What to do in El Salvador?
El Salvador have different facets, for all kind of travelers, interesting sites for people looking for arqueology, mountain holidays, surf destination, coloneal culture locations, lakes and volcanoes for natural envrioment lovers.
Because is the smallest country of the region of Central American make everything much easier for visitors, the international airport is located less than an hour from different interesting sites.
El Salvador had been known as one of the best surf destination of America, the international airport is located half an hour from amazing World Class surf spots like La Libertad, making a nice way to visit El Salvador basing your trip at the beaches of La Libertad that are located in the middle of the country, from there you can make half days trip, full day trips or spending one night in a different location depending of the distance and the place you plan to visit.
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Archaeology and the Mayan World .
El Salvador with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras is part of what is known as Mayan World or "Mundo Maya", from Mexico to the west side of El Salvador are located different archeaology sites and ruins with a lot of history and mistery to learn, In El Salvador you can spend one full day trip learning about this civilization and all the questions around it, there are many mayan sites discovered in El Salvador but the more important are three of them, you can visit this three sites at what is named in the country "Ruta Maya" or mayan route, located all of the close to each other is a trip to take, this include Tazumal Temple where you will have the oportunity to imaging how was the civilization tamples and pyramids, the next will be San Andres site where you will discovery how big the civilization was, and the last site J"oya de Ceren" the p where you will know how they used to live and normal day, the end of this tour could be visiting the Museum in San Salvador city.
Lakes and Volcanoes at the "Complejo los Volcanes" national park
The Volcanoe Complex in english, is a great national park for a full day trip or one night and two days trip. This national park includes the Vocanoe of Izalco, Santa Ana Volcanoe, the national park "Cerro Verde" and the amazing Lake of Coatepeque. You can make different activities in this area, the most interesting could be the hike to the crater of the Volcanoe of Santa Ana, the biggest and highest volcanoe of the the country. Other activities are mountain bike, coffee plantating and mountain hiking, camping and water activities at the like as paragliding, kite surfing, waveboarding, stand up paddle, moter sky and boat trips for relaxing. For sure this is a location to visit, if you like the idea you also can spend a couple nights making different activities in this area and decide to stay at a mountain hotel next to the volcanoes or right at the lake if you like the idea to have water close to you.
"Ruta de Las Flores" and the coffee colonial culture.
For all coffee lovers, El Salvador main product is the coffee, one of the best coffee in America, what we named "Ruta de Las Flores, is an area at the mountain where you find several colonial towns in the middle of coffee plantations, the towns are Ataco, Juayua, Apanaca, and Salcuatitlan, all of the with the colonial spaniel image of how it was several decades before. This is a great tour or trip for a weekend, including one night to enjoy the night life in one of this towns, the most popular for a couple bars is Ataco, what make it nicer during the weekends is because every saturdays and sundays the local comunity organized gastronomical festivals where you will be able to try different meals part of the culture, other activities are visit the water falls in Juayua named "Chorros de la Calera", Canopy trip in Apaneca, and hike trips at the coffee plantation, if you prefer not to walk there are moutain bike routes and also boogies routes inside the coffee forest in between the towns.
City Trips in San Salvador.
San Salvador city is a big city for a small country like El Salvador, at the city you can find all the first class services you find in all different cities of the area, the city is very popular for many Big Mall like MetroCentro, Multiplaza, Gran Via, Merliot where more of the salvadorean contemporary culture develop the way of living, at the malls you find all the basics as Supermarket, clotes, electronics and also bars, restaurants and cinema.
But for those that don't enjoy to be in malls San Salvador is also a amazing city to visit, there are several touristic routes that visitors can take, for culture probably visit the different museum, and tour operators provide tours the the center of the city to visit the most famous buildings from the the history, El Palacio Nacional, Iglesia Catedral, Parque Libertad and much more. Other amazing tour that you can arrange with a lot of history is a visit to the national cementery during the night, the tour operator explain you and prepare you a route where you known and visit the graves of important people throughout history since the independence from Spain.
Other sites to visit are El Parque Balboa, Planes de Renderos and Puerta del Diablo, this national is a piece of natural enviroment in the middle of the city, where you can hike this big rocks formation where you can see from the top of the mountains the ocean and the city.
For good gastronomy and night life you can visit Paseo Del Carmen in Santa Tecla where you will find several bars with live music during the night and the best restaurants in a young enviroment. Other place to visit in the city before you leave is "El Mercado de Artesanias" handy craft market where you find hand made souvenier.
Surf and Sun in La Libertad.
La Libertad is the most visited tourism destination in the country and one of the most impressive surf destination in America, the amazing surf and spots made this a very popular place to go for local visitors and for international travelers, is a great place to stay during your holidays because is located closer from the international airport and in the middle of the country making it easier to move around the country. The area of La Libertad develop small sites at the different surf spots, the most populars Playa El Tunco and Playa El Zonte, where you find most of the hotels, resorts and surf camps for young travelers, Bars and restaurans available in the different locations. Your options in La Libertad and many, there are beach houses at different private recidential complex with private beaches like Atami, Xanadu, also at Playa San Blas, there are hotels in the different beaches like Sunzal, El Tunco, El Zonte, Mizata and k59.
The Wild East.
This is another amazing area, popular for surfing but located a couple hours away from the international airport at the East side of the country in the departments of San Miguel, Usulutan and La Union next to the border with Honduras country, this is where you find the most beautifull beaches in the country, sandy, long, feral beaches like Icacal, Playas Negras, Tamarindo, El Cuco and the popular Playa Las Flores, the last one very visited because of the hotel infraestructure available and because is one of the best waves for surfing in the country.
Costa Del Sol Beach.
Costa del Sol is also located very close from the international airport but in the department of La Paz at the east of La Libertad, this in other amazing beach area with a great variaty of accommodations in exclusive beach resort and also all inclusive hotels with an amazing service, this is a peninsula that separated the ocean from a beatifull magroove stuary with great boats and piers, in the side of the beach several restaurants and hotels are available, beach house rentals in other option to spend a quiet and private holiday in El Salvador.
Suchitoto at the Suchitlan lagoon is other importation travel destination in El Salvador, is a historic colonial town in the country with cobblestone streets, colonial houses, rich cultural traditions and amazing panoramic views of Lake Suchitlan, The foundng of Suchitoto is attributed to the pipiles, who settled int he present Sanlvadorean teritory of Cuscatlan halfway through the 11th century and were one of the most veteran indegenous tribes that fought against the Spanish conquistadors in the begining of the 17th century.