate itself, being repopulated by animals that were considered extinct in the place. The people who protect the forest are people who participated in the armed conflict. We will take a tour of the forest paths between rivers and waterfalls observing the guerrilla camps that existed during the civil war. On our return to Suchitoto we will visit Los Tercios waterfall, with a rock formation of basaltic columns unique in the region, an unmissable place.

Accommodation in Suchitoto: Hotel Los Almendros de San Lorenzo o Similar

• Day  3 – Kayaking en Lago Suchitlan + El Pital

Suchitoto is located next to Lake Suchitlán. We will leave at 5.30 am from our hotel in Suchitoto to go to Lake Suchitlán. We will do kayaking accompanied by a local guide, who will take us through the canals of the lake. This lake is known for being a Ramsar site, where birds usually rest during their migrations. So it will be a relaxing experience. This lake is the largest body of water in El Salvador, but it is the result of a reservoir of a hydroelectric dam. We will finish our tour around 8.30 am returning to the hotel around 9.00 am. They can have breakfast change clothes to continue our adventure. We will go to the highest point in the country, a mountain known as El Pital. Located in the department of Chalatenango, with 8959 feet above sea level, the pital is the highest point in El Salvador, this is a transnational mountain, located exactly on the border between El Salvador and Honduras. The highest part of this hill is called Horqueta and is a mountainous peak with impressive steep slopes, with views that will leave you breathless. On our return we will visit the pub of La Palma, a town that survived the war through art, and the women livelihoods through the creation of crafts. All this started Fernado Llort, one of the most important artists in the country.

Accommodation in Suchitoto: Hotel Los Almendros de San Lorenzo o Similar.

• Day – 4 El Imposible National Park + La Barra de Santiago (mangrove forest)

We will leave the beautiful colonial city of Suchitoto and head west of the country, towards the El Imposible National Park  We will visit the largest national park in El Salvador, If you love nature and eco-adventure El Imposible National Park is your best option. El Salvador’s largest national park is a nature reserve made up of dry tropical forest, constantly threatened by predators. Source of life and water for humans and species inhabiting the area, 3800 hectares of forest, is the last and most important refuge, in this national park inhabit more than 500 species of plants, 100 species of mammals, 53 amphibians and reptiles, 285 species of birds and over 5000 species of butterflies. El Imposible National Park offers you simple interpretive walks that show you step by step the biodiversity and natural resources that the forest possesses within that eco system in a quiet and without so much effort. Some of the important points inside the park, you cannot miss. Is first view point El Mulo, from here you can have an impressive panorama of the national park. You will only see 35% of the forest, but the view will take your breath away. Later after the visit to the forest we will visit we will go down to sea level in our vehicle to visit La Barra de Santiago, an impressive mangrove area Mangrove forests are one of the most threatened forest worldwide. They are the place and home of hundreds of different species including birds, mollusks, fish, reptiles and mammals. El Salvador has one of the largest mangrove forest extensions in Central America. We will sail on the channels of La Barra de Santiago. A mangrove area that feeds on fresh water from the El Imposible national park. This is the ideal place to live incredible experiences in contact with nature and at the same time help local communities. “La Barra de Santiago”, where its almost 2000 hectares of seven mangrove species, are the perfect place to find wildlife and where many native and migratory birds nest. One of the attractions of this mangrove tour is the sighting of crocodiles in their natural habitat. You can observe them safely from inside the boat. Essential predators for ecosystem balance. We will know an impressive bird sanctuary, we will witness the variety of species that inhabit this ecosystem. Here you can see some migratory birds such as the pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), the blue heron (Florida caerulea), the white heron (Egretta alba), and the kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). After our visit to La Barra de Santiago, we will return to our hotel in Concepcion de Ataco.

Accommodation in Concepcion de Ataco: Hotel Casa Degraciela o Similar.

• Day 5 – Ruta de Las Flores + Buggy tour + Aguas termales

We will visit 5 of the most picturesque colonial towns in El Salvador, all determined on a volcanic mountain range. Nahuizálco a colonial town of indigenous origin, which preserves among its inhabitants some of the bearers of our original language, we will visit a museum that residents have created to show their history, as well as an open market, where you can find various seasonal fruits, the Most of the sellers are indigenous women. Later we visited Juayua, a colorful town that was home to coffee producing families, gastronomic festivals were held every weekend. Apaneca is the highest city in El Salvador, known for producing the best quality coffee in El Salvador. Aqui en Apaneca tendremos la tendremos un tour en Buggie. Nos dirigiremos sobre las montañas en un terreno dificil, con vistas impresionantes de la cordillera y del territorio salvadoreño, hasta llegar a la Laguna Verde, este lugar es una caldera ubicada sobre el cráter de un volcán extinto. Este es un recorrido total de una hora y media. We will continue with Concepción de Ataco, a colorful colonial town covered by cobbled streets, handicraft sales. Finishing with a relaxing visit to the thermal hotel facilities of Santa Teresa. El Salvador has one of the largest hot spring areas in Central America and in this hotel you can relax in those waters.

Accommodation in Concepcion de Ataco: Hotel Casa Degraciela o Similar.

• Day 6 – Cerro Verde National PArk + Hike to Santa Ana Volcano + Coatepeque Lake.

Santa Ana volcano tour hike is one of the most spectacular things you can do in El Salvador. This the highest volcano in El Salvador with a height of 7811 feet above sea level. Early in the morning we will leave from Concepcion de Ataco towards the Cerro Verde National Park. Located inside a volcano complex, the Cerro Verde National Park gives us the privilege of enjoying a misty forest located on its extinct crater. Before starting our Santa Ana volcano hiking tour, we will hike in the thick nebulous forest. Cerro Verde National Park is undoubtedly an important home for many species of birds, insects and mammals. We will take a tour inside the misty forest located on the top of Cerro Verde, if the weather allows it, you will enjor with beautiful views of the volcanoes. Once the internal tour in Cerro Verde is finished, we will begin our trek to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano. The Santa Ana Volcano, also known as the Ilamatepec Volcano, is the least difficult to climb, although a fit condition will help you to have a easier ascension. The Santa Ana volcano hiking tour takes approximately 4 hours. 2 hours to climb and 2 hours to descend. Once you have reached the summit of Santa Ana volcano, you will be amazed by the beautiful turquoise lagoon that rests at the bottom of the crater. From the crater the landscapes are simply indescribable. You can observe the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, the volcano of Izalco, the tranquility of Lake Coatepeque. This is where you realize that your effort is well rewarded. The challenge of Santa Ana volcano hiking tour has been overcome! It’s the moment to come back to the foot of the volcano. After finishing our Santa Ana volcano hiking tour, it is time to start a new adventure. We will visit the most beautiful lake in El Salvador, the Lake of Coatepeque. Renowned for changing color in a whimsical way to a beautiful turquoise color, at least twice a year. From here you can enjoy a delicious lunch with a privileged panoramic view. Coatepeque means: Snake Hill. Here you will discover the legend of the lake that the locals kept living. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit, and you can enjoy the waters of the lake.

Accommodation in El Tunco Beach: Hotel Roca Sunzal o Similar.

• Day 7 Free morning at Playa El Tunco + Transfer to the airport.

Free morning in El Tunco Beach, El Salvador at the specified time Transfer to the international airport. End of our services.
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INCLUSIONS • San Salvador city hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by comfortable vehicle • Professional guide • water bottle • All Entrances fees.

EXCLUSIONS •Gratuities (optional)• Lunch /Food • Drinks
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