Welcome to Western El Salvador

From the wilds of Parque Nacional El Imposible near the Guatemalan border – where you can find pumas, boars and tigrillos – traverse waterfalls until you pick up the famed Flower Route, a pin-up region of hot springs, food fairs and artisan villages.

Indeed, if you fly into San Salvador, you can reach it all in a day and end at the far western tip at Barrio de Santiago, a wind-swept beach with massive surf where turtles lay eggs by moonlight.

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$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Mayan Route Tour from San Salvador

In this day-trip, you will be picked up from your hotel in San Salvador at approximately 8:30am and will head towards Santa Ana.You will visit Joya de Ceren, a Mayan village declared a cultural heritage of humanity in 1993 by UNESCO and considered to be the "Pompeii of America”. There, you will also visit the ruins of the ceremonial center of San Andres and its museum. Afterwards, you will head to the archaeological park Tazumal where the most impressive Mayan pyramid of El Salvador is located. From there you will see beautiful panoramic views of Lake Coatepeque. Lastly, you will visit the historic downtown Santa Ana where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the architecture of the neo-gothic cathedral and its theater. At around 5:30pm you will be dropped off at your hotel in San Salvador.

$1341.75 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Backroads of Central America

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age – so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery – from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches, and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and keep you rooted in local life.

$2479.20 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Best of Central America

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America – on a shoestring. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America, as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities, and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered – so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most – the adventure is yours to choose!

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