The country has more than three hundred kilometers on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The waves of these beaches have the reputation of being the best in the world for surfing. Here you can find information on some popular places in the country for this activity.
› Surfing on El Tunco Beach
The highest waves occur in the rainy season between May and October. However, in March and April they are very good too. If you are a beginner, there are instructors on the beach who, after a not very ostentatious instruction, will allow you to start mastering the waves with your board. It is normal in this beach to find a good number of visitors practicing surfing and a party atmosphere, which makes the experience more pleasant. You will find the beach forty-seven kilometers from San Salvador.
› El Zonte Beach
This is another popular surfing destination. It is a less visited beach, and there is not a party atmosphere all the time, like in other places. However, the waves are excellent for surfing and more for beginners, as there are more moderate waves.
You find more spaces on the beach to relax and sunbathe here. Hotel and restaurant prices are much more comfortable, as are surf lessons and board rentals. It is located forty-eight kilometers from the capital city.
The country has a chain of mountains and volcanoes ideal for hiking. Santa Ana Volcano is one of the most popular. Upon reaching its summit at 2,381 masl, you will see a beautiful lava lake in its crater. The color of the lava changes with the sunlight between turquoise and blue.
The tour lasts around four hours, so an average level of physical fitness is required. It is advisable to plan the trip with a professional guide for your safety. The volcano is located sixty-two kilometers from the capital.
Extreme Adventures – Rappel, Caving, Hiking and Zipline:
Near the capital, there is the option to practice all these adventures in one place, ‘The Devil’s Door’. It is a mountain with impressive rock formations and a cliff. You can hike in this place and choose your level of difficulty. The ascent begins on stairs made of stone until you reach the top of the cliff.
Being at this level, you choose the adventure. Canopy – fly by the cables suspended from the zip line. Rappel – descend the mountain through jumps in the rocks with a cable that holds you. Also, you can enjoy caving near the mountain. Just fifteen kilometers from San Salvador is one of the tours that you can choose when you visit the city.
For Nature Lovers
For visitors who like to explore the natural beauties and get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, this country offers you very good options. Below you can read about a couple of them.
› The Seven Waterfalls Adventure
If you are a lover of adventures in nature hiking, climbing and swimming, a tour of the seven waterfalls cannot be missing from your trip list. At least a medium level to a high level of fitness is required, due to the possible difficulty you will face. You will be hiking through nature on a four-hour journey, including mountaineering, to reach the waterfalls.
Altogether there are seven waterfalls, each with a different level of climbing difficulty, rock difficulty and incline level. A dip in the crystal clear water of the waterfalls can not be missed. It is compensation for the hard work to reach them.
Tourists from different parts of the world marvel at this tour of natural beauty and enjoy challenging themselves on these adventures. The usual thing is to finish the tour in Los Chorros de la Calera. These are waterfalls that go down the mountain and supply natural swimming pools. This entire route of natural beauty is located eighty-six kilometers from the capital city.
› Journey Through the Impossible National Park
A visit that you cannot miss on a trip to El Salvador to practice hiking, swimming and mountaineering is located in this national park. This is an intermediate level walk in a tropical forest. On the way you will find a diversity of plants and trees, in addition to many animal species, such as toucans and white-tailed deer.
The trails will take you through rivers of very clean water where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. The name of this beautiful park is due to the fact that previously it was impossible to cross the mountain by horse or mule. The park is located in the west of the country one hundred and twenty kilometers from the capital.
The country offers you visits to very beautiful colonial cities. The architecture and shops of these beautiful cities give the feeling that you are in the Colonial Era.
› Colonial City – Suchitoto
This town is called the cultural capital of El Salvador, and you can choose a tour of it. Its origins date back to the fifteenth century. It has perfectly preserved colonial-style buildings and stone-paved streets. The cafes and restaurants you find are in the same colonial style.
Do not miss a visit to the Don Alejandro Coto House Museum. It is recommended for its beautiful and valuable works of art. Suchitoto is located forty-eight kilometers from the capital.
› Route of the Flowers
This pleasant journey will take you through the Apaneca Mountain Range. You will be passing through picturesque villages where you can admire the architecture of their houses and buildings. Traditions, handicrafts, popular markets and delicious gastronomy are some of the things you will enjoy on this tour.
It is a good way to get to know the country’s culture and have a very pleasant relaxing time. The towns along the route of the flowers are located in the west of the country, eighty-six kilometers from San Salvador.
The country offers visitors tours of its archaeological sites. You will find several Mayan tours where you will be able to admire magnificent structures and vestiges of the ancient Mayan world. Below you will find information for your trip to El Salvador about some Mayan cities.
› Joya de Ceren
You must schedule a visit to this archaeological site on your trip to this country. The information you need to know is that this Mayan site is very special because it represents what the daily life of the Mayans was like. An eruption buried the site in 600 A.D. In it you will find municipal-type structures and even toilets.
You can also admire an exhibition of ceramics, textiles, utensils and more representing the daily life and commerce of the ancient Maya. This archaeological site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins are located thirty-three kilometers from the capital.
› Tazumal Ruins
This archaeological site has the best preserved ruins in the country. On the way, you will be able to admire Mayan ceremonial sites, tombs, pyramids, ball games and sacred sculptures. The ruins date from 100 AD; although its origins in the underground area of Chapualpa from 1200 BC. The Mayan city is located seventy-three kilometers from the capital.
Visit its Wonderful Churches
Without a doubt one of the greatest tourist places in the country is its magnificent churches, samples of the devotion of the inhabitants. Below you will find information about some of them.
› Visit El Rosario Church
It is well known for being a true work of art. Its shape looks like that of an aircraft hangar. The multicolored crystals on its ceiling at dusk filter the light and form a rainbow leading to the church altar. It has sculptures of the twelve stages of the cross, designed with metal. You can visit this church before the religious services begin, before four in the afternoon. It is located in the capital city.
› Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Here is another recommended visit on your trip to El Salvador. Undoubtedly the beauty of its neo-Gothic architecture originated in the 17th century. The church has been standing for over a hundred years and withstood a strong earthquake in 1917. Visiting the church is allowed when there is no service. The basilica is located in the capital of the country.