Lake Coatepeque, is located between the municipalities of Santa Ana, El Congo and Izalco, about 50 kilometers from San Salvador. It is a volcanic caldera, with an approximate area of 6,500 ha. Of which 2,500 are for the body of water (approximately 25 km2) in the basin live more than 20,000 people, plus a monthly average of 5,000 tourists visiting the lake.
The cradle of art and culture of El Salvador
Suchitoto is a historic colonial city in El Salvador, with cobblestone streets, colonial houses, rich cultural traditions and Suchitlán panoramic lake views. It offers a variety of amenities in our quiet town, including hotels and restaurants for all budgets, museums, art galleries and nightlife. In our rural areas, you will find natural and historic treasures and numerous opportunities for exploration
Located in the department of La Libertad, about 30 minutes from the capital city.
Joya de Ceren is a pre-Columbian site in El Salvador that portrays the daily life of the indigenous settlements prior to the Spanish conquest which was accidentally discovered in 1976. A unique place in all of Mesoamerica.
This is one of the largest in Mesoamerica because it shows what life was like for people archaeological sites. Many call “The Pompeii of America” compared to the archaeological site of the city located in Italy.
The route is composed of three areas where excavation displayed ten separate structures. In them you will see some bedrooms, kitchen area where vessels with leftovers, clay dishes were found; also wineries and limited crop land with wooden fences.
Santa Ana volcano, or rather Ilamatepec is the main volcano and part of the Santa Ana Volcanic Complex. In her south skirt and southeast we found the Izalco volcano, Cerro Verde and a series of adventitious cones, such as is the cinder cones . Also to the north and northwest we found cinder cones, such as Cerro El Retiro and some explosion craters as the Plan del Hoyo.
Santa Ana Volcano is the highest active stratovolcano in the country with 2.381 meters and has a circular crater with a diameter of 1.5 kilometers, where there is evidence of subsidence and progressive migration of the conduit toward the southeast. In the bottom of it is a lagoon with acidic water ranging between 13 and 27 meters deep depending on the time of year. West of the lake, also inside the crater, there is a vent field that constantly emits hot sulphurous gases.
The Izalco volcano is the youngest volcano in El Salvador and one of the youngest in the American continent. It originated in the year 1770, when a hole at the foot of the Santa Ana volcano began spewing smoke and ash.
It last erupted in 1966, and since then there has been a gradual decrease in activity and temperature of the fumaroles. It is Strombolian or stratovolcano. Its last eruption was very violent and completely destroyed the top of the volcano causing decrease in height 200 meters.
Izalco volcano is called “Lighthouse of the Pacific” for its continuous eruptions.
La Ruta de las Flores is one of the most suitable tours to discover the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of El Salvador. The route crosses two departments in the west of the country, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, and six locations: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán, Juayua, Apaneca, Ataco Tacuba. The normal route is to start in San Salvador. At 70 kilometers from the capital, is Nahuizalco, that in nahuac language means ‘The four Izalcos’ because its population was four times that of neighboring Izalco. Nahuizalco, one of the indigenous centers in the area, is famous for its handicrafts and furniture made of wicker and tule. Another attraction is the night market only lit with candles held in the town center.
The beach El Tunco is located 42 kilometers from San Salvador and is part of the Sun route and El Salvador beach, so it is a tourist destination visited by both domestic and foreign tourists. This beach is also considered one of the best beaches in El Salvador for the sport of surfing.
It is characterized by black sand color. The small river mouth is surrounded by villas that offer low-cost: drinks, food, and various tourist services, especially for surfers
It is located southeast of San Salvador, ideal for jogging, football and volleyball, or just sunbathing, is the longest beach in El Salvador, with about 15 kms. extension. At the end of the Costa del Sol boulevard there is access to Jaltepeque estuary where you can browse your channels and see various species of birds such as herons, ducks and gulls, taking refuge among the mangroves.
The Pacaya volcano has a height of 2,500 meters above sea level and is a great attraction as it is in constant activity. It is located in Guatemala and to get there take the road south to the coast and follow the signs to be found referring to the protected area of the same name.
The Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. For over 50 years, the volcano has remained moderate eruptive phase that has produced frequent eruptions averaging one every year.
When the volcano is quiet, the way to access the active crater Mackenney is an easy walk of only two hours of climbing.
Considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the famous writer Aldous Huxley. The lake is 144 kms from Guatemala City and is arguably the most important natural attraction and one of the best known of Guatemala.
Three spectacular volcanoes, Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro, are the natural setting of the lake. It has an area of 125 kms square and is located 1,560 meters above sea level.
The lake complements its scenic beauty with roads, beaches and coastal villages, mountains and volcanoes. The lake offers excellent opportunities to develop sport fishing, sailing, kayaks, paragliding, water skiing and recreation naturalist as well as visiting the Mayan villages of the area.
