Places to visit in San Salvador

Top Things to Do in San Salvador, El Salvador

Places to Visit in San Salvador


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Top Attractions in San Salvador

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What travellers are saying

  • Julie S
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a unique and interesting church. The architecture is really special. The stations of the cross are sculptures.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • MyLasVegasVIP
    Las Vegas, Nevada, United States12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring this location offers a pleasant experience. However, the journey up the volcano poses some challenges due to the narrow, winding roads and the swift movement of local cars and buses. Upon reaching the summit, parking becomes a potential hassle due to limited space, resulting in a congested area that complicates turning around or finding a spot. The absence of an official structured traffic control system and visitor guidance adds to the chaos. If you manage to secure parking, the next step involves a walk to the entrance, where admission is free, and the ascent to the summit begins.

    You don’t need a guide for this. Just your own transportation to the top.
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • john o
    Huntsville, AL9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very unique archaeological site. One of the curators at the museum was very kind and gave me walk around the site and told me all about it. This is the only village of this size that can be seen today and was discovered by accident in the 1980s I believe, definitely worth a visit.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Ahmed Z
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views were nice there was a rave on the top of the mountain and will definitely be back. I love this country because of this place.
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • orange-u-tall
    Henderson, NV826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although it is difficult to rate art, the experience at the museum was a very good one indeed. We were impressed by the pieces of art inside, as well as the exterior design of the museum.

    It was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, UK2,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited whilst on day trip to capital. Interesting cathedral with lots of history. Not sure about some of the ceiling painting. Look up and you’ll see what I mean
    Go in the vaults below for real history
    Written 27 April 2023
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  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, FL21,657 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was definitely the spot to be at night, as there were so many restaurants and bars everywhere. The atmosphere was very cool, and it felt safe all around.
    Written 4 December 2020
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  • Athena53
    Kansas City, MO1,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this museum my first day before I joined an organized tour of the area. It was a good place to start learning about the history.

    I could have spent the whole time in the room with early musical instruments and the beautiful recordings of the instruments being played!

    About half the information was translated into English although the slightly darker print against a black background sometimes made it harder to read.

    There was a good section on the incorporations of Africans brought to the area as slaves.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • Anita
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    To visit the site of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero and to hear of great his concern for social justice even unto giving his life for the poorest citizens of his country was extremely moving!
    Written 7 January 2019
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  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, UK2,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a tour with a very knowledgeable guide who spoke perfect English. Lots of history and plenty to see in the rooms. They are doing loads of renovations. The garden are is lovely
    Highly recommend
    Written 27 April 2023
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  • Rae J
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The botanical garden tucked away in a valley in a residential area of a little mountain village was gorgeous and the tour was fascinating. Our guides were exceptionally engaging—and very funny. We learned so much about the environment. Our visit here was a highlight of our trip.

    The owner is an expert on orchids and was instrumental in creating a program that saved the ruby throated hummingbirds in the area affected by a major earthquake several years ago. This was very important because it’s the only hummingbird in the Eastern US and it winters here.

    The number of birds there was impressive, including nests of motmots.

    A must visit on the way to Poas volcano or if staying in San Jose.
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN4,967 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip to the top of Volcan San Salvador and El Boqueron National Park is a must if visiting San Salvador. It is a 30 minute Uber ride from the Zona Rosa area of San Salvador. Make sure you arrange for the driver to wait or return as there is no cell service at the top. It is a short mildly strenuous hike from the parking lot to the overlooks of the crater at the top of the volcano. We spent about 30-40 minutes hiking at the top. Great views of San Salvador from the road up to the top. Plenty of restaurants and cafes with spectacular views along the road to the volcano and at the top.
    Written 5 January 2022
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