VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS AND POOLS

One of the most beautiful and best kept getaways in El Salvador: a series of swimming pools with steamy hot waters from natural springs surrounded by a lush nature, coffee forest and geysers on the skirts of the volcanic Apaneca Mountain Range. This hot springs and gardens will make you feel good as new. Bring your best book and leave your stress drawn.
Part of a state-of-the-art coffee mill, this private Resort has a series of swimming pools with mineral rich waters from natural springs. Gardens, fountains, hammocks under the shade of the trees, the sound of running waters, singing birds, spa & massage and volcanic mud treatments plus a full bar and restaurant service will relax your body and mind.

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TAZUMAL, CASA BLANCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND SANTA ANA CITY

This two Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers. Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador.

The importance of Tazumal is the archeological site with evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. It was inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya, including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. Here you’ll visit the Site’s museum with ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures and made vitrified pottery since the Early Post Classic Period (900 – 1200 BC).

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HIKE GUAZAPA VOLCANO, GUERRILLA’S STRONGHOLD

Guazapa is en extinct volcano located North in San Salvador province, few kilometers West from Suchitoto.

It was during El Salvador Civil War when this place became a war zone. During the 80s this was the only guerrillas battlefront where the five branches of the Rebel Army fought together and was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Due the close distance from the Capital City, and because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels.
Some of those fighters and their families still live and work their lands on the skirts of the former battle field.

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KAYAKING

El Salvador is a great destination for kayaking enthusiasts, advanced or newbies: volcanic calderas, mangrove estuaries, rivers and wetlands are top on the list.
Enjoy the sun while sets on a line of volcanoes at Jiquilisco estuary or watch resident and migratory birds flocks at Suchitlán lake on one of the cleanest low impact ways of making tourism.
Pick your your destination: Coatepeque Lake, an ancient -still active- volcanic caldera; Suchitlán, the only man-made and largest lake in El Salvador; Jiquilisco bay and estuary, among the most important wetlands in the country: lush estuaries of mangrove with channels to explore or maybe La Barra de Santiago where is still common to spot some crocodile or a “machorra” fish, a living fossil or go down the flow on Lempa, the longest and most important river in El Salvador.

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MORAZÁN PROVINCE AND PERQUÍN, A GUERRILLA’S CAPITAL

“Where the wind whispers stories”.

The small mountain town of Perquín is home to the Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña. Here a former guerrilla fighter turned into Museum Guide will tell you the story from the perspective of the FMLN backed guerrilla army with exhibits of weapons, war trophies, important documents, photos and political propaganda posters used during the conflict. There is also a recreation of the clandestine Radio Venceremos transmission studio with some of the original equipment displayed.

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HIKE THE LEGENDARY CAYAGUANCA

The locals say is a meteorite embedded on one side of the hill. No matter the origin La Peña (Spanish for crag) de Cayaguanca is a great way to know one of the most scenic regions of El Salvador: Alotepeque-Metapán Mountain Range, right on the limits with Honduras, straight North San Salvador.
Start the hike from the colorful and traditional mountain village of San Ignacio. Walk through fincas, communities, milpas (corn fields) and see how real countryside is. Greet the friendly and tireless peasants while ascending on the sides of the hill towards this massive hump outlined on the landscape.

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HIKE SAN SALVADOR VOLCANO CRATER, “EL BOQUERÓN”

El Salvador is one of the countries in the world with more volcanoes per square kilometer. There’s around 26 volcanoes in the country.
San Salvador Volcano is the Westernmost limit of the city. Its crater, El Boquerón, raises 1,800 meters above sea level with depth of more than 400 meters. At the bottom of the crater is a small (45 meters high) cone of debris formed during the last eruption in 1917.
The trail we walk is mostly flat with few tricky sections where you must grab from rocks, roots or branches. Most of the time you’ll see the bottom of the crater and the steep drop, sometimes on a short distance. A really impressive view.

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JIQUILISCO BAY AND ESTUARY, RAMSAR WETLAND

Jiquilisco Bay is one of the richest marine eco-systems throughout Central America: the mangroves. This is a system of canals and islands where the “mangle” grows and play its role on the wetlands. Habitat for crocodiles, migratory and resident marine birds, crustaceans, turtles and even spider monkeys, this Protected Area is one of the natural jewels of El Salvador.
The largest mangrove system in the country and RAMSAR site. Here you can explore the canals on a kayak or motorboat watching traditional fishermen, birds or an occasional crocodile. Visit Punta San Juan, a peninsula where the estuary meets the ocean and one of the most secluded beaches. Or visit La Pirraya, a community of fishermen that happens to be one of the best Beach Soccer teams in the world. Do not want to miss the spider monkeys sanctuary or the cacao fields, base of some of the finest chocolates in the world (boat ride not included).

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GULF OF FONSECA

With an area of about 3,200 Km² the Gulf of Fonseca is shared by Honduras (North), Nicaragua (East), the Pacific Ocean (South) and El Salvador (West).
The group of islands in the Gulf is a worthy trip if you like the Ocean, sand, sun, boat rides, tranquility and nature, with views to deserted sandy beaches (some we’ll visit), sharp cliffs with caves formed by old lava ducts and volcanic formations.
We take a boat at La Unión and ride among the islands. With a little luck we’ll able to watch some marine wildlife such as sea turtles or humpback whales and the always present traditional fishermen.

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