Get a feel for the magic of El Salvador by arriving to the capital of this tiny country. See the best sights in the city and visit the nearby Boqueron National Park on top of the San Salvador Volcano to immerse yourself in a pristine natural environment with local flora and fauna. Then transfer to El Tunco, a tiny seaside town where you can try your luck at surfing with a local instructor before returning to San Salvador where your adventure will end.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: San Salvador Bus Terminal Pickup
You will be picked up at the bus terminal upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation in downtown San Salvador. Enjoy the rest of the day to get settled in and enjoy the city. Go out on your own to explore the town.
Day 2: San Salvador City Tour & El Boqueron National Park - Transfer to El Tunco (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and then get picked up at 9:00 am by your bilingual local guide for a full-day San Salvador City Tour. Visit the main sites in San Salvador's historical city center like the Holy Savior Metropolitan Cathedral, El Rosario Church, the National Theatre, Gerardo Barrios Park and the former governmental headquarters at the Palacio Nacional. At approximately 11:00 am you will be transferred to the San Salvador Volcano crater where you will visit the Boqueron National Park. The name ‘Boqueron’ means wide mouth appropriate for the 450 metre deep and 5 kilometre wide dormant crater whose last eruption was in 1917. Admire stunning vistas from scenic overlook points on the hike and take as many photos as you can. Keep an eye out for local flora and fauna during your hike like the Torogoz, El Salvador’s national bird, foxes, butterflies, toucans, tepescuintles, orchids and other exotic tropical flower species. Bring some extra cash along with you for a well-deserved meal at a local restaurant before returning to San Salvador to connect with your transfer to El Tunco.
Upon arrival you will have time to make yourself at home at the cozy Hostel Makoi in this tiny seaside village. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing in the laidback atmosphere with hammocks and a handy kitchen for guests to use as they please. Have dinner on your own tonight and try a tasty fresh-caught seafood meal on the beach, then chill out by night with new friends.
Day 3: 1-hour Surfing Lesson - Transfer to San Salvador
Have a great day today as you try your luck at surfing and catching the perfect wave with a 1-hour surfing lesson. Test your skills and endurance as you paddle out and try to balance as you stand up right as a wave comes past. Use the skills you learned from your local teacher to catch as many waves as you can. If you still have some energy left after your lesson, you can spend the rest of the day on your own perfecting your skills. Later, say goodbye to your new friends and surf instructors as you catch a transfer back to San Salvador, where this amazing adventure will come to an end.
Note: Please be aware that transportation in El Salvador is often informal and unregulated. Drivers may try to squeeze in few more passengers than allowed to gain extra income. But rest assured that this is culturally very normal and that they will always get you safely to your destination.