Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano

Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano

Explore the highlights of the city with a native guide of San Salvador.
Visit major historical spots, main avenues, commercial and residential districts, sightseeing landmarks and monuments that commemorate relevant historical figures and events.

Many public buildings in El Centro were made during years of splendor of coffee exports, with a mix of architectural styles.
Since the recent renovation Downtown is nicer and safer than ever to walk. Many businesses are boosting up and it has become "the place to be".

Walk the streets learning details of events that occurred on this very place over almost 500 years of history and the people that took part in it. From colony to Independence. From the Federation to the Coffee Republic. From military regimes to democracy. From repressions to big celebrations and presidential inaugurations.

On the afternoon visit a local market (you can have lunch here) followed by a walk in the cloud forest at El Boquerón Nat. Park, on San Salvador volcano.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Iglesia El Rosario, 6a Avenida Parque Libertad, San Salvador El Salvador

One of the most intriguing buildings of San Salvador downtown and a must-see for any visitor to the city.
Finished in 1971 El Rosario is the pièce de résistance of the architect/sculptor Rubén Martínez: a brutalist temple wich is also a mind blowing piece of art. The contrast of the gray facade and the colorful interior, the use of space, the large and small details and all those hidden stories make El Rosario one of the places you must see in your life.
This place is not only a landmark but also a major historical spot. It was Declared Historical Site in 1973 by the National Congress.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Plaza Libertad, San Salvador El Salvador

This is the oldest public square of San Salvador, dating back from the second foundation of San Salvador in the 1545, surrounded by important civil and religious buildings.
It was in this city where the independence process of Central America started and Plaza Libertad pays honor to the Founding Fathers that led this major historical event.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: National Theater San Salvador, Calle Delgado avenida monseñor Romero, in fornt of Plaza Morazán, San Salvador El Salvador

Built over a hundred years ago this elegant neoclassical theater is the center of the performing arts in the city.
This theater and the Plaza Morazán square across the street were part of the renovation of San Salvador Downtown few years ago.

(Guided visits into the theater upon request and availability).

Stop At: Catedral Metropolitana, San Salvador El Salvador

The most important church in El Salvador for the catholic community, this is also the seat of the Archbishop of San Salvador. In its crypt lays the body of Saint Óscar Romero.
The current temple is the third in this location after the previous two were destroyed by earthquakes and fires. Along 40 years of construction it was silent witness of many historical events. From passionated speeches delivered by Óscar Romero to military repressions. And from celebrations to presidential inaugurations in Main Square, across the street.
Plaza Gerardo Barrios is the heart of the city. Flanked by historical buildings this is the Main Square of the city and a gathering place for Salvadorans.
Learn about historical events and stories of the people that built this city while you walk in the recently renovated streets of El Centro.
Have a coffee or talk to the locals. There's always something worthy to discover in downtown.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Plaza Barrios, San Salvador El Salvador

San Salvador Main Square or Plaza Cívica is the heart of the city.
Silent witness of some of the most important historical events for almost 500 years, from colony to present and surrounded by major iconic buildings.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: National Palace, 4a Calle Poniente Plaza Libertad, San Salvador El Salvador

The seat of central government during the splendor years of the Coffee Republic. A magnificent building, rich in details and history featuring a mix of architectural styles from Neoclassical to Renaissance.

Stop At: San Salvador, San Salvador, San Salvador Department

Sightseeing drive across main streets and avenues, major monuments, landmarks, commercial and residential districts while learning the history and stories of events and the people that built this nation.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, San Salvador El Salvador

A short stop on a viewpoint overlooking San Salvador city, downtowns and the mountains and volcanos around the metropolitan area.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Calle al Parque Nacional El Boqueron, San Salvador El Salvador

Take a walk in the cloud forest to reach the miradores overlooking the second widest crater of any volcano in El Salvador.
Parque Nacional El Boquerón sits on the rim of this massive crater of 1600 m across and 400 m deep. At the bottom raises a small cone of debris formed during the last eruption, known as El Boqueroncito.
This park is near the city and makes a pleasant turn from the busy city below.
The facilities includes lookouts and an interpretation center
Distance walked: 600 m on dirt trails and some steps carved on the ground.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Antiguo Cuscatlan, Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad Department

Few things are more representative of a country than local markets with the vendors, the fresh products, flowers, fruits, groceries and, of course, local food.
We make a stop at the Mercadito de Antiguo to enjoy a home-style lunch. Here, where the locals eat.

Duration: 1 hour

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Stroller accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Infant seats available"
"Transportation is wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"I'M COVID-19 FULLY VACCINATED and Certified on Safety Protocols by local authorities (MiTur, CORSATUR and OSN). First Aid trained by the Salvadoran Red Cross. First Aid Kit always at hand."

Hora de Inicio: 09:00 AM
Duración: 6 To 7 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
For departures outside San Salvador Metropolitan Area (e.g. airports, beach resorts, international borders, bus stations) a supplement may apply.

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Offerings to churches on your behalf (sustainable tourism is key)
  • Admissions to public and private attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia El Rosario
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional El Boqueron

No Incluye

  • Souveniers
  • Gratuities (voluntary)
  • Bottled water - In order to reduce plastic waste I no longer include bottled water. Consider bringing your own reusable bottle.
  • Lunch - You can enjoy a local delicacy at Antiguo Cuscatlán Market. Eat what locals eat!


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