Discover the natural beauty of El Salvador waterfalls, hot springs, and more. All around the “Flowers Route,” there are villages with coffee, lots of handicrafts, and gastronomical fairs. You will start your journey in the beautiful city of San Salvador, the most important city in the country.
From here you will follow your trip to Juayua, ideal for nature-lovers with waterfalls, hot springs. Enjoy horseback riding through Portezuelo Park and much more. You will also visit ‘Suchitoto’ and ‘Perquin’ where you will have a city tour, visit a sanctuary, and the Amushea School Project among other activities. The trip ends with some relaxing time in the Pacific Ocean.
Waterfalls in Juayua
El Boqueron National Park, Lake Coatepeque, Ruta de Las Flores, Joya de Ceren Archeological site, town of Suchitoto, Cinquera Reserve, an the Pacific Ocean.
Day 1. Arrival
A driver will welcome you at the International Airport of El Salvador and take you to your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival, you will have time to explore the beautiful city of San Salvador or enjoy the delicious food that the city offers in one of its restaurants. San Salvador is the capital of El Salvador and is the country’s most populated municipality, as well as its most important political, cultural, educational, and financial center.
The city is modern with wide boulevards and narrow streets, outdoor markets, high rising buildings, museums, monuments, and other cultural institutions. This city is set against the backdrop of the San Salvador volcano, which provides majestic views.
Day 2. National Park El Boqueron
Today, you will have a city tour of El Salvador and the National Park of El Boqueron. Go on an inspiring half-day excursion of the fabulous Boca Grande Volcano. Head into the historical center of San Salvador to see symbolic sights like the square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. See some of the most important monuments of the city, and the variation between metropolitan structures and relic architecture as you explore the bustling capital of the country.
We will move up to a height of 5,905 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level to ‘El Boquerón’, an imposing volcano whose gigantic mouth is the emblem of the city. Hike through the trails over the volcano and get a great look at the incredible crater, and the dramatic surrounding views.
Day 3. Lake Coatepeque
Today you will leave the charming city of San Salvador, continuing your journey to Lake Coatepeque. This Lake is located in the basin of a volcanic crater. The island in the center called Teopan was used as a spiritual retreat for ancient Mayan leaders. You will be amazed by the views of this Lake and you will see that this is one of the most beautiful places in El Salvador.
After lunch, the journey will continue to Juayua. On our way, we will stop and visit ‘Joya De Ceren’, the Pompeii of the Mayan culture, and San Andres, a ceremonial site with pyramid ruins and an archaeological museum. ‘Joya de Ceren’ is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country.
Day 4. Ruta de Las Flores
Today you will discover the towns of the ‘Ruta de Las Flores’ (The Flowers Route), amongst one of these towns you will explore ‘Juayua’, a village with coffee all around this area, lots of handcrafts, a Reptilandia Exhibit, and a gastronomical fair on the weekends. Additionally, you will visit the beautiful Waterfalls of ‘La Caldera’ which is a natural wonder in this town. It is a spring water source, with four waterfalls connected by tunnels, which collect the water and process electricity for the village.
Day 5. Santa Teresa
Today we take you to ‘Santa Teresa’ Thermals Spa which is a unique opportunity to enjoy nature. The thermals are filled with adventurous possibilities, some of which include: the geyser trail, hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and rock climbing. You will discover the marvelous power of nature and have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal pools and mud baths surrounded by beautiful gardens. In the afternoon you can go horseback riding at ‘Portezuelo’ Park. You will ride through coffee fields to the highest part of the property into the nebulous primary forest.
Day 6. Suchitoto
This morning you will continue your journey to Suchitoto, which overlooks Lake ‘Suchitlán’, a reservoir that can be visited by boat. The town is widely known throughout the country for its church and cobblestone roads. This city has a wide range of cultural activities such as art galleries, cultural centers, and handicrafts.
This city has a beautiful historic city center, which is the heart of Suchitoto. Here you will find a treasured past and a celebrated present-day cultural life. Today you will enjoy the town tour of Suchitoto. We will visit the Waterfall ‘Los Tercios’, the Arts For Peace Center, Cigar Ladies workshop, plazas and appreciate the beauty of the ‘Santa Lucia’ church.
Day 7. Cinquera Nature Reserve
Early in the morning, you will have a kayaking or boat tour in Lake Suchitlan to enjoy the beautiful views on the lake, a scenic, birding excursion – ideal for bird-lovers. The lake is a bird migration zone with over 100 species. During this excursion, you will get the opportunity to enjoy the dazzling views of the sunrise on the lake. Laker, we take you to the ‘Cinquera’ Natural Reserve. This hike is a 2.5-hour hike inside the Natural Reserve. You will also visit the colonial ruins of ‘Indigo’, guerrilla campsites, viewpoints, and you will have swimming time at a Waterfall.
Day 8. Virgin Sanctuary
In the morning you will give a final goodbye to the delightful city of Suchitoto to continue your journey to ‘Perquin’. This town was the FMLN (The National Liberation Front) headquarters 20-30 years earlier during El Salvador’s civil war; its leftover bunkers and bomb craters are evidence of the former guerrilla presence.
Today we will visit the Virgin Sanctuary on top of a hill with a magnificent view of Crater Lake; the largest crater volcano lake which is over 15 kilometers wide! Afterward, we will have lunch and continue our journey to ‘Perquin’, including a short visit to a Sugar Cane Mill along the way. During this short visit, you will be able to see the process from sugar cane to candy in a handcrafted way.
Day 9. Perquin
Perquin’ is a small village featuring mountain cabins and a fresh climate. This village is also home to the best guerrilla war museum in the country. In the morning we will visit a School project built by an American to promote English and better study opportunities for local boys and girls. After visiting this project, we will discover the ‘Mozote’ Massacre site. In the afternoon, we will visit the warfare museum.
Day 10. Pacific Ocean
Today you follow your journey to the beach of ‘El Cuco’, which is about a 2.5-hour drive. The Pacific Ocean of the country is the perfect place to escape and is known by the locals as one of the best beaches. Enjoy lunch at the beach and a free afternoon to relax or take the opportunity instead to go surfing, kayaking, or fishing.
Day 11. Mangrove Kayaking
The beach is a flat sandy beach with some of the best surf spots close by as well as turtle and bird saving projects and mangroves. Today we take you to go kayaking to the mangroves, which is a half-day paddle trip.
Day 12. Free day
You will have a free day to enjoy the dazzling dark sand volcanic beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Today you can enjoy this beautiful beach and participate in the optional Gulf boat ride day trip.
Day 13. Alegria Lagoon
Today you will transfer from the beach back to San Salvador, stopping in the Lagoon of ‘Alegria’ for lunch. The lagoon is, according to the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral, “The Emerald of the Americas.” The crater lagoon has an emerald color with mineral mud on its shore. We will visit the village and walk around the park.
Day 14. Return home
Not ready to go home just yet? If you would like to extend your holiday, try combining your El Salvador Trip with one of our other travel packages. Continue your travels through Honduras. Perhaps you would like to start your trip with Spanish language lessons in Guatemala. Contact one of our knowledgeable agents to begin customizing your tour package today.
14 days & 13 nights
$2,400 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
13 nights accommodation in small boutique hotels
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
Price varies by group size
Not included: flights, travel insurance and other expenses than indicated