San Salvador, El Salvador
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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.
  • Private half- or full-day city sightseeing tour of San Salvador
  • View monuments and residential neighborhoods en route to the historical city center
  • Take a private tour of the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and National Theater with an informative local guide
  • View El Rosario Church, Plaza Masferrer and Plaza El Salvador del Mundo
  • Walk a nature trail for panoramic views of San Salvador Volcano and its inner volcano, El Boquerón (if full-day option selected)
  • Visit Santa Tecla and stop by the handicraft market and Antiguo Cuscatlán Municipal Market (if full-day option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included
Your private half-day or full-day tour begins with pickup at your hotel in San Salvador. Take advantage of the personalized attention from your dedicated guide; your time is yours to do what you want. Be sure to outline your interests and preferences; your guide will take these factors into consideration when planning your itinerary. Whether you choose the 4-hour or 9-hour option, you'll come away with a better understanding of the history, culture and traditions of El Salvador. 

Please see the Itinerary section below for the full details of both half-day and full-day tours.

Itinerary

Half-day option (morning or afternoon): Drive to the historical city center — the country's political, economic and religious hub since the 16th century — to visit the main monuments, avenues and squares of San Salvador, including Plaza El Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Plaza) and Plaza Masferrer, then pass through the primary residential zones of the capital city.
With your guide, stop by the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador (Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador), twice visited by Pope John Paul II, who knelt by the Tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero. See the beautiful National Palace of El Salvador, which contains four main rooms and 101 secondary rooms, and admire the characteristic French Renaissance style of the National Theater of El Salvador (Teatro Nacional de El Salvador), declared a national monument in 1979.
After viewing El Rosario Church at Plaza Libertad, site of the Monument to the Heroes (Monumento de los Héroes), your guide takes you to San Salvador’s handicraft market, Mercado Nacional de Artesanías. Meander among artisan vendors selling hammocks, textiles, ceramics and other crafts. Then finish at the Municipal Market of Antiguo Cuscatlán — San Salvador’s most affluent region — before you’re dropped off at your hotel.

Full-day option: 
In the morning, you’ll cover all the places specified above during city sightseeing with your guide plus additional San Salvador surroundings in the afternoon. Stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant where you can buy a typical Salvadoran dish like pupusas — thick, handmade corn tortillas filled with a cheese or pork. Not interested in going to a restaurant? Bring your own meal and picnic outside.

After lunch, visit San Salvador Volcano (aka Quetzaltepec and Chaparrastique), a stratovolcano located just 15 miles (25 km) northwest of the city. Here, enjoy a refreshing eco-walk along nature trails and a panoramic view of the impressive crater, which features El Boquerón, a newer volcancito (little volcano) inside.
Before hotel drop-off, your final stop is Santa Tecla, a beautiful city whose antique architectural style has been preserved. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour with your guide around the main streets and avenues, including the famous Paseo el Carmen where restaurants, bars, and cafés are a highlight.

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, Mar 2017

The tour guide Eduardowas very knowledgeable we spent too much time on landmarks that were not too relevant and we had very little on those that deserve more attention, for example the Cathedral, we did not get to see the church, only the mausoleum basement, understanding that this cathedral has been rebuilt after the civil war the National Palace and theater were presented from the main door, we did not even enter the buildings to appreciate the French Renaissance architecture, we spent almost an hour walking under the scorching sun, congested and crowded market place we could've done it in 15m . We finish our tour disappointed we were not taken to the monument of the Heroes, the handicraft market we wanted to purchase souvenirs, that did not happen

R
, Nov 2016

Great tour very informative. We learned a lot about the history of El Salvador. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and super nice. We did not feel unsafe at all specially in the downtown area. I highly recommend to visit San Salvador!

V
, Sep 2016

I loved the Bouqueron! Beautiful! Very nice tourist guide named Moises!

R
, Mar 2015

I was by myself, and apprehensive about safety, so I found this tour an excellent way to visit a number of sites and places in San Salvador. The guide/driver spoke impeccable English, and shared a large amount of history and information with me. We visited a number of places, and I really got a great feel for the city. Because it was only me, I was able to really make the most of the day. The tour was a little shorter than advertised, and didn't include drinks. However, I really recommend it overall.

T
, Nov 2014

This tour was a great overview of San Salvador and of El Salvador itself. I was picked up from my hotel and was shown all of the major highlights of the city. I would highly recommend this tour and tour operator to anyone visiting El Salvador.


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