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Signature El Salvador: Revolutionary road trip

11 days from £2,450pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

El Salvador

  • El Salvador

Overview & Highlights

A unique opportunity to explore a rising star in Central America with forest-clad hills, volcanoes, quiet colonial towns, world-famous Pacific surf and exceptionally friendly people.

 This holiday includes some remote rural areas where the friendly guides and general tranquillity will soon set you at ease. It's a broad-based trip, including gentle outdoor activities as well as visits to highlights by car and boat, delivering an authentic experience of the cultural as well as the natural richness and variety of the republic. 

Owing to its complicated recent history El Salvador has yet to establish itself as a sought-after tourist destination, but this is one of its attractions: you will find truly unspoilt landscapes and a genuine welcome from the local population. It’s a small country, easy to get around by land and you’ll be distracted from some uneven road surfaces by the captivating scenery through which you will pass. Outstanding, both literally at metaphorically, are the dominant volcanoes which stud the countryside – you’ll get to view the cones of el Boquerón, Santa Ana and Izalco as you visit national parks established between areas of , richly fertile, intensively farmed farming country peppered with coffee plantations. Also in the rugged interior you’ll drive along the famed “route of the flowers”, drop in on preserved colonial artisan towns such as Suchitoto and little-visited Mayan archaeological sites. The coast is not neglected, with a boat trip on the Gulf of Fonseca and a short time to view the surfing on a Pacific beach.

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  • El Boquerón volcano
  • El Tazumal archaeological site
  • Route of the Flowers excursion
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Cerro Verde National Park visit
  • Chocolate plantation tour
  • Pupusa workshop – making El Salvador’s national dish
  • Half day boat trip on the Gulf of Fonseca with lunch
  • Perkin: Peace Museum
  • Perkin: local hike
  • Perkin: El Monzote visit
  • Joya de Cerén archaeological site
  • Cinquera National Park walk
  • San Salvador city tour
  • La Libertad fish market and lunch

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