¡Welcome to El Salvador!
Reception at the International airport and transfer to the selected hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is moved to Ataco and visit the Jewel of Cerén, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 for being the only place in the entire Mayan culture, where you can appreciate the day to day lifestyle of the popular pre-Columbian inhabitants. Also called Pompeii of Central America.
Cerén’s jewel was buried by several eruptions of volcanoes and the town was found under at least 14 layers of ash. The villagers were apparently able to flee in time – the bodies have not been found – although they left behind utensils, pottery, furniture, and even half-eaten food in their haste to escape. From there we go to the mountains of the route of the flowers, coffee area famous for the abundance of wild flowers.
This route has viewpoints where we can appreciate mountain landscapes with coffee plantations, lagoons and cloud forests. The Town of Ataco is a gateway for the entire artistic community, is a traditional producer of colorful textiles and artistic murals painted on the walls of colonial style houses. This afternoon you have free you can rest or you can know a little more about this city. Overnight (B)
This day you will visit the archaeological sites of White House and Tazumal, the most important and impressive Mayan ruins of El Salvador, corresponding to the pre-Classic Mayan period (500 BC – 250 AD) and the classic period (250 AD – 900 AD).
In Casa Blanca you can participate in an indigo workshop, which is managed by two trained people, who teach different methods and dyeing materials, you will have the opportunity to dye a handkerchief. The duration of this is between 15 to 25 minutes. Overnight. (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
The tour of the day will begin with the visit to Mayan ruins. Copán Ruinas is the most important cultural destination in Honduras. Throughout the year, this city is a bustle of activity with travelers from all over the world who come to discover the great secrets of the Mayan culture and the various natural attractions that this small city is famous for. The afternoon free.
COPAN / CITY TOUR OLD GUATEMALA
From Copan this day is moved to the colonial old city in Guatemala. In the afternoon you will be welcomed by your guide in the hotel lobby to explore the colonial city of Antigua, where you will visit churches, convents and cathedrals, such as the church of San Francisco, the Cathedral, the Church of La Merced, the Central Park, the Palace of the Captain and the City Hall building.
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for your transfer to Iximché. A pre-Columbian Mayan site in the highlands of Guatemala, Iximché is not the largest archaeological site in the country, but was founded by the Maya Kaqchikel in 1470, after a protracted conflict with the Kiché. It was the capital of the late pre-classic Kaqchickel kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524, with the arrival of the Spaniards. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Tecpan. After lunch, return to your hotel in Guatemala.
Overnight (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to San Salvador. On the way we visit Nahuizalco, an indigenous Pipil village, where you can still see some of its inhabitants wearing traditional indigenous clothing. We visited an art studio of wooden furniture made by local artists.
Breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfer. (B)
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