(6 days / 5 nights)
DAY 1: EL SALVADOR
Reception at the international airport and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 2: CITY TOUR
AM city tour, beginning in the historic centre of San Salvador, visiting the National Palace, the Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral, where there is a crypt with the remains of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, then we will go to see a relief map of El Salvador located in the Military History Museum in the El Zapote barracks. Then we go to La Puerta del Diablo (the Devil´s Gate) an impressive rocky formation with an interesting panoramic view. We will visit the residencial area of Santa Elena and the Plaza de las Américas where the monument to the patron saint of El Salvador is located. We will finish the route in the National Handicrafts Market. Return to the hotel and free afternoon. (B)
DAY 3: SUCHITOTO COLONIAL
We will head towards the beautiful city of Suchitoto “Place of birds and flowers” (its name in the Nahuatl language), where the capital of El Salvador was first founded. We will visit the church of Santa Lucia, built in 1853, which is one of the main attractions of Suchitoto due to its original style which is composed of neo-classical and barroque elements, amongst others. Then we will continue our route to the outskirts of the city to enjoy the variety of flora and fauna of the lake. We will take a boat trip to have a close view of the habitat of different migratory birds. Return to hotel in San Salvador. (B)
DAY 4: SUCHITOTO
Departure from the hotel to enjoy a farmer´s style breakfast at the Hacienda Los Nacimientos located on the outskirts of Suchitoto. Here we invite you to enjoy a real ecotourism experience, to discover the scent of the countryside walking amongst fruit trees and ancestral indigo plantations. We wil taste homemade wines produced from cashew nut fruit, as well as the hibiscus plant. We will explore the farm, its indigo plantations and the processing plant where the seeds that our ancestors called “blue gold” are treated.
At the end of the tour we will have a lesson about dyeing clothes with indigo. Return to Suchitoto and hotel, afternoon @ leisure (B)
DAY 5: CIHUATAN AND MIRAMUNDO
Departure for Cihuatán that in Nahuatl means “next to the woman” a name that makes reference to the silhouette of a resting woman which can be seen on the Guazapa mountain. Cihuatán was a ceremonial centre whose main visible structure is a ball game court 60 meters in length by 35 meters at its base, all made of stone. This it is the only court which has been uncovered where this ceremonial game was played. Cihuatán was constructed between 900 and 1200 A.C. and was a regional capital, route of passage for the pilgrims going to Copán, in Honduras. In the museum located in the interior of this archaeological park, drawings and photographs of the history of the place as well as the most recent artifacts found can be observed. We continue our route towards the forest reserve of Miramundo at 2400 mts. above sea level, in a calm agricultural zone with an average temperature of 12º C . We will walk between plantations of strawberries and lettuces or beside the refreshing Sumpul River. Then we will make our way back to the town of La Palma, founded in 1815. During the armed conflict (1980-1992) La Palma became the centre of world-wide attention since the façade of the church was the scene where the peace talks between the government and the guerrilla began. Since then it is known as the cradle of peace. We will be able to appreciate the “naif” art which consists of representing moments of the daily rural life and the typical flora and fauna elaborated on seeds of copinol.
Return to San Salvador, Late afternoon return.
DAY 6: SAN SALVADOR
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
Included: Breakfast, travel assistance, transportation, entrance to archeological parks, dyeing clothes with indigo lessons, taxes, bilingual tourist guide.