A wonderful trip to enjoy the highlights of El Salvador: Volcanoes, Mayan Sites, Colonial Towns, crafts, coffee picking and tour and San Salvador City.
Arrival to El Salvador International Airport. Transfer to San Salvador hotel. Lodging at San Salvador hotel.
El Salvador is the country with more volcanoes per square kilometers in the world. This is because there are many volcanoes in a very small country, (20,000 square kilometers). From San Salvador, we have access to visit beautiful volcanoes. Today we will visit El Boquerón Santa Ana Volcano & Coatepeque Lake which is the name of the crater of San Salvador Volcano. Locals say that it has this name since the crater resembles a big mouth (boqueron = Big Mouth). At approximately 1,700 meters above sea level, it provides a cool climate in between 15 – 23 ºC. We will be able to walk to the edge of the crater and admire its beauty.
Then we will continue to Suchitoto town, one of El Salvador’s colonial towns. Its name means the place of the Flower Bird. We will walk along the charming cobblestone streets surrounded by lovely old colonial homes. Suchitoto is home to Santa Lucia Church, built in 1853, majestically situated in the town’s central square.
In the afternoon, we will experience an Indigo Workshop. Indigo is a natural colorant extracted from the Xiquilite plant. It was a very important element for the Mayans since they used it for magical/religious rituals, as a medical plant, for pottery, and for painting. When the Spanish “Conquistadores” arrived to El Salvador in 1524, Indigo became the new source of wealth in the region. Pedro de Alvarado noticed how the Indians used several shades of blue in their clothes. In 1558, the Habsburg King Charles I ordered the territories of Guatemala and Cuscatlán (El Salvador), to produce indigo for Spain. The commercial route was through Granada, then to Cartagena de Indias from where it travelled to Spain. In the XVII century, the ounce of indigo was as valuable as gold. El Salvador indigo, has always been recognized as top quality worldwide. We will learn the process of indigo as well as art techniques used on clothing as we experiment in designing our own scarf.
Lodging at Suchitoto.
El Salvador is part of the Maya World, and today we will visit its main archaeological site. Joya de Cerén was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, and it is known as the “Pompeii of the Americas”. This agricultural community was buried by the ashes of Volcano Caldera back in 600 AD. Thanks to the excellent preservation, this site allows us to witness the everyday lives of the Mesoamerican agricultures of such time period. There is also a comprehensive museum on site.
Then we will continue to Volcanoes National Park, where three amazing volcanoes (Izalco Volcano, Santa Ana Volcano and Cerro Verde) embrace beautiful Coatepeque Lake which fills a crater of another volcano. Izalco Volcano is one of the youngest volcanoes in America since it was born in the 1700’s, whereas Santa Ana Volcano is thousands of years old. Izalco Volcano was known as the “Lighthouse of the Pacific” since its lava guided the ships on the Pacific Ocean Coast. No lava is currently flowing, but both volcanoes are still active since constant fumaroles are present. In Cerro Verde, located in the middle of the other two volcanoes, we will walk around its extinct crater providing breathtaking views of Izalco and Santa Ana Volcanoes and Coatepeque Lake. You can enjoy of a typical world-famous pupusas lunch at Cerro Verde.
After this, we will continue to the Flower Route, which is a coffee plantation area in the Western side of El Salvador. It is composed of 4 main towns and it has a comfortable weather due to the altitude. The towns are Nahuizalco, Juayua, Apaneca and Ataco. The region offers amazing views of mountains and volcanoes. The region offers crafts, coffee tours, charming towns, markets, and adventure options.
Lodging at Flower Route
Today we will visit a coffee plantation and if the tour is done within coffee season (DEC-MAR), we will be able to collect coffee along with the locals. After this experience, a guided tour will explain each step of the coffee process at the coffee mill. Travelers will be able to buy coffee products and crafts as souvenirs.
Optional: travelers will be able to enjoy adventure options such as horseback riding, mountain bike, ATV tour, or a zip line tour.
Afternoon return to San Salvador city.
Hotel Lodging at San Salvador Hotel.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.
End of services
- Private vehicle and driver for transfers and
- 2 nights in San Salvador City, 1
night in Suchitoto, 1 night in Flower Route at selected hotel.
- All breakfasts (4)
- Private English speaking guide for tours
- All Activities and entrances as stated on
- All local taxes and fees are included.
- International flights
- Meals other than indicated
- Personal Expenses
- Any services not specifically mentioned.
- If program starts on a Monday, the itinerary may change since Joya de Ceren is closed on Mondays.
- Coffee season for picking: Late November to Early March
- Coffee Mill tour may be done all year: From December to May you will be able to see it operating.
- Itinerary may change due to weather or situations beyond control.