Jardín Botánico La Laguna

Top choice in San Salvador

Moss-covered bridges, pebbled paths, small waterfalls and ponds home to croaking frogs, turtles and feeding fish provide the perfect antidote to city bustle. The botanical garden is located at the bottom of a volcanic crater where many Salvadoran plant species spring to life.

Take bus 44 from the city center and ask the driver to let you off at 'Plan de la Laguna,' from where it’s a 1km downhill walk to the garden.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby San Salvador attractions

1. Centro Monseñor Romero

0.93 MILES

At Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (La UCA), the Centro Monseñor Romero pays homage to the martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero. Highly…

3. Museo de Arte de El Salvador

1.56 MILES

An impressive collection of sketches, paintings and installations track the development of prominent local artists including Fernando Llort, Rosa Mena…

4. El Arbol de Dios

2.47 MILES

'God's Tree' is an institute dedicated to the work of world-famous painter Fernando Llort, with a gallery displaying sophisticated pieces that differ from…

5. Hospital La Divina Providencia

3.25 MILES

Monseñor Romero was assassinated by government agents while giving Mass in the chapel here on March 24, 1980. You can tour his modest quarters, where his…

6. Museo de la Palabra y La Imagen

3.87 MILES

This innovative museum examines the history of El Salvador's civil war (1981–1992), beginning with the long-term context of the 1920s struggle for…

7. Iglesia El Calvario

3.94 MILES

Surrounded by street vendors, the Gothic towers of the Iglesia El Calvario are worth a peek. Walk inside to experience its real beauty.

8. Palacio Nacional

4.11 MILES

Built in the early 20th century of Italian marble, the Palacio Nacional was the government headquarters until 1974. A few of the rooms now preserve…