Coatepeque Lake is considered one of the most beautiful crater lakes in Central America. On its shore there are hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments for practising acquatic sports. In the lake there is also a small island which was a Mayan site of some importance. Coatepeque Lake can be reached from Santa Ana by an about 75 minutes bus...more
From Santa Ana you can take a bus up past the Coatepeque Lake, into this National Park, which contains three major volcanos. Cerro Verde itself is an ancient crater, now filled by woodland (2nd photo). You can take a free tour around this given by one of the young volunteers - they are unpaid so tips are very welcome. You'll find the guides at a...more
When I entered the lovely patio of the town hall I almost fainted. Just in the middle of it there's a fountain ánd a real 'Manneke pis', just like in Brussels (in my home country). And that while people looked to us like they had never seen foreigners. They asked us all the time where we came from and how many hours it was with the bus and there...more
The mint green theatre is standing on the north side of Parque Libertad. It is built in a renaissanse style and It was inaugurated in February 1910. On the opening night an Italian opera company performed with the opera Rigoletto. The interior was grand with marble staircases, parquet floors and stained glass windows. Only 23 years later it was...more
The City Hall is a beautiful colonial style building on the western side of Parque Libertad. Above the main entrance there is a clock tower. If you enter through the main entrance you will come to a nice courtyard with palm trees and a fountain where you can sit down and rest for a while. Around the courtyard there are offices.You can visit the...more
With its neo-Gothic façade the cathedral in Santa Ana looks different than other churches in El Salvador. Construction of the big church began in 1906. In 1913 the cathedral was inaugurated, but all details were not completed. Inside there are high arches and in the front there is a marble altar from 1959. There are two bell towers, one where the...more
Coatepeque Lake is considered one of the most beautiful crater lakes in Central America. On its shore there are hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments for practising acquatic sports. In the