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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Overview

Satisfy an appetite for adventure on a 6-hour dune buggy tour from San Salvador. Combine spectacular scenery with an adventurous experience as you discover the luscious landscape in an alternative way. See the sparkling surfaces of Laguna Verde and Laguna de las Ninfas; trace the remarkable Ruta de las Flores (Flowers Route) and absorb the natural landmarks that pepper the path; and then, explore the historical highlights in the traditional town of Apaneca. Opt for the upgraded option to include a knowledgeable guide and a full-day tour of San Salvador’s spectacular surroundings.
  • A 2.5-hour speed buggy tour from Apaneca through gorgeous lagoons and spectacular scenery
  • See El Salvador from a different perspective as you ride through the countryside in a buggy
  • Stop and check out the gorgeous Laguna Verde, where you’ll have the option to walk around the lagoon
  • Ride along the famed Ruta de las Flores and see more gorgeous nature
  • Extend the adventure to an optional full-day excursion
Depart from your San Salvador hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and admire the scenery as you venture to the verdant heart of the Apaneca-llamatepec mountain range. Marvel at the tangle of picturesque streets as you arrive in Apaneca and climb aboard your impressive dune buggy. 
Listen to an informative safety briefing then follow your guide through the luscious landscape to Laguna Verde, an inviting body of water whose surface reflects the gorgeous greenery that surrounds. Capture fantastic photographs of the natural wonder then climb back onto your buggy to drive to the next destination. 
Next, arrive at Laguna de las Ninfas (Lagoon of the Nymphs) and relish the sight of beautiful water lilies saturating its calm surface. Trace the visually stunning Ruta de las Flores (Flowers Route) and see an abundance of traditional coffee farms and stalls along your way. 
Return your dune buggy to the village then relax during the journey back to San Salvador in your private vehicle. If you have opted for the full-day tour, your excursion will continue. Please see the Itinerary section below for more detailed information on the upgrade option.

Itinerary

Optional Flowers Route Tour
The Flowers Route, or Ruta de las Flores, refers to a cluster of five colonial-style mountainside villages located along a 22-mile (35-km) stretch of highway in the middle of El Salvador’s coffee plantations. After your dune buggy ride, spend the afternoon discovering three of these towns: Apaneca, Ataco and Ahuachapán.

On this tour with private transport, you choose how long to stay in each town and where to have lunch (own expense). Enhance this experience with an additional upgrade to include a personal guide, who accompanies you throughout the tour and provides engaging local insight and commentary.
Calm any post-ride jitters with visions of art and fascinating antiques on your first stop in the heart of Apaneca. Amid a maze of cobblestoned streets, pass houses with orange-clay-shingled roofs and visit a market flooded with flowers and fresh produce. If you’re visiting during the winter, expect gusty winds that make for clear views of nearby volcanoes and mountains. And don't miss a taste of the top-quality locally made coffee, perhaps after lunch in one of Apaneca’s rustic restaurants.

Continue north to browse the handcraft shops in Ataco, and witness artisans producing patterned fabrics on treadle looms. In Ahuachapán, near the Guatemala border, you can decide whether the coffee sold here is better than what you tried in Apaneca.

With a full-day dune buggy adventure plus tour of the Flowers Route complete, you’ll be privately chauffeured back to your San Salvador hotel.

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L
, Oct 2017

Very fun trip. Only thing was that you don't get that much mud action. We actually laughed when the tour guide took us to this lake and did one circular turn in this small mud pit and that was it. Granted, we got plenty plenty dirty since my boyfriend didn't go through it fast enough so we got stuck, but that was the only part with mud that we went through. The tour guide was very nice. The tour was a couple hours long but there was really nothing super impressive that we did or saw. Also, they only give you one dune buggy per couple. Keep that in mind in case you travel with someone else and think you will have your ow dune buggy to drive.

m
, Jul 2017

On this tour, we drove ATVs, not dune buggies. Everyone was put in pairs. It would have been much more fun if everyone had their own vehicle. We were never told when we were halfway through the course so we could change positions. As a result, I only got 15 mins. It is truly boring to be in the passenger spot.
As for the Ruta de las Flores, we took this tour 2 yrs ago and it was much better with Eduardo. During this trip, we were not taken to admire the murals. We went by 2 streets quickly and paused for a picture at the opening of a door mural. Our guide Irving was in a hurry. We didn't get lunch until 3pm. Apinaca and Ataco have fantastic artisan work but we didn't get to stop to admire/buy any.

E
, Mar 2017

My guide Irving was an absolutely amazing guide. He had incredibly in depth knowledge of everything we discussed and was able to answer all the questions I ask and I ask a lot of them. I had a great time and the flower route was gorgeous. No need to talk about the dune buggys, if you've ever driven one, you know they are fun.

J
, Jun 2016

The tour was an absolute blast! It was one of the highlights of our trip to El Salvador. It is definitely worth going to both lagoons.

m
, Jul 2015

We were unable to take the dune buggy tour because my husband sustained an injury in Costa Rica but we did view the cities on the Flowers tour. They are soooooo beautiful! Our guide, Eduardo was very informativie. Great tour!

S
, May 2015

This tour was amazing!


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