When it comes to things to do in El Salvador, there is one main advantage: everything is close by. Known as the “Tom Thumb of America,” you can hop on a bus in San Salvador and be sunbathing on the beach just an hour later. Take off in the other direction and you could be paddling across Lago Coatepeque in just a couple of hours. There are many hikes to choose from, up volcanoes like Izalco, or through harder-to-reach (and aptly named) Parque El Imposible. There are also plenty of things to do in El Salvador in the cultural department; little colonial towns like Suchitoto or Ataco make for tourist-free visits, and there are a few Maya ruins such as Tazumal and San Andres, though they are far less impressive than the better-known ones of Guatemala. For a full list of things to do in El Salvador, explore the links below.
- La Laguna Botanical Garden
Staying in San Salvador? Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to La Laguna Botanical Gardens. The gardens provide a relaxing alternative to shopping and museum visits. While not actually in the city, it is a short taxi ride to the gardens. Located at the bottom of an extinct v
- La Barra de Santiago
This beach is a paradise as there are absolutely no big hotels and tourisim hasn't exploded here yet. You can walk for miles, undisturbed, along this peaceful, safe and relaxing beach. This beach is located in Ahuachapan. It takes about 2 hours to arrive in a private car and 4 hours by bus.
- Puerta Del Diablo - Devil's Door
Los Planes de Renderos is a Mountain Village which features four major activities, ordered below by popularity: Los Planes de Renderos - 3 major sights to see Los Planes is 25 minutes by car from downtown San Salvador, and 12 minutes to the intersection of highway 5, which runs between the airport