Chichicastenango, or “Chichi”, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Guatemala for its rich culture and the colorful costumes of the region. Often here traditional religious rituals take place, which may be present with the permission of local Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango its name means “Place of the chichicastes” or “zarzas”.
It is located in Quiche, and contains a huge cultural and traditional wealth. Once in the Central Park of Chichicastenango, which is easy to reach instinctively, you can see the St. Thomas Church. Here it is common to find “Shaman” or “Doctors” (religious leaders) practicing traditional rituals.
The Tikal National Park is located in Central America, in the northern part of Guatemala, Petén, 60 km from the provincial capital, Flores. There is no town or village called Tikal.
The main entrance includes a visitor center, two museums, post office, park management, craft shops, three hotels, a camping area, some restaurants and cafeterias.
The visitor center is open from 6am to 6pm, it is located at the entrance of the road leading to the ruins, which are about 20 minutes walk. At the entrance to the visitor center is a model of Tikal, as it was the city when it was inhabited. Here you will also find one of the two museums, with stone monuments and photos of the restoration made in the 1960s Also is the kiosko guides, information center, craft shops and a restaurant.
In 1955 declared a protected park of 13 thousand square hectares, the area is the habitat of manatees (Trichechus manatus) in danger of extinction.
Rio Dulce, the obligatory stop before visiting the ancient cradle of the Mayan civilization in the northern department of Peten houses a lush rainforest.
Among its main tourist destinations include Aguas Calientes, Rio Tatin, Biotope Chocón Machacas, the Castle of San Felipe and Livingston Garifuna community.
In the area they register about 44 species of amphibians, 87 of reptiles, 202 birds and 128 mammals, the latter including some 39 kinds of bats and cultures coexist Qeqchí, Garifuna and Ladino are recorded.
Livingston is the central point of the Guatemalan Caribbean and was an important point of passage for ships that docked the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. In 1831 he became the port that received the boats before crossing the Buga and Golfete that made way to Rio Dulce, ending in Lake Izabal. A strategic area to safeguard storms boats in the ocean. The entrance to Livingstone is only by water, dependending the starting point is the time it takes to get from Puerto Barrios time is approximately 45 minutes and from Rio Dulce an hour and a half.
Among its attractions you can visit Livingstone by land and waterway, walking the town and taste the dishes based on seafood while enjoying the Caribbean atmosphere, reggae and buy handicrafts. The options for activities in Livingstone vary depending on time and the organization. If you have little time the places not to be missed is the main street, public beach that will take a short time to cross the small town and you can say you saw the Atlantic Ocean. An ideal complement is the tour of Rio Dulce. At night you can find artistic groups playing tip in restaurants.
This ancient Mayan city is distinguished by its many stelae and his economic growth and social benefit is derived from the nearby Motagua River, which is navigable, allowing the shipment of goods with ease. It was declared in 1981 as World Heritage by UNESCO, rising to the level of importance of La Antigua Guatemala and Tikal, both also World Heritage in Guatemala.
This city depended during the Classic Period, Copan, located near neighbor in what is now territory of Honduras, who after sharing part of its history, also present rivalry and later release of such dependence.
Guatemala City, where the new city, whose official name is based is New Guatemala of the Assumption, and is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, being the largest city in Centeroamérica, where industry, natural beauty and their history blend to form this department.
Guatemala City is located in the south-central area and has a lot of green areas and tourist attractions that can be the pretext of any foreign visitor, during the visit of this city you could find : The ancient Maya City Kaminaljuyu Constitution Square, the Relief Map, La Aurora Zoo and the museums of the City of Guatemala.
Antigua Guatemala is one of the most amazing colonial cities in Latin America. Since its foundation was named Santiago de Los Caballeros. Today Antigua Guatemala is a World Heritage Site since 1979. Antigua Guatemala is known for its beautiful tourist sites, walk the cobbled streets will take you back in time.
Cerro de la Cruz in Antigua Guatemala
He was previously known as Cerro del Manchén. It is a very beautiful place to see the city of Antigua Guatemala from another perspective, you can see the structures, tile roofs, the blue, red or yellow walls of the houses that are there. Also in the background, you can appreciate the majesty of one of the guardians of this city Agua Volcano.
Arco de Santa Catalina Antigua Guatemala
If there is anything that identifies Antigua Guatemala is the Arc, it has become an unmistakable icon of the city, besides being the most photographed by tourists. It is located north of Central Park in the 5th. North Avenue. Street Arco de Santa Catalina is the benchmark to locate in the city. In the Calle del Arco holidays like New Year’s Eve celebration and the new year are performed, presenting a variety of cultural events ranging from live music in Antigua Guatemala, poetry and stories to traditional dances.