San Salvador

Top 3 places to see and top 3 things to do in San Salvador (El Salvador)

  • By Alex S
  • Travel Tips
  • 01.05.2016

If you are planning a stop in the town of San Salvador in El Salvador, then be sure to see these interesting sights:
Jardín Botánico La Laguna
The Jardin Botanico La Laguna is a botanical garden sitting at the bottom of a volcanic crater. You can get there on the bus and then walk about one kilometer down to the garden area.
Museum of Popular Art
The Museum of Popular Art showcases El Salvador's contribution to Central American folk art. See the Sala Dominga Herrera, which defines the progression of ‘sorpresas,' which are tiny clay figures that are made and sold in neighboring Ilobasco. Herrera was the daughter of a ceramic doll maker. These figures showcase a profesion, domestic scene or a romantic interlude.
Palacio Nacional
This was the sight of the government headquarters before the shattering earthquake in 1986. It is made of Italian marble and you can walk around and see most of the 105 rooms.
Hike Up a Volcano
Come to the Parque Nacional el Boqueron to see San Salvador’s nearest volcano with a crater that is 4,920 feet (1,500 meters) wide, and located 5,905 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level. At the top you can get a thrilling view of the area.
Barra de Santiago
One of El Salvador's best beaches, this area is also a nature reserve for butterflies and birds. You can also go boating, kayaking, fishing, canoeing or explore the mangroves by boat.  
Canopy tour
If you don’t have a fear of heights, go on the remarkable Apaneca Canopy Tour, which takes you 150m (492ft) above the tropical forest where you get a fantastic bird's-eye view of the coffee plantations as you float over spectacular mountain scenery.