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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Suchitoto Trip from San Salvador

Suchitoto Trip from San Salvador

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Explore the buzzing cultural center of El Salvador on this full-day tour of Suchitoto from San Salvador, including hotel pick-up. Admire the cobbled lanes and colonial buildings on a guided tour of the historic center; visit the landmark Santa Lucia Church, and browse the markets and handicrafts shops. After lunch (own expense), enjoy free time to sightsee independently, cruise around Lake Suchitlán or visit the nearby Los Tercios Waterfall.
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  • 5 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Flowers Route Tour of El Salvador + Coffee Farm visit

Flowers Route Tour of El Salvador + Coffee Farm visit

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Wind your way through the Cordillera Apaneca mountains as you follow El Salvador’s famous Flowers Route (Ruta de las Flores) on this full-day tour from San Salvador. Pass an endless panorama of wildflower filled valleys, coffee plantations and rolling hills as you journey along the 22-mile (36-km) trail and enjoy an itinerary tailored to your individual interests. Perhaps stop at the villages of Nahuizalco and Apaneca to peek into the artisan workshops; visit the Coffee Museum in Juayúa; or sample local specialties (own expense) like paella in the colonial town of Juayúa.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00
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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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$69.00
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From
$69.00
Price varies by group size