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Colours of El Salvador

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,921

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but well worth visiting. Here you can enjoy beautiful beaches, colonial towns, Mayan sites, volcanoes and meet wonderful people.


Tucked along the PacificCoast between Guatemala and Honduras, tiny El Salvador is packed with volcanic wilderness areas, national parks and cultural heritage, all yours to explore on this 7 day experience.

Take a day trip from San Salvador to visit three amazing volcanoes that loom over the western part of the country. Go on to Joya de Ceren, a pre-Columbian Maya farming village preserved under volcanic ash. Think of it as Central America’s Pompeii! The nearby colonial town of Suchitoto continues your immersion in the vibrant history of this region.

Follow the Flower Route, a coffee plantation area packed with colourful markets and towns on your way to Imposible National Park. This incredible gorge and forest is El Salvador’s most bio-diverse wilderness. After a taste of the country’s natural wonders, take a tour of El Boqueron, crater of the San Salvador Volcano. While you’re back in the capital, a guide takes you through the downtown, including the National Cathedral, National Palace and National Theatre. Your journey ends with a visit to La Libertad, a beautiful surf city on the Pacific Ocean.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,921

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Day 1

Arrival in San Salvador

Upon arrival to El Salvador International Airport you will be met at airport and transferred to your San Salvador City Hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Barcelo San Salvador

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    Barcelo San Salvador



    Welcome to the Barcelo San Salvador hotel, conveniently located within the business district of San Salvador and only 45 minutes from El Salvador International Airport. Enjoy easy access to numerous city and state government offices and many popular local attractions.

    Welcome to the Barcelo San Salvador hotel, conveniently located within the business district of San Salvador and only 45 minutes from El Salvador International Airport. Enjoy easy access to numerous city and state government offices and many popular local attractions.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Pets Accepted
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

San Salvador - Suchitoto

San Salvador is the second largest city of Central America with a population of about 1.8 million people. Today you will enjoy a San Salvador city tour starting in downtown. You will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral which substitutes the previous edifications destroyed by earthquakes or fires. The Cathedral is surprisingly wide and large (Neo-Romanesque and Byzantine) and celestial drawings are painted on its cupola. Inside stand a wooden figure of the Divine Savior of the World and the tomb of Archbishop Romero, a martyr and an important figure for El Salvador. Rosario church is also an interesting stop. With its bizarre building, it holds the grave of Father Jose Matias Delgado, a very important figure of the Central America independence.

Then you will visit El Boqueron, 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 - 23C. You will be able to walk to the edge of the crater and admire its beauty.

After this you will continue to Joya de Ceren archaeological site. El Salvador is part of the Maya World, and you will visit its main archaeological site. Joya de Ceren was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. This agricultural community was buried by the ashes of Volcano Caldera back in 600 AD for which it is also known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", even though no bodies were found, a sign that its inhabitants received prompt warning of the eruption. Thanks to the excellent preservation, this site allows us to witness the everyday lives of the Mesoamerican agricultures of such time period; you can witness their homes, beds, crop fields and even saunas. This makes it a unique place within the Maya World. There is also a comprehensive museum on site. After lunch you will continue to Suchitoto.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Los Almendros de San Lorenzo

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    Los Almendros de San Lorenzo



    Almendros de San Lorenzo is located in the colonial town of Suchitoto, Almendros de San Lorenzo is located in the colonial town of Suchitoto, overlooking Suchitlan Lake, 1 hour from San Salvador. The hotel occupies an old colonial house with 12 comfortable rooms and suites. ...

    Almendros de San Lorenzo is located in the colonial town of Suchitoto, Almendros de San Lorenzo is located in the colonial town of Suchitoto, overlooking Suchitlan Lake, 1 hour from San Salvador. The hotel occupies an old colonial house with 12 comfortable rooms and suites. The hotel is also a collection of antiques, modern art, a private library with piano, classical patio with large corridors, tropical garden with swimming pool and gourmet restaurant.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Library
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Indigo Workshop - Suchitoto City Tour

Today you will learn about Indigo and enjoy Suchitoto, one of El Salvador's colonial towns. Its name means the place of the Flower Bird. You 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.

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 Cuscatlan (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. You will learn the process of indigo as well as art techniques used on clothing as you experiment in designing your own scarf.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Volcanoes National Park - Flower Route

Depart from Suchitoto 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, you will walk around its extinct crater providing breathtaking views of Izalco and Santa Ana and Coatepeque Lake.

Transfer to Flower Route for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Santa Leticia

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    Hotel Santa Leticia



    Santa Leticia is a mountain lodge located on the Flower Route, 1 hour 15 minutes from San Salvador. The lodge is characterized by its excellent service and quality. It is surrounded by coffee plantations and it has its own archaeological site. It has very comfortable ...

    Santa Leticia is a mountain lodge located on the Flower Route, 1 hour 15 minutes from San Salvador. The lodge is characterized by its excellent service and quality. It is surrounded by coffee plantations and it has its own archaeological site. It has very comfortable weather due to the altitude. Therefore, no AC is needed in the rooms. Hotel Santa Leticia features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, Wireless internet access at lobby and dining room. Recreational amenities include 2 swimming pools and a ropes course.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Flower Route Towns - Zip Line Tour

The Flower Route 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, also offers crafts, coffee tours, charming towns, markets, and adventure options.

You will visit a coffee plantation and if the tour is done within coffee season (DEC-MAR), you will be able to collect coffee yourself alongside the locals. After this experience, a guided tour will explain each step of the coffee process. Travelers will be able to buy coffee products and crafts as souvenirs. You will enjoy lunch in a charming restaurant of the area.

In the afternoon, travelers will be able to enjoy adventure options such as horseback riding, mountain bike, ATV tour, or a zip line tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

El Imposible National Park - San Salvador

El Imposible was established as a National Park in 1989. The name El Imposible comes from the sharply broken topography and its variable altitude ranging from 300 to 1,450 meters above sea level throughout its 3,800 hectares. It is a tropical dry forest (or tropical mountain forest) and considered endangered. It contains the largest number of wild flora and fauna species in the country: 500 species of trees, 500 butterflies, 30 big sized mammals, 270 different migratory birds and 13 species of fish since 7 rivers born within the reserve.

Transfer to San Salvador.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Barcelo San Salvador

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    Barcelo San Salvador



    Welcome to the Barcelo San Salvador hotel, conveniently located within the business district of San Salvador and only 45 minutes from El Salvador International Airport. Enjoy easy access to numerous city and state government offices and many popular local attractions.

    Welcome to the Barcelo San Salvador hotel, conveniently located within the business district of San Salvador and only 45 minutes from El Salvador International Airport. Enjoy easy access to numerous city and state government offices and many popular local attractions.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Pets Accepted
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Depart San Salvador

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Indigo workshop
  • Volcano adventure
  • Coffee plantation visit
  • Zip line tour
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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