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3 Days in San Salvador: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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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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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park, San Salvador, null
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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and El Boqueron National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Make the most of your long layover in San Salvador by taking 4 hours to tour the city and visit the majestic volcano affectionately known as El Boquerón, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99
Cerro Verde National Park and Lake Coatepeque from San Salvador, San Salvador, Layover Tours
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Cerro Verde National Park and Lake Coatepeque from San Salvador

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Explore the volcano complex of Cerro Verde National Park, which showcases some of El Salvador’s most amazing volcanoes: Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Santa Ana Volcano Hiking Tour from San Salvador

Huff your way up Santa Ana (Ilamatepec) volcano, El Salvador’s highest, on this full-day tour in Cerro Verde National Park. Walk through a windy cloud forest, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.25
Tour El Salvador Flowers Route, San Salvador, Hiking & Camping
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Tour El Salvador Flowers Route

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The Flowers Route (Ruta de las Flores) is one of El Salvador’s most popular circuits, named for the abundance of flowers along a picturesque, 22-mile (36-km) ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Archaeological Tour: El Salvador Mayan Ruins Including Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Archaeological Tour: El Salvador Mayan Ruins Including Joya de Cerén

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Enjoy a  tour of El Salvador’s major Maya archaeological sites: volcano-buried civilizations, pre-Columbian pyramids and indigo-producing factories. Select a ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00
Suchitoto Day Trip from San Salvador, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Suchitoto Day Trip from San Salvador

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover El Salvador's cultural capital with a professional guide on this day trip from San Salvador. Enjoy a different pace of life in Suchitoto, known for ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
San Salvador Sightseeing Including El Boquerón and Santa Tecla, San Salvador, Day Trips
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San Salvador Sightseeing Including El Boquerón and Santa Tecla

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Not many people get the chance to stand on the edge of a volcano. But you can with this 4-hour private evening tour of El Boquerón, San Salvador’s iconic ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.99
Surf Lesson in La Libertad from San Salvador, San Salvador, Night Tours
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Surf Lesson in La Libertad from San Salvador

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Find your own ‘Point Break’: Learn to ride the waves in La Libertad, El Salvador’s West Coast surf zone, with a professional surfer during a private lesson. On ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.25
San Salvador Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Museums Tour, San Salvador, Surfing Lessons
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San Salvador Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Museums Tour

Hit the highlights of San Salvador on this 4- to 6-hour private sightseeing and museums tour, and enjoy round-trip transport from Monseñor Óscar ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.99
San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Layover Tours
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San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén

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Take advantage of your next layover in El Salvador and embark on this private tour of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and San Andrés. ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99

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