5 Days Unexplored El Salvador

5 Days

Overview

A unique nature experience: walk to the edge of a volcano, touch the sulfur water inside the crater of another volcano, walk through the forest towards a monkey community and travel by boat through the waters of Jiquilisco Bay in search of the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, one of the most endangered species of sea turtles.

Itinerary

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 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 travel east to Alegría town and lagoon. Alegría is a charming town located within mountains and volcanoes filled with coffee plantations. Besides the town lies what many people call the Emerald of America; a sulfur lagoon at the crater of Tecapa Volcano. We will have lunch at Alegría. Then transfer to hotel in Jiquilisco Bay.
Jiquilisco Bay is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve (one of 14 in all Central America). It is El Salvador´s largest and most important wetland and the largest mangrove estuarine system in Northern Mesoamerica, being composed of mangrove forests, estuaries, sand bars, beaches, 27 islands of varying size, fresh water lagoons and seasonally flooded forests. Its 637 square kilometers, represent a transit point to at least 87 species of migratory birds. The coastal mangroves and estuaries help reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities and agricultural lands to natural disasters such as floods, helps stabilize the local climate, and serves as a nursery and refuge for a high diversity of ecological, economically and aesthetic importance.
Breakfast San Salvador hotel.
Lunch Local Lunch
Lodging at Puerto Barillas Hotel in Jiquilisco Bay.

Today we will enjoy a Monkeys and Sea Turtle tour. Four species of sea turtles nest in El Salvador: Baule (leatherback turtle), Carey (hawksbill turtle), Golfina (olive ridley turtle) and Prieta (green turtle); all of them considered endangered species. The tour in Jiquilisco Bay will focus on the Hawksbill, one of the most endangered species in the world. For the Hawksbill, Jiquilisco Bay is the main nesting point on all the Eastern Pacific.
The times for the tour will depend based on the best time to experience the sea turtle tour. For the monkey’s tour, we will walk through a forest until we reach their home. After calling their names, the monkeys come down the trees and interact with the visitors. This tour includes the lunch. For the sea turtles tour, we will get in a boat to the waters of Jiquilisco Bay. Local administrators will provide a general presentation on sea turtles and will explain the process on how they are protecting them at Jiquilisco. Depending on the specific day conditions, we will visit the nursery or if desired by travelers, the tour may be done at night in order to spot sea turtles laying their eggs.
Return to hotel.
Breakfast Puerto Barillas Hotel
Lunch Local Lunch
Lodging at Puerto Barillas Hotel in Jiquilisco Bay.

Free day in Puerto Barillas hotel.
Breakfast Puerto Barillas Hotel
Lodging at Puerto Barillas Hotel in Jiquilisco Bay.

Day 05 :
DAY 5:

Transfer to airport for departure flight. End of services (B)

Includes:

  • Private vehicle and driver for transfers and tour on Day 2.
  • 1 night lodging in San Salvador at selected hotel.
  • 3 nights lodging in Jiquilisco Bay (Barillas Hotel).
  • All breakfasts (4) and lunch (2)
  • Private English speaking guide for tours.
  • All Activities and entrances as stated on detailed itinerary.
  • All local taxes and fees are included.

Note:   Rates valid for check in Sunday or Monday.

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any services not specifically mentioned.

HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR:

Category A,B,C only applies to first night hotel accommodation.

In San Salvador:

Category A – Hilton Princess Hotel 5*

Category B – Mirador Plaza Hotel 4*
Category C – Villa Terra or Mariscal Hotel 3*

In Jiquilisco Bay: 

 

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5 Days Unexplored El Salvador
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