Things to do in Santa Ana

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Things to Do in Santa Ana

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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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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1 393 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 393 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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  • Kody G
    Denver, CO122 contributions
    Right in the main square of Santa Ana, the cathedral cannot be missed. With its ornate architecture, wandering around the inside was also interesting, even for those that are not particularly religious. We were there during mass, which made the experience that much better. There is a small shop right when you walk in to buy small souvenirs, if desired. Along with the theater and palace in this sqaure, I would recommend checking it out.
    Written 9 November 2021
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  • Tex V
    Fort Worth, TX42 contributions
    Went to a Latino 80's replay and the crowd was totally into it singing along, the show was entertaining. BUT the theater was incredible! The classic design, great acoustics, and the domed roof with amazing art! It is worth travelling to Sta Ana just for this.
    As it is right on the Central Park an afternoon or evening just being there with the locals is enchanting. I was fortunate enough to catch the 1st annual Pupuseada. See ya next year!
    Written 19 November 2019
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1 393 contributions
    Didn’t hike this volcano when visiting Cerro Verde National Park but did hike up Volcan Santa Ana and along the way had some incredible views of Izalco. My guide told me it’s a more difficult and steeper hike.
    Written 13 January 2022
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  • dakotamorton
    56 contributions
    I’ve been on other coffee tours before that we’re not even as close to as detailed in comparison to the tour at Finca ale Esperanza.

    Farm owner Eduardo really takes the time to show you every step of the process relating to coffee production on the farm.

    On top of all of that, he’s a really great guy and you can talk to him for hours. We shared some really good vibes and conversations late into the day; which began with some amazing pupusas, and finished with some very tasty desserts.

    Eduardo also took the time to talk about other ecology and plants, animals, that play into the coffee lifecycle on the property.

    The three varieties of coffee grown on the property are all very good, and you get to taste them via the pour-over method - right there at a little table on the farm.

    Moreover, he drove us up the Sahara Ana Volcano for some amazing views of the city of Sahara Ana and surrounding areas.

    He was kind enough to roast our favorite varieties that we sampled during the tour that evening, and then dropped the 1lbs bags at our hostel the next morning.

    Do not miss an opportunity to check out his farm! Thanks Eduardo!
    Written 19 March 2020
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  • Rene_pipp
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands51 contributions
    Very beuatiful quiet place in the middle of the market. Hard to believe something ruimed like this can look so pretty after all!
    Written 15 December 2018
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  • drea45
    El Salvador4 contributions
    Well, there are different events happening here. Depends on when you go. It changes. But it's very interesting to learn the history. Downstairs in the vault there are gold bars and the history of the money used.
    Written 21 November 2016
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  • Kody G
    Denver, CO122 contributions
    There are many wonderful natural attractions in El Salvador, but El Imposible makes you work for it. Although it's quite doable to drive there, it is quite challenging. First off, I would recommend having a 4x4 vehicle for the drive. Once pulling off the highway onto the road that winds it's way up to the park entrance, the road has many areas made of stone rather than pavement. It appears the stones were laid one by one to form the road, mostly on uphill/downhill areas. This makes for a very bumpy road, but also risks getting a flat tire. Unfortunately, we got a flat about halfway up, while driving our small rental car. After changing it, we went incredibly slow until we made it to the entrance. To this end, you should provide plenty of time to get up and down from the park entrance (probably should be the only thing you do that day). The parking was clear and there was a park ranger waiting at the top to give us instructions. We hiked down to the river then all the way to the top of Cerro Leon. It was a challenging hike, but mostly shaded by the trees. At the top, we were welcomed by nothing by clouds. We waited to see if it would pass, but a las, they did not. Not unexpected during the rainy season (we were there at the end of September). We didn't see another soul the whole time, so it felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. It did rain on us a little bit on the way down, but again, the dense trees provided a lot of protection. I would recommend this spot to other hiking enthusiasts, but be aware of the time and technical driving it takes to get here.
    Written 9 November 2021
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  • rapha_y_nici
    Zurich, Switzerland5 970 contributions
    It‘s basically a normal shopping mall but surprisingly big for Santa Ana. This is the place if you need to replace some simple electronic items or memory cards or whatever. Food court is the normal mall standard (kind of hidden on the backside of the mall). Starbucks available but the experience in a local coffee shop somewhere is more genuine! If I got it right, the international Tica bus leaves somewhere around this area. If you have to get there in the dark from somewhere in the city center and with luggage I would recommend to take a taxi!
    Written 25 January 2018
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  • rapha_y_nici
    Zurich, Switzerland5 970 contributions
    This lovely handicraft market is located just 1 block southeast of the main plaza (1 block to the south of the familiar supermarket in the southeastern corner of the plaza). The people are very friendly and welcoming as the Salvadorians are in general! Great to speak with them. The artesanias are nice and not the common things as might see in other countries. Definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately we didn‘t take pictures, but just visit it!
    Written 25 January 2018
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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3 783 contributions
    We stopped by this park to sit and eat lunch after purchasinga few things for street vendors in the street next to the park. Some of the street vendors have dedicated tables and chairs set up in the park for their customers. There's also some benches in the park and a rotunda in the centre.
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • Bianca M
    Bucharest, Romania3 contributions
    This company offers great services! I had to cross the border between Guatemala and El Salvador and the driver did everything he could to make sure we have an enjoyable and safe trip, plus he helped us with formalities at the border. I definitely recommend their services, they are fast, kind people and very reliable!
    Written 28 January 2022
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