Welcome to Santa Ana
Only 65km from the capital, Santa Ana is a mid-sized El Salvadoran city, the long-standing coffee wealth of which is reflected in its architecture, some of the most magnificent in Central America. There's a relaxed confidence in the wide, tree-lined streets and colorful houses, and Santanecos are genuinely proud of their growing cultural scene. Smart travelers are choosing Santa Ana as an alternative base to the... Read More
Top experiences in Santa Ana
Santa Ana activities
Private Tour: Cerro Verde National Park Volcanoes
Meet your guide upon hotel pickup and set out by comfortable, private vehicle from San Salvador. Your day trip takes you to Cerro Verde National Park to explore the stunning landscape for a full day. During the drive, your guide will prepare you for what to expect of El Salvador’s most distinctive natural attractions: the volcano complex of Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana.Upon arrival in the park, start with a refreshing 45-minute sightseeing tour on foot along densely forested eco-trails to Cerro Verde, an inactive volcano located at an altitude of 6,670 feet (2,035 meters) amid 1,235 acres (500 hectares) of natural landscape. Walk an easy path through the clouds around the crater, and venture inside, where cool temps hover between 53 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit (12 and 18 degrees Celsius). After strolling through a lush habitat that includes a splendid variety of flowers and 17 species of humming birds, emerge for panoramic views of Izalco volcano. Also known as the Lighthouse of the Pacific, the red glow of its lava led boats to reach the Acajutla port for nearly a century and a half. Then take in the sight of Santa Ana volcano, aka Ilamatepec volcano. El Salvador’s highest volcano, it's surrounded by a dwarf forest, low-lying bushes and giant agaves, among other fascinating plants in the unique and misty landscape.Departing Cerro Verde National Park, you’re taken to Coatepeque Lake, formed by the collapse of two volcanic cones inside a crater. Relax along the lovely shore and enjoy lunch (own expense) at one of the lakeside restaurants, which your guide can recommend. If you'd like, take an optional boat ride on the lake or choose from a variety of additional activities such as paragliding, waterskiing and jet skiing (each at own expense) before returning to San Salvador, with drop-off at your hotel.
Santa Ana Volcano Walking Tour from Santa Ana
Begin the tour by meeting at Central Park in Santa Ana, El Salvador at 9am. Drive to Cerro Verde Park where the walking tour begins at 11am. Arrive at Santa Ana Volcano Ilamatepec, one of the most important and tourist place in El Salvador. From this point, admire the view to Coatepeque Lake, Green Hill, and Volcan the Izalco and other wonderful places. Touch the the flora and fauna of this nature reserve to immerse in El Salvador's wondrous beauty.Return to Cerro Verde around 2pm and arrive back in Santa Ana at 4pm. Take personal time to explore the country's second largest city and enjoy the sights of El Salvador.
Day Tour of Santa Ana
With a local guide we are going to visit each monuments. The tour includes lunch in Simmer Down Pizza Restaurant which it is located in the Main Central Park in Santa Ana. If you want to stay more days in Santa Ana we can recommend one of the best Hostal in town, you can also take the Coatepeque Lake tour in the same.
Day Trip to Coatepeque Lake from Santa Ana
We'll pick you up from Hostal Casa Verde in Santa Ana at 10am in a private car.It takes 40 minutes from Santa Ana to get to Coatepeque Volcanic Lake. We are going to stay in Rastaurant Las Palmeras for 4 hours so you can swim or stay in a pier. You can also rent a way runner or take a tour with private boats. The tour includes lunch and we will back to Santa Ana at 3:30pm.
Maya Ruins Tazumal, Joya de Ceren and San Andres from Santa Ana
Joya de Ceren ruins is a UNESCO Heritage site comparable to Pompeii in Italy, it features and incredible intact farming community that was preserved for centuries under thick layers of volcanic ash.Tazumal and San Andres are archaeological sites locates 20 miles from Santa Ana city, those complex are made of a series of ancient buildings which were regarded as the best preserved Mayan Ruins of El Salvador.We will spend approximately 2 hours in each town. At the lunch time you will have free time to buy some local food. We will go back to Santa Ana at 4 pm.
Panoramic Bike Tour and Tapas Tasting
The tour begins in the magnificent tower of the thirteenth century Muslim period, the Torre del Oro. From there cross the Guadalquivir to the beautiful old quarter of Triana, with its whitewashed houses and colorful windows. We visit the Church of Santa Ana and San Jorge Castle before returning to cross the river and ride through the center. Among the monuments to visit are the Palacio de San Telmo, the University, the amazing Cathedral, the impressive Alcázar and the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. After a relaxing bike ride through the lush Parque Maria Luisa, back to the starting point in the Torre del Oro.