Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours

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The national cathedral of El Salvador may not offer the same old-world architectural charms—like ornate stone work and detailed religious statues—of its European counterparts, but the iconic white Roman Catholic church is still a stunning monument and homage to San Salvador’s deeply religious roots.

Once the site of a violent massacre where some 40 people were killed during a stampede at the funeral of Archbishop Oscar Romero, today the iconic structure offers a bit of peace and tranquility for visitors to this capital city. The white façade gives way to a colorful interior, where images of the Divine Saviour and a four-column bladcchino bless the main altar. Travelers can spend a moment in quiet contemplation, light a candle, and take in the massive paintings that depict moments in the life of Christ while on a visit to the nation’s most famous cathedral. 

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Metropolitan Cathedral is located near the Cuscatian Avenue and 2a Calle Oriente at Plaza Barrios. It is open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m. daily.
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Address: Calle Ruben Dario, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Hours: Open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m. daily.
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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park

Maximise your layover in San Salvador by enjoying an exhilarating 4-hour tour of the majestic volcano termed by locals as El Boquerón, or Big Mouth. Accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, depart from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport and head into the historical heart of San Salvador to see significant sights like Salvador del Mundo Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, travel to the city perimeters to marvel at the colossal mound of El Boquerón before returning to the airport well in advance of your connecting flight. Opt to experience this tour as a private excursion to receive the exclusive attention of your guide and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from the airport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$42.99 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boquerón National Park

Combine the historic sights of San Salvador and the natural wonders of the El Boquerón National Park with this great-value 4-hour combo tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as you admire the remnants of San Salvador’s colonial rule and view architectural landmarks like the El Rosario Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Next, climb the 5,905-foot (1,800 m) peak of El Boquerón, the city’s famous volcanic crater, and enjoy a scenic hike around the rim, looking out over the city below.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santa Tecla and El Boquerón National Park from San Salvador

Marvel over San Salvador’s natural wonder, the El Boquerón (‘Big Mouth’) volcano that stands guard over the city, on this 4-hour private or group tour, including hotel pick-up. Journey to the top of El Boquerón, where you can hike the forested trails around the crater and enjoy expansive views over the capital below. On the way back, explore the suburban town of Santa Tecla, nestled in the foothills of the volcano, then stop by San Salvador landmarks like Metropolitan Cathedral and El Rosario Church.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Salvador City Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your time in San Salvador with a private half- or full-day day sightseeing tour and discover the best bits of El Salvador's historic capital. Marvel over city landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and National Theater; stroll around the lively Plaza Masferrer and Plaza El Salvador del Mundo; then browse the handicrafts markets in Santa Tecla. After a typical Salvadoran lunch (own expense), take in the views from the El Boquerón volcano as you hike around the crater.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

Got time to spare before your onward flight? Maximise your time in San Salvador with a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s highlights and a visit to the UNESCO-listed Mayan site of Joya de Cerén. Choose to explore the sights independently or with a private guide on a 4- to 6-hour tour, taking in landmarks like Salvador del Mundo Square and El Rosario Church, then exploring the fascinating ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. This tour includes pick-up and drop-off at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Salvador Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Museums Tour

Connecting in San Salvador? Make the most of your layover with a private 4- to 6-hour tour of the capital’s best bits, either independently or with a private guide. Admire landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral and El Rosario church; tour the Museum of Anthropology David J. Guzman; or sip coffee overlooking the lively Salvador del Mundo square. Finish by browsing the city’s handicrafts shops and markets for some last-minute souvenirs before heading back to the airport. This tour includes pick-up and drop-off at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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El Boqueron National Park and San Salvador City Tour

Explore El Boqueron National Park and the city of San Salvador on this all-day combination tour. First, head to the national park, which is located on top of the San Salvador Volcano, and stop at the main attraction: a crater that measures 3.1 miles (five kilometers) in diameter and 1,831 feet (558 meters) deep. From there, head back to the city to visit significant landmarks, including the Monument to the Revolution, Cuscatlán Park, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and more.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Salvador Historic Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of El Salvador during this 3-hour exploration of San Salvador’s historic landmarks by bike. This Central American capital’s historic zone is home to more 400 historic structures, offering the perfect setting for a bike-themed sightseeing trip. Check out key attractions like the country’s former Presidential House, First Cry of Independence Bell, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and many more. Your cycling-themed exploration of San Salvador includes a guide, bike and helmet, snacks, water and optional round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

Maximise your time and minimise your spending, with this great-value combo tour, pairing two of El Salvador’s most popular attractions, plus hotel pick-up. Uncover San Salvador’s colonial history on a 2-hour walking tour, taking in highlights like Masferrer Square, Salvador del Mundo Square, El Rosario Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, journey to the UNESCO-listed Mayan ruins of Joya de Cerén for a 2-hour guided tour and learn how the fascinating archaeological site earned its nickname as the 'Pompeii of the Americas’.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Salvador Sightseeing Including El Boquerón and Santa Tecla

