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Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano
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Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano

By Explore El Salvador - Alfredo Avalos, Licensed Tour Guide
Explore the highlights of the city with a native guide of San Salvador. Visit major historical spots, main avenues, commercial and residential districts, sightseeing landmarks and monuments that commemorate relevant historical figures and events. Many public buildings in El Centro were made during years of splendor of coffee exports, with a mix of architectural styles. Since the recent renovation Downtown is nicer and safer than ever to walk. Many businesses are boosting up and it has become "the place to be". Walk the streets learning details of events that occurred on this very place over almost 500 years of history and the people that took part in it. From colony to Independence. From the Federation to the Coffee Republic. From military regimes to democracy. From repressions to big celebrations and presidential inaugurations. On the afternoon visit a local market (you can have lunch here) followed by a walk in the cloud forest at El Boquerón Nat. Park, on San Salvador volcano.
from
RM 501.65
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
RM 501.65
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 1-70
Duration: 6–7 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Offerings to churches on your behalf (sustainable tourism is key)
  • Admissions to public and private attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia El Rosario
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional El Boqueron
What's not included
  • Souveniers
  • Gratuities (voluntary)
  • In order to reduce plastic waste I no longer include bottled water. Consider bringing your own reusable bottle.
  • You can enjoy a local delicacy at Antiguo Cuscatlán Market. Eat what locals eat!


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • For departures outside San Salvador Metropolitan Area (e.g. airports, beach resorts, international borders, bus stations) a supplement may apply.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101624P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano
  • I'M COVID-19 FULLY VACCINATED and Certified on Safety Protocols by local authorities (MiTur, CORSATUR and OSN). First Aid trained by the Salvadoran Red Cross. First Aid Kit always at hand.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano?
Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano price starts from RM 493.27. Discover and book Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano on Tripadvisor
What is the Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano cancellation policy?
Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano?
Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano is hosted by Explore El Salvador - Alfredo Avalos, Licensed Tour Guide. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Explore El Salvador - Alfredo Avalos, Licensed Tour Guide on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Highlights of San Salvador: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101624P1

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Iglesia El Rosario
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Plaza Libertad
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    National Theater San Salvador
  • 3
    Catedral Metropolitana
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Plaza Barrios
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    National Palace
  • 5
    San Salvador
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 6
    Parque Nacional El Boqueron
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Antiguo Cuscatlan
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

gsquaredb
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Great El Salvador guide
Alfredo is an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting. Loves showing people his country. Flexible and e
TexasRigPig
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Alfredo Is the King of El Salvador! Get him gate to gate! He is the key to unlocking the wonder that is El Salvador!
For the greatest experience and to maximize every minute of your El Salvador trip, call Alfredo. Get him gate to ga
PabsSkrobs
PabsSkrobs
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Cool hike with Senior Alfredo ;-)
My friend and I had a pleasure to use services of Alfredo whilst climbing the St. Ana volcano in March 2022. "Pleas
adamlH1609SH
adamlH1609SH
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Great experience!
We had a great time during our trip to El Salvador thanks to our incredible guide, Alfredo! He is full of passion a
hazelevh
hazelevh
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Four days with an amazing guide
I had the pleasure to hike with Alfredo before in a previous visit a couple of years ago in which he helped my mom
LMarinMX
LMarinMX
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Absolutely fantastic!
Alfredo is a fantastic private tour guide in El Salvador! We had a blast of a holiday during the five days we were
dlg2212
dlg2212
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Exploring El Salvador in one week
Alfredo is an extremely prepared tour guide, really passionate about his country and willing to give you the best e
elfox927
elfox927
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A short and sweet sampling of El Salvador
Friends living in El Salvador who have used Alfredo for tours in the past set us up with a private baby tortuga rel
JenKPGH
JenKPGH
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Volcano and downtown with Alfredo!
Alfredo is amazing. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about El Salvador and it’s history. We toured with Alfred
Caballero55
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Amazing Experience Hiking Santa Ana with Alfredo
Alfredo is simply a terrific guide! He was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and fluent in English. He picked
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The HIGHLIGHT of our trip!
Alfredo was genuinely friendly and knowledgeable. Our hike and tour was AMAZING! Alfredo picked us up from our hote
TimC20000
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Best guide in El Salvador
Summary: Don't hesitate to email Alfredo to be your guide in El Salvador! I found Alfredo's guide page via google
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Volcano
A great experience definitely recommend the volcano hike. Was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable
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Had a great time
Unreal views, unforgettable experience, great guide. If you do this tour it will definitely be a highlight of your
T5978AJsophiak
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Exploring the Heart of El Salvador with Alfredo
Alfredo took us on much more than just a tour of the country. He was an incredible guide full of historical informa
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Jcheverie
Charlottetown, Canada23 contributions
Nov 2022
During the planning stage Alfredo always replied quickly to any questions i had. From the moment my friend and I arrived in El Salvador Alfredo was very accommodating to our needs and to our last minute itinerary changes.
I dont typically hire guides but Im certainly glad i did for this trip, it made things so much more easy and Alfredo is a wealth of knowledge, in fact i wondered if i knew as much history about my own country as he did his to which the answer is No.
Very quickly i felt our relationship was more than guide/client, Alfredo went along with our sense of humour and banter and we had a lot of fun with him and i consider him a friend.
People should definitely visit El Salvador, it has a lot to offer in a small area and they should definitely reach out to Alfredo, they wont regret it.

Thanks for everything Alfredo i hope our paths cross again my friend!
Written 24 November 2022
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hamrickpa
Tampa, FL339 contributions
Jun 2021
We had an amazing tour with Alfredo. Honestly, he is one of the best guides I have worked with and I have visited 70 countries! He was always accessible via WhatsApp. He picked us up at the airport the day we arrived and even took us to the airport the day we left. He customized our tour to exactly what we wanted and even helped me get local beans to carry home to an El Salvadorian friend. Best tour ever! I will also add we were two American women travelers. Prior to going, we were slightly apprehensive based on "warnings" from travel sites. That's part of why Alfredo picked us up at the airport. Not only did he help us to feel safe but he taught us just how safe his country was. Before we knew it, we were ubering all about town! ALFREDO IS THE BEST!!
Written 13 June 2021
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Dear Loni, It was an unforgettable experience meeting you and Danielle letting me take you off the beaten track into the heart of my native San Salvador downtown. I hope you enjoyed your pupusas and the mercado! Till we meet again. Alfredo
Written 29 June 2021
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