9 days in El Salvador Itinerary

9 days in El Salvador Itinerary

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9 days in El Salvador Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Santa Ana
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Coatepeque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
San Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

2
nights
Santa Ana

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Tazumal and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Cerro Verde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Ana Cathedral, then browse the different shops at Metrocentro Santa Ana, and then get impressive views of Santa Ana Volcano.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Ana day trip tool .

New Orleans, USA to Santa Ana is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Ana: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Coatepeque.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tazumal
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Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano
Tazumal ©
Tazumal
National Park Cerro Verde ©
National Park Cerro Verde

2
nights
Coatepeque

Coatepeque ©
On the 12th (Mon), stop by Axul and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sonsonate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coatepeque.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Coatepeque travel planner .

Coatepeque is just a stone's throw from Santa Ana. In August in Coatepeque, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Salvador.

Things to do in Coatepeque

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Axul, Catedral de Sonsonate
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Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Catedral de Sonsonate ©
Catedral de Sonsonate

4
nights
San Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador with an excursion to El Tunco in La Libertad--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador travel route builder .

Traveling by bus from Coatepeque to San Salvador takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in San Salvador sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Museums

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El Tunco
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron