Things to do in El Salvador

Top El Salvador Attractions

Things to Do in El Salvador

Top Attractions in El Salvador


What travellers are saying

  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1 407 contributions
    Wonderful experience. Rode an Uber up to the top. Make sure you arrange for your driver to wait since there is no cell service at the top of the volcano. Better yet invite him to hike with you as we did. It is a short mildly strenuous hike from the parking lot to the several overlooks at the top providing amazing views of San Salvador Volcano. We spent 30-40 minutes hiking. The drive up to Boqueron is also quite spectacular with great views of the city of San Salvador. There are also many restaurants and cafes along the way and at the top to grab a bite or a drink and shopping opportunities at the top with vendors selling souvenirs and locally made goods.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • Asim A
    Chicago, IL124 contributions
    This is a Church which should be on the list of all the tourist visiting El Salvador. My guide took me to this beautiful Church.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • Tara O
    Cork, Ireland15 contributions
    Amazing hike. Took 7:30am public bus (.70c) from Santa Ana la vencedora bus terminal and arrived at the entrance at 09:30. You cannot go up without a guide so guides wait at the entrance to take people up. Advertised time is 9am but they wait at least for the public bus to arrive. $3 for cerro verde park entrance and $6 for volcano hike entrance. You will see police on the trail to prevent robberies. Easy hike, takes ~1.5hrs due to regular stops. Amazing view of the lake and crater at the top.
    Written 28 March 2022
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  • packedandready2go
    California783 contributions
    Though the site is small compared to some other world famous ruins, it is well laid out. The ruins are well preserved and well displayed. As a bonus we saw some exotic birds while visiting the ruins.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • AfricaAtNewYears
    Island of Malta, Malta358 contributions
    Malecon impassable to the west due to construction. Early mornings show lots of fishing boat launches and preparing fish for drying.
    Written 17 March 2020
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  • Wei2Yue
    Montreal, Canada93 contributions
    Let me preface by saying that I usually dislike botanical gardens and parks that are within the city. While the Jardin Botanico in San Salvador wasn’t big I’ve spent an amazing 2 hours there. The garden is well kept with some smaller ponds as well. Lot’s of tropical plants and flowers, but the highlight is certainly the amount of animals, ranging from exotic birds to iguanas, lizards, turtles, agoutis and many more. I went during the week and it wasn’t crowded. I can highly recommend this small park to anyone interested in nature and animals.
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, FL19 375 contributions
    This was definitely the spot to be at night, as there were so many restaurants and bars everywhere. The atmosphere was very cool, and it felt safe all around.
    Written 4 December 2020
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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3 783 contributions
    El Sunzul is the next beach along from El Tunco and is a 20 minute walk down the road. There are a few nice hostels near here.
    The beach is a black sand beach and there are a lot of rocks to walk over before you get to the sand. There is a cave on one end of the beach which the ocean enters and recedes from with each passing wave.
    There are some restaurants along the beach, but the area was pretty quiet when we were there on a weekday afternoon. We enjoyed swimming here and watching the locals play beach soccer.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1 407 contributions
    After hiking Volcan Santa Ana, we stopped at one of the many restaurants overlooking this beautiful lake to have a drink Even though it was cloudy and the weather obscured the mountains and volcanoes in the distance, it was still a spectacular sight. Would love to return in the dry season and get out on a boat on the lake
    Written 13 January 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1 407 contributions
    Beautiful region. It was about a 90 min drive from San Salvador and I came up here on a personal guided tour with Centro America Tours. My guide Benjamin was excellent. The hike to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano was the highlight of my stay in El Salvador. My guide on the trail Herzon was great. 4 mile round trip hike that was moderately strenuous but beautiful views along the way including of the nearby Izalco Volcano. Sights and smells of the active volcano when we reached the top were awesome. Didn't see too much wildlife when visiting but it was midday. There is also an observation point with views of Lake Coatepque in the park. It was clouding up at this point in the afternoon but I could imagine this would be beautiful from photos that I've seen.
    Written 12 January 2022
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  • Julio E
    Littleton, CO26 contributions
    Love this place, used to come here when i was little, now i was able to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of the park and the food as well.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • Antonio M
    Copenhagen, Denmark45 contributions
    El Salvador has been known for its excellence in the production of coffee beans, later known in the newspapers for its horrific civil war, now also positions itself in the art world!
    The museum has a lot of artwork but unfortunately, all the descriptions are available only in Spanish. The souvenir shop is very small and we did not find any interpretations of the paintings such as postcards or magnets.
    Written 4 May 2020
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  • WhiteMouseBurrow
    Moscow, Russia2 343 contributions
    An impressive monumental building, it cannot be said that it is an architectural masterpiece, but it makes an impression. Unfortunately failed to get inside.
    Written 13 March 2020
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  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, NY768 contributions
    Went into a lancha (motor boat) to go into the center of the lake and learn about the history and feel the heat of the water where the magma underneath the lake still heats the lake (noticeably so). Plenty of restaurants and kids activities in this area as well.

    Restrooms are relatively clean - 25c/use.
    Written 4 June 2021
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  • MrF
    1 contribution
    Fresh cold water with lots of tiny fish nipping your feet. It’s a shame the recent storm destroyed it.
    Written 9 September 2020
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