EL SALVADOR NATURE AND CULTURE

(6 days / 5 nights)

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO EL SALVADOR

Reception at the international airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.

DAY 2: CITY TOUR AND MUSEUMS

Am visit the historical centre of San Salvador, visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral, in whose crypt are buried 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. Later we will go towards the La Puerta del Diablo (the Devil´s Gate), a rocky formation with an interesting panoramic view. We will visit La Plaza de las Américas where the monument to the patron saint of El Salvador is located, and then we will go to the National Handicrafts Market. Later we will go to the volcano of San Salvador. After lunch we will visit the following musseuns: The National Museum of Anthropology, located close to the Zona Rosa. We will be able to appreciate a valuable collection of pieces of the Preclassic Age (1500 B.C. – 250 A.C.) as well as relics of the colonial time. Later we will move to the MARTE Museum, one of the main centres of art in the country, on whose walls works of recognized great artists like Siqueiros, Picasso, Dali, Cartier – Bresson and the most important Salvadorans have been exhibited. We will continue to the art galleries, the Pinacoteca being our first stop. The Blue and White gallery maintains a monthly exhibition by various artists. Late afternoon transfer to the hotel. (B-L)

DAY 3: VOLCANOES COMPLEAX AND COATEPEQUE LAKE

For nature lovers we’ll visit the Cerro Verde National Park located at a height of 2035 meters above sea level. We will follow footpaths around the crater of the Cerro Verde volcano, with beautiful panoramic views of the Ilamatepeque volcano and Izalco volcano which was also known by sailors as the lighthouse of the Pacific, because in the past its eruptions guided vessels to the Salvadoran coast. Later we will go to the Lake of Coatepeque, going for a boat trip on its calm waters, and at the end of our route we will have lunch in a restaurant in the area. Late afternoon return to the hotel. (B)

DAY 4: MAYAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR

We will go to the Joya de Cerén, an indigenous Mayan village, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Then we will travel to San Andrés Archaeological Site , a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre where we will be able to appreciate several semi-uncovered structures (pyramids) and visit the museum where we will discover the Mayan legacy in pottery and wood artifacts as well as an explanation of how its people lived. We will continue our route towards the city of Santa Ana, to visit its historical centre, where we will be able to appreciate the gothic style Cathedral and later we will visit the National Palace and the Theater. We will then have lunch in a pleasant restaurant in the city. Later we will go to Chalchuapa, to visit the archaeological sites of Tazumal and Casa Blanca where we will see the largest indigenous pyramid discovered in El Salvador. At the end of afternoon we will return to the hotel in San Salvador.

DAY 5: EL IMPOSSIBLE FOREST RESERVE

AM departure to El Imposible Forest Reserve. Within the biosphere reserve of Apaneca – Lamatepec is the El Imposible National Park, the largest protected natural area with 3.800 hectares to explore, and great biological diversity with more than 1.000 species of plants and trees of El Salvador. This tour begins in the visitor’s center of Mixtepe where we will receive a small introduction about this incredible tropical forest. We will follow a route along footpaths with information boards, going deep inside the forest where we will see some stone-carvings like the Sealed Stone, which consists of a rock carved with more than 100 elements that include domes, butterflies and concentric circles and which is located in the canyon of the Guayaba River. We will also visit the site known as Los Enganches, an excellent place to refresh oneself in crystalline waters. We will take our lunch inside the park. Late afternoon, return to hotel. (B)

DAY 6: San Salvador

Breakfast and transfer to the airport. End of services
Included: Breakfast, 4 lunches, travel assistance, bilingual tourist guides, transportation, entrance fees to museums and art galleries.