After breakfast, you’ll be driven up the steep mountain road which flanks San Salvador toward the peak of El Boquerón volcano where, weather permitting you’ll have expansive views over the capital and surrounding countryside. Volcanic activity here in the past wreaked havoc on the city, but now upon reaching El Boquerón National Park, you will take a 15 minute walk to the rim of the extinct volcanic crater, where a walkway offers impressive vistas into the crater, which is smothered in closely-packed foliage.
Continue by road to Santa Ana, El Salvador’s second city, taking time to see the National Theatre and the gothic Cathedral in the vibrant main square. In the afternoon, you’ll be driven to the archeological site of El Tazumal, El Salvador´s most significant ceremonial Mayan centre, excavated and restored in the 1940s and 1950s. The site had been abandoned in 1,200AD but prior to that there is evidence of links with cities as far afield as Copán and Chichén Itzá. The complex sits right in the heart of the small town of Chalchuapa, where daily life continues on the very streets once trod by the Maya. A bust of Che Guevara stands just outside the ruins, marking his visit in 1954.
Later we continue to the cobbled colonial town of Ataco. Located in the heart of the coffee region, Ataco is an attractive cobbled town, with brightly coloured murals adorning the streets. With a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and shops to visit, it is a perfect place to take explore on foot and perhaps send a postcard home. Two nights in Ataco.