Witness the magic of San Salvador at dusk from the peak of the El Boquerón volcano on this private 4-hour evening tour, including hotel pick-up. Soak up the views as you climb to the mountaintop and follow the forested trails around the dramatic crater, then stroll around the pretty town of Santa Tecla at the base of the volcano. Tuck into a typical barbecue dinner overlooking the city (own expense), then drive back into San Salvador as the sun begins to set.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Salvador City Tour

Get a sense for the historical highlights, beautiful handicrafts and fascinating culture of San Salvador during this 4-hour sightseeing trip. Check out national El Salvadoran landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and ‘El Salvador del Mundo’ (Savior of the World Square). You’ll also have a chance to shop for souvenirs at the San Salvador handicrafts market and discover the city’s main residential areas. This San Salvador sightseeing trip also covers a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$40.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Salvador City and Volcano Tour

Journey to the capitol city of El Salvador during this city and volcano tour, including round-trip transport from select hotels. First, explore the city with a guide who knows the best and safest ways around, and see San Salvador Cathedral, Iglesia El Rosario, Plaza Libertad, and the National Palace. Then travel to San Salvador volcano, and stroll the streets of Santa Tecla.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$67.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Salvador and Panchimalco City Tour

Explore the city of San Salvador and the colonial town of Panchimalco on this all-day guided tour. Learn about the history of El Salvador through the capital city’s monuments and landmarks, including El Salvador del Mundo, Cuscatlan Park, and the famous Metropolitan Cathedral. From there, head to one of the oldest pre-Columbian cities in the country, Panchimalco.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Salvador StopOver City Tour

Make the most of your layover at San Salvador airport with this 5-hour city tour. During your trip you’ll get a sense for the culture, history and religious traditions of El Salvador, stopping to admire some of the most important landmarks in its capital city. Check out monuments like the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, the Monument to the Heroes and much more. Finish by shopping for souvenirs at San Salvador’s handicrafts market. This layover sightseeing trip also includes round-trip airport transport and a guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$65.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-Day Monsignor Romero City Tour

Learn the fascinating story of El Salvador’s Monsignor Romero during this 8-hour trip exploring his life and legacy. This famous defender of human rights has won country-wide (and international) acclaim for his outspoken criticisms of poverty, social injustice and torture. During your excursion you’ll visit the most important monuments to Romero’s life, including the Chapel of Divine Providence, the Monsignor Romero Historic Center at UCA University and the permanent exhibit on his life at the Anthropological Museum of San Salvador. Your excursion covers entrance fees, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Hour San Salvador City Tour

Visit San Salvador’s handicraft market, historic sights, and Military Museum El Zapote Barracks on a 3-hour, small-group tour of the city that includes entrance fees and round-trip transport from your San Salvador hotel. This small-group tour is limited to 15 participants for a personalized experience, with morning and afternoon departures available.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Cultural Walking Tour of San Salvador, El Salvador

This walking tour of San Salvador is designed for travelers who want to explore the city's somber history and living culture to gain a deeper understanding of El Salvador. At Cuscatlan Park see a moving memorial to tens of thousands of victims lost during the country's recent civil war. Tour the city's museums and churches, including the minimlaist El Rosario church which is one of the most architecturally unique in Central America.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Half-Day Tour: San Salvador City and Volcano

See San Salvador highlights on a half-day tour of the city’s handicraft market, historic old center, and landmarks, as well as the San Salvador volcano, which last erupted a century ago. This 4.5-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel or port in San Salvador and all entrance fees, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Salvador City and Shopping Tour

See the city of San Salvador and its most important and interesting places including a visit to the Palacio Nacional, Teatro Nacional, Iglesia el Rosario, Coin Museum, and the Cathedral. On Sundays  you will have the chance to visit the presidential house and zapote barracks instead of  National palace / theater / coin museum.You will also have the opportunity to get the best prices on Salvadorean handcrafts at the local market and also enjoy a visit to one of the newest and most exclusive malls in the city, Multiplaza.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$56.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Overnight: Monsignor Romero City Tour

Learn the fascinating story of El Salvador’s Monsignor Romero during this 2-day exploration of the city of San Salvador and Romero’s legacy. This famous defender of human rights has won international acclaim for his outspoken criticisms of poverty and social injustice. During your trip, covering two days of excursions, you’ll visit key monuments from Romero’s life like the Chapel of Divine Providence, and the Monsignor Romero Historic Center at UCA University. You’ll also see top San Salvor landmarks like the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Your excursion covers entrance fees, a guide and round-trip hotel transport at the end of each day.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$226.50 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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