Join us for an adventure across El Salvador, visiting the community of Santa Ana where you will get to experience the work of one our local partners, Árboles y Agua para el Pueblo (AAP)! You will get some hands-on experience in their local tree nursery, meeting local community members and visiting other projects in surrounding areas such as the community of El Porvenir.
Then we will travel to the highland town of Apaneca, where we will learn about the culture, history and art while getting to visit the breathtaking Apaneca-Ilamatepec Biological Reserve and enjoy a scenic view of their surrounding volcanoes. Finally, we will finish off by traveling and hiking in the Cerro Verde National Park while enjoying a nice view of Lake Coatepeque!
Cost: $1,550 (Cost includes three meals a day, lodging, in-country transportation, park fees, and bilingual guides. Cost does not include airfare.)
Length: 8 days
Lodging: Small family-run hotels or Eco-lodges in local towns or at a National Park
Weather: Hot and Humid – we’ll be in the tropics, in both urban and rural environments. Light rain showers may occur.
Difficulty: Mostly flat landscape, but lots of walking, especially in the local communities or town, El Porvenir, Apaneca and Nahuizalco. Hiking at higher elevations such as volcanoes or hikes within a National Park or a Reserve are optional but recommended.
This is a sample itinerary. Subject to change up until one month before departure.
Travel to San Salvador and rendezvous with the TWP Tours team at the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador and take an hour and a half drive to the town of Santa Ana. Enjoy a group dinner at the Hotel Casa Verde with TWP Partners and getting to know the rest of the participants.
Wake up and have a breakfast full of fresh, local food at the hotel and take a short drive to the community of El Porvenir and meet our local partner, Árboles y Agua para el Pueblo (AAP). Take part in a hands-on tree nursery preparation and planting of native trees, and visit local families to see other community based projects. Then get regarded with a delicious pupusa lunch in town. In the afternoon, we will have some free time to rest and get ready for a group dinner with some music!
Day three is a time to visit another tree nursery at Caserio Sumsa in Canton, San Miguel where we will get the opportunity to plant some native trees! We will enjoy a nice lunch in the Caserio Sumsa with the entire team, then travel to the San Marcelino Protected Area to learn more about different on the ground projects and hike up to San Marcelino volcano. After some rest, we will head back to Santa Ana for some free time and get ready for a local dinner.
Our travels continue to the highland town of Apaneca, El Salvador’s second highest town (1,450m). Here we will have a relaxing lunch at the “Entre Nubes Cafe” and have a walking tour through cobbled streets, colorful adobe houses and learn about the culture, art and history of Apaneca. After some exploring, we will enjoy and afternoon coffee in Cafe Albania where we can relax and walk through a giant labyrinth. After some down time we will enjoy a local dinner in Ataco.
After a relaxing breakfast we visit the museum of Apaneca and enjoy some local arts and crafts! After indulging with more local food, we embark on a journey to have fun in nature! We will travel to Laguna Verde and the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Biosphere Reserve, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in September 2007. Here we will have the opportunity to talk local community members involved in the protection of the lagoon and the reserve. We will also enjoy a relaxing lunch by the lagoon at the “Laguna Verde Amapulapa” restaurant. After some free time to rest and recharge our batteries we will go back to Apaneca for a local dinner.
After a nice morning breakfast, we will continue our travels to the nearby town of Nahuizalco. Here we will learn about its strong indigenous customs, culture and history. We will also visit the nearby communities of Salcoatitan and Juayua which are neighboring municipalities of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Reserve. Then we will have free time to relax and get ready for a local dinner and a cultural activity in Izalco.
The adventure continues as we travel to the Cerro Verde National Park. We will get to enjoy more iconic views from lookouts where you can admire the majestic view to the Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes, and unique flora and fauna. This is also a great opportunity for bird lovers to enjoy a wide variety of bird species that inhabit the park. Then we will have a lovely lunch in front of the Coatepeque Lake overlooking the mountain range. After some down time, we will travel back to San Salvador and register at Hotel Alicante and prepare for a final group dinner at a traditional Salvadoran restaurant.
After a final Salvadorian breakfast, we will depart to the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador to coordinate drop-offs, confirm departures, and say our goodbyes.