San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador in Central America. San Salvador offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- National palace
- Tours to Izalco volcano
- Tours to lake Coatepeque (Crator lake)
- San Salvador volcano
- Divine Savior to the world monument
- San Salvador cathedral
- Plaza Morazan
- Site Joya de Ceren (UNESCO World heritage site)
I used a tour company called Nahuat tours to visit Cerro Verde national park which is about an hours drive from San Salvador. I took a day trip which included Izalco volcano, Lake Coatepeque (crator lake) and a walk around the extinct cerro verde volcano.
Izalco is a strata volcano, which is a perfect cone shape and was born in 1770. This makes it the youngest volcano in El Salvador. There are a couple of viewing platform so you can take photos of it, I took this photograph (above) because as I liked the color contrast. It’s also possible to photograph more of the body of the volcano at another viewing platform.
Another company I saw but did not use was AST, they have some fun looking day tours.
Lake Coatepeque is often referred to as the crater lake of El Salvador. It doesn’t quite take your breath away as the crater lake in Oregon does but it’s definitely an amazing place to see and the best thing about it is, you will probably be one of very few tourists there. It’s a peaceful place, I stopped for lunch and a local beer at a restaurant viewing the lake.
You probably won’t even realise that Cerro Verdo volcano is actually a volcano or even an extinct volcano. It looks like a hill with a forest on it, and when the beautiful Izalco volcano is right next to it, you don’t really want to look at a hill! But there is a trail around Cerro Verde volcano and you’ll come across some great photo opportunites! Those of you who are into wildlife, bird or volcano photography will quickly fill up your memory sticks!
My next destination is Antigua, Guatemala, but there are no buses direct from San Salvador. However Tica bus offer a service to Guatemala City and from the bus station there are share minivans waiting to take passengers to Antigua. The border crossing was very easy, the company are very organised with the border crossings, they also want to get through as quickly as possible.