Reception at the International Airport of El Salvador (Comalapa) and transfer to San Salvador. Overnight in San Salvador.
Today we will visit El Boquerón which is the name of the crater of San Salvador’s Volcano. Locals say that it has this name since the crater resembles a big mouth (boqueron = Big Mouth). At approximately 1,700 meters above sea level, it provides a cool climate in between 15 – 23 ºC. We will be able to walk to the edge of the crater and admire its beauty. Then we will continue to Suchitoto town, one of El Salvador’s colonial towns. Its name means the place of the Flower Bird. We will walk along the charming cobblestone streets surrounded by lovely old colonial homes. In the afternoon, we will experience an Indigo Workshop. Indigo is a natural colorant extracted from the Xiquilite plant. It was a very important element for the Mayans since they used it for magical/religious rituals, as a medical plant, for pottery, and for painting. El Salvador indigo, has always been recognized as top quality worldwide. We will learn the process of indigo as well as art techniques used on clothing as we experiment in designing our own scarf. Overnight in Suchitoto.
El Salvador is part of the Mayan World, and today we will visit its main archaeological site. Joya de Cerén was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, and it is known as the “Pompeii of the Americas”. This agricultural community was buried by the ashes of Volcano Caldera back in 600 AD. Thanks to the excellent preservation, this site allows us to witness the everyday lives of the Mesoamerican agricultures of such time period. There is also a comprehensive museum on site.
Then we will continue to Volcanoes National Park, where three amazing volcanoes (Izalco Volcano, Santa Ana Volcano and Cerro Verde) embrace beautiful Coatepeque Lake which fills a crater of another volcano. Izalco Volcano is one of the youngest volcanoes in America given that it was born in the 1700’s, whereas Santa Ana Volcano is thousands of years old. Izalco Volcano was known as the “Lighthouse of the Pacific” since its lava guided the ships on the Pacific Ocean Coast. No lava is currently flowing, but both volcanoes are still active since constant fumaroles are present. In Cerro Verde, located in the middle of the other two volcanoes, we will walk around its extinct crater providing breathtaking views of Izalco and Santa Ana Volcanoes and Coatepeque Lake.
After this, we will continue to the Flower Route, which is a coffee plantation area in the Western side of El Salvador. It is composed by 4 main towns and it has a comfortable weather due to the altitude. The towns are Nahuizalco, Juayua, Apaneca and Ataco. The region also offers amazing views of mountains and volcanoes. The region offers crafts, coffee tours, charming towns, markets, and adventure options. Overnight in Flower Route.
Today we will visit a coffee plantation and if the tour takes place within coffee season (DEC – MAR), we will be able to collect coffee along with the locals. After this experience, a guided tour will explain each step of the coffee process at the coffee mill. Travelers will be able to buy coffee products and crafts as souvenirs. Optional: travelers will be able to enjoy adventure options such as horseback riding, mountain bike, ATV tour, or a zip line tour. Afternoon we will return to San Salvador city. Overnight in San Salvador.
Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country.