The tour starts with a visit to the Pier of La Libertad (30 minute drive from the airport), here we can observe the fishmarket and the fishing boats being picked up at the Pier. This is as authentic as it can get, you can have a feel of the local culture, economy and gastronomy all in one place. Then we move to El Tunco, which is the most visited place by foreigners. Its a Surf Town, everything and everyone moves around Surf and here you can see a nice mix between foreign tourism and local businesses. Also a great place to try the local food, PUPUSA. Ideal place to hace an authentic local breakfast. Then we move to a nearby beach so you can spend the rest of your layover laying in a hammock with the music of the ocean playing right in front of you. Some people like to swim in the ocean, this is also possible please come ready with your bating suit on or in your carry on.
City-tours are also a very popular options for visitors that want to experience the real local salvadorean culture. The tour usually includes a visit to the Volcano of San Salvador, its only 40 minutes from the city. There is a short 15 minute walk to the summit, where you can see the Crater. The temperature and temperature here are very pleasant, there are coffee shops and restaurants around if you want to have a meal with the best view of San Salvador. Then we move to Santa Tecla, to see the downtown area and go check out the markets from the inside. Then we move to San Salvador's downtown where we visit The Cathedral and the Rosario Church, which in my opinion is the most attractive artistically and historically in the whole downtown. Then, if we have time, we can try the local PUPUSA on the way back to the airport.
El Salvador has Mayan Ruins 2 hours away from the airport, San Andres was the most important city in the area between 300ac and 900ac. Joya de Ceren is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in El Salvador. Ruta de las Flores, Cerro Verde and Lake Coatepeque are also very popular options for travellers during a long layover. We can coordinate a hike around the Cerro Verde Volcano park and combine it with either the Ruta de las Flores, Lake Coatepeque or an archaeological site. Please contact us with your interests and we can list you some options to choose.