Authentic El Salvador

Destinations San Salvador, El Imposible National Park, Flower Route, Santa Ana, Tazumal, Suchitoto, Perquín, La Union,
Category Adventure
Duration 11 days / 10 nights
Location El Salvador

1st Day – Airport - San Salvador
1st Day – Airport - San Salvador

Transfer from the airport to San Salvador, capital of El Salvador. Overnight in San Salvador.

2nd Day – San Salvador – National Park “Imposible”
2nd Day – San Salvador – National Park “Imposible”

Breakfast. At 10 am you will reach the largest protected natural area of existing biodiversity in El Salvador, National Park “Imposible” and a shelter for globally endangered species. This will be followed by an unforgettable walk in the mountains of Apaneca-Ilamatepec. Your guide will lead you through lush vegetation of this spectacular paradise as you walk among its 13,000 acres of forests to reach vantage points from which to better appreciate the rich mountains and forests landscapes below. You take a tour to the heart of the primary forest, where you will assess the broad diversity of mammals and birds, truly an unforgettable day to enjoy nature up close and personal. During the walk, you visit Ruta del Cerro Leon, the farm and museum of Salvanatura of San Miguelito and the Anganches Rivers”. Overnight at the town of Ataco.

Meals : Breakfast
3rd Day – Flower Route
3rd Day – Flower Route

You will visit the ‘flower route’, famous, as its name implies, for its dramatic abundance of wild flowers. This region has beautiful panoramic views of the mountainside coffee plantations, lagoons and dense cloud forests. First you will visit Juayúa, the charming city that is famous for its permanent food festival during the weekend or the waterfalls of Don Juan, during the week days. You travel to Nahuizalco, one of the most traditional towns in the area. The people here are famous for their handicrafts and furniture made from tulle and willow. Learn about the famous market at dusk, illuminated, quite romantically, only by candle-light. 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 famous for the large number of craft shops. There is an optional visit to the thermal waters of Santa Teresa. You will stay another night in Ataco.

Meals : Breakfast
4th Day - Santa Ana - Tazumal - Suchitoto
4th Day - Santa Ana - Tazumal - Suchitoto

In the morning, you will go to colonial city of Santa Ana, Salvador's second largest city, and take a guided tour. On this walking tour your guide will take you to see the colonial houses around 4a C between 6a and 10a Avenue According to several sources, Santa Ana's architecture is unmatched anywhere else in the country, with highlights like the Santa Ana's Neo- Gothic Cathedral, the Theater and the Palacio Municipal, which you will visit. Tazumal is your next stop and it is the most important and impressive Mayan ruins of El Salvador and Casa Blanca where you can see a workshop producing indigo dye from Pre classic and Classic period of the Maya. Transfer to Suchitoto where you will stay the night.

Meals : Breakfast
5th Day - Suchitoto
5th Day - Suchitoto

You leave to Chalatenango, where you visit the Archaeological Pre Hispanic “Cihuatán”, also considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in El Salvador, with an area estimated at about 3 square kilometers (1.2 square miles). This was an important trading route with the Caribbean coast in Honduras. In the afternoon you will tour Cinquera, which is a small and picturesque rural community located in the Salvadorian Department of Cabañas, where the post war community is a great example how to work together to have a better life. Where there is a high priority on sustainability and establishing a nature preserve. Formerly a ghost town during El Salvador’s civil war to a modern day, well organized community living in peace. Here you visit their natural reserve, guerrilla campsite, trenches, Vietnamese kitchen, waterfalls, iguana farm, butterfly farm, communitarian restaurant, church, murals and monuments. War anecdotes and testimonies are told by local ex guerrillas, taking you on a spoken movie from early 60´s to present time. You will stay another night in Suchitoto.

Meals : Breakfast
6th Day - Perquín
6th Day - Perquín

We visit the municipality of Berlin in the district of Usulután, where we find very indigenous traditions. You will stop to check and taste the coffee, enjoy the bracing fresh air, and visit its main attractions, such as the Central Church. Visit the small town of Alegria. Its population is 15,000 inhabitants, and holds a territorial extension of 40.4 km² (15.4 square miles) .The weather is very typical of high altitudes, since Alegria is located at a little more than 1,240 meters (4,068 feet) above sea level. Alegria is surrounded by coffee plantations, which constitute its main source of income, followed by a diversity of ornamental plants. Many plant nurseries are located in this area. One of the major attractions is the Laguna de Alegria, on the outskirts of the city, the turquoise-colored water is due to the abundant sulphur content, therefore, meaning that no life forms can exist. The laguna has hot springs and fumaroles (fissures that emit hot volcanic gases). The Laguna is inside the crater of the now dormant volcano Tecapa. Transfer to the town of Perquín within the northern part of El Salvador where you will stay overnight at a basic lodge.

Meals : Breakfast
7th Day – Perquín – La Union
7th Day – Perquín – La Union

Breakfast. Perquín was headquarters of the guerrillas named FMLN during the war. You still find remaining like bunkers and bomb craters of the fascinating and traumatic history. Perquín is owner of the museum of the Revolution, simple overview by photos, posters and weapons of the civil war. We will drive up to Rio Sapo, country's cleanest river for a swim! Transfer to the port of La Union where you will spend the night at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
8th Day – Gulf of Fonseca – El Cuco
8th Day – Gulf of Fonseca – El Cuco

You will travel by boat in the Gulf of Fonseca shared by El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The gulf offers stunning vistas of volcanic islands, small fishing villages and black-sand beaches. We go to Isla Meanguera, the most important trading post and Zacatillo where you will have lunch. Sighting of Dolphins en route is very likely. From November till February there is also a chance to see whales! After the trip you can visit the town of Conchagua with its very old church and the volcano with a great view to the gulf. Transfer to the beaches around El Cuco, the most beautiful ones of El Salvador. Overnight at one of the hotels around El Cuco.

Meals : Breakfast
9th Day – El Cuco
9th Day – El Cuco

Leisure time at the beach around El Cuco.

Meals : Breakfast
10th Day – El Cuco - Bahia de Jiquilisco
10th Day – El Cuco - Bahia de Jiquilisco

Early transfer to the Jiquilisco Bay, a natural treasure in the Eastern part of the country that is home to abundant biodiversity, declared a RAMSAR site and a Biosphere Reserve. Visit to Puerto Barillas Marine where you will take a kayak tour or boat ride through the mangroves to see all different species of birds, sea life and, if you are lucky, Caimans. Optional visit to the monkey sanctuary, cocoa plantation or turtle farm tour. Overnight within de Jiquilisco bay.

Meals : Breakfast
11th Day - Transfer to Airport
11th Day - Transfer to Airport

Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.

Meals : Breakfast

Included

  • American Breakfast
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to sites - parks - etc.
  • Entrance Tkt to places of interest
  • Private Transportation
  • Taxes

 


 

Not Included

  • Any additional/extra tours or park fees
  • Any other service not mentioned in the “included” list or the itinerary
  • Extras at hotels
  • International Flights
  • Late check-out or early check-in
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Visa and Inmigration Taxes

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