El Salvador is truly a hidden gem for vacationers who are lucky enough to experience it firsthand. It has everything you could want: spectacular beaches and vistas, unparalleled arts and culture, and unique experiences including coffee and nature tours. Join us as we highlight some of the hidden treasures we love about El Salvador.
Suchitoto is a small Spanish colonial town that offers visitors a wealth of activities. Walk the cobblestone streets as you explore the art and culture of the area. Visit museums, art galleries, and Santa Lucia Church, the premier example of colonial architecture. In the square surrounding Santa Lucia Church browse the numerous vendors and artists selling desserts and handcrafted products. If you want to see more of the area, take a boat tour of Lake Suchitlan and visit “Bird Island”, it features hundreds of exotic birds.
Joya de Cerén is an ancient archeological site that is often referred to as the “Pompeii of the Americas.” A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the ruins of a Mayan farming village that was buried by a volcano around 600 A.D. For those looking to explore their El Salvadorian roots and learn about what daily life was like for early villagers, this is the perfect place for you.
The Coffee Route is a must-do for any coffee lover who wants to see how coffee makes it from exotic hillsides to your kitchen. Explore how Arabica beans are harvested, dried, and toasted to consistently brew the perfect cup. A guide will take you along the route that includes hiking through coffee forests and touring a coffee processing plant where you can sample a fresh cup.
El Imposible National Park is a tropical forest brimming with an incredible diversity of wildlife and unparalleled scenic beauty for nature lovers to discover. 25 rangers and 20 local tour guides are available at the park to assist you in taking advantage of the extensive camping, hiking, and birdwatching opportunities available.
Juayúa, a small town nestled in the mountains, has a lot to offer visitors. Famous for the food festival it hosts every weekend, it offers an impressive array of cultural and culinary options. If you would like an adventure, there are waterfalls and swimming pools located just 30 minutes from town.
If you are looking for a beautiful sandy beach and aquatic activities, this is the place for you. Costa del Sol offers boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, fishing, and horseback riding to beachgoers. If you are visiting with a group, you can even rent a yacht and cruise in the crystal clear waters.
For surfers, Punta Roca is an essential stop on any trip to El Salvador. Featuring some of the best waves in all of Central America, it is a surfing haven. Visiting during the week will ensure a quieter atmosphere where you can hire a local surf instructor to help you get the most out of your visit.
From national parks to archaeological sites, and coffee tours to surfing beaches, El Salvador will surely blow away your expectations and set the bar for what you expect from a vacation. Exploring these treasures will leave you with a taste of all El Salvador has to offer and a desire to see even more of this incredible country.