Mercado de Artesanías is a good place to buy arts, crafts, and souvenirs. It is a 5 minute drive from Zona Rosa. You can ask the taxi to take you there.
They also have many malls. The biggest and grandest one is 'Las Galerías'.
Visit Souchi -- a short hop from the capital
This lovely village is close to San Salvador. Besides the view of Lake Souchitan, the town is filled with interesting contemporary art. The Posado is a great place to stay and provides a lovely setting for a meal overlooking the lake. There's a tiny vest-pocket park that is filled with unique sculpture.
A visit to old San Salvador...
A visit to old San Salvador must include the National Palace, Cathedral, National Theatre, and several chuches among them: El Calvario, Don Rua, San Francisco, la Basilica Sagrada Familia. Downtown San Salvador is undergoing a long recovery and clean up process, many historical buildings are being restored, the streets are being cleaned up and street vendors relocated. It's an ongoing process so much still remains to be done. The area is bustling with activity, traffic, people, etc. The Casa de la Cultura del Centro is a cultural center locted in an old 19th century house where art shows, theatre presentations, poetry readings and other events take place. The Mercado Cuartel is the handicrafts market, where you can buy all kinds of traditional items - the vendors expect you to bargain the prices!
A unique place in San Salvador is the Botanical Gardens of La Laguna. They are set in the crater of an extinct volcano and provide a relaxing natural haven for thousands of native plants. The beautiful landscaped gardens, the lush vegetation, a small piece of forest, wild animals, birds and butterflies provide a relaxing and worthwhile experience.
The National Cathedral
The cathedral's blue and yellow zig-zag dome is visible even before you reach downtown. The exterior mural by Fernando Llort is the visual highlight but visiting the tomb of Romero who was brutally murdered for his outspoken support of human rights during the civil war is the most moving feature.
Fernando Llort's Gallery
One of the most famous Salvadoran artists, Fernando Llort's is known as the artist who designed the mural around the Nat'l Cathedral in San Salvador. Although one of his many styles of art has been imprinted on Salvadoran culture through the painted wooden objects created in La Palma and sold everywhere as a favorite souvenir, Llort's styles and media are varied. A trip to the gallery is a great way to discover the richness of his sculpture and paintings. Believe it or not they are reasonably priced (given what masterpieces they are) and a wonderful keepsake of El Salvador.
Among the highlights downtown, are the Cathedral with Father Romero's grave, the Palacio Nacional (closed to visitors), the Iglesia Rosario where Father Delfafo is buried (he is an important Central American figure), and the teatro nacional.
El Salvador Tourist Office
A great place to pick up current information about the city or country is the National Tourist Office.
Take a surfing lesson
We had planned to do this but it rained horribly for almost 2 days straight. You can find someone who will give you a private lesson for about $20 an hour.
El Salvador Art Museum - MARTE
Recently opened the MARTE or salvadoran art museum is a great museum showcasing salvadoran masters from the 19th century to our days
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