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San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

1. San Salvador: Half-Day City Tour

Explore the history of El Salvador and its capital on a half-day orientation tour of San Salvador's city center. Take in key attractions, including plazas, the historic downtown, churches, and markets to get a glimpse of local life. Discover local handicrafts, statues, architecture, and more. Following hotel pickup, drive down the main avenues and explore residential areas, stopping at sites such as Plaza El Salvador del Mundo (The Savior of the World Square) with its giant statue of Christ and Plaza Masferrer. Continue into Historic Downtown to see the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral on Plaza Barrios. Take in the National Palace, built at the end of the 19th century. Then, continue to the French Renaissance-style National Theater, declared a national monument in 1979. Travel along streets that once formed part of the first capital city in Central America to be set up by the Spanish colonizers. After a look at the extraordinary church of El Rosario, go to one of San Salvador´s handicraft markets and visit the Antiguo Cuscatlan Municipal Market to experience everyday life in the capital. Finally, return to your hotel.

Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

2. Combo Day Tour: Colonial Route and Volcanoes

During this El Salvador Combo Day Tour  you will visit the main highlights of El Salvador including Cerro Verde National Park at the Lake and Volcano Complex, Coatepeque Lake as well as the artisan towns of Nahuizalco and Ataco at the famous Flower´s Route. First, visit the volcanoes and lakes of El Salvador. Cataloged as the “2nd 8th Wonder of the World for 2013″: the “Lake and Volcano Complex” in El Salvador is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country as its bring together one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and a group of the most amazing volcanoes of El Salvador: The Izalco Volcano, The Santa Ana Volcano and Cerro Verde Volcano. Visit the Natural Protected Area of Cerro Verde and take a refreshing sigthseeing tour through the eco trails of the park (45 minutes approximately). Cerro Verde is an inactive volcano located at an altitude of 2035 meters and length of 500 hectares of nature, it has a cloud forest in and around the crater with a temperature of between 12 and 18 degrees centigrade. From here you will enjoy panoramic views of Izalco Volcano better know as the “Lighthouse of the Pacific” because the boats were oriented with the red glow of the lava to reach the Acajutla port, the Santa Ana Volcano or “Ilamatepec Volcano” being the biggest volcano of the area, and the beauty of the nature in the surroundings of this National Park. It is a place where you will be surrounded by the wilderness or “dwarf forest”, where you can find pasture and some low-lying bushes, giant agaves, among others. The landscape is unique in Mesoamerica and it definitely worth the visit. Next, panoramic view to the volcanic lake “Coatepeque”, cataloged amongst the most beautiful of the world. During the afternoon, visit The Flower's Route, of the most popular tourist destinations and named for its abundance of flowers on the picturesque road, colorful villages, coffee, natural beauty, crafts, cuisine, festivals, mild weather.  Discover the colonial style towns with beautiful mountainous vegetation: Nahuizalco where you can enjoy a guided tour by the community and Ataco, one of the greatest coffee making towns. Observe the elaboration of handicrafts of the zone and make shopping in the local stores.  At Nahuizalco you will take a guided walk through the local community in order to visit the city and the lifestyle of town as a true local. Ataco is famous for its beautiful and colorful walls.  Without a doubt a great tour! What are you waiting for?

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A friendly, knowledgeable guide who provided a great service.

This was a half-day private tour of the city. Irving was great. He picked me up at the hotel promptly. I felt at ease with him right away. We saw the "must-see" sites in San Salvador and he had a lot to say about each. We had interesting and fun conversations between site visits. Some of it related to the tour, some of it was just about life. It was all good. We skipped a few things, like a shopping area, partly because I wasn't really interested, and partly because I wasn't feeling very well. I was having a typical case of traveler's upset. I was well enough to go on the tour but I was glad that I booked it as a private tour so that when I was getting tired, we cut it a little short. In other words, I paid a premium for a private tour and it was worth every penny, both because of the quality of our interactions and the flexibility that I needed that day.

The tour was fantastic! Roberto was friendly and knowledgable. He truly has a passion for his country and it came across in the way he shared about the sites, the history, and the people. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to understand some of the history of San Salvador!

The guide picked me up and then we left. First I saw the city from the outside and then we drove to the old town. There was a festival in town which was lucky for me. I saw local dances, heard local music and more. The guide was welcoming and informative.

One of a kind

Moises was knowledgeable, friendly, and took the time to tell me a lot of details that made my experience personable. I recommend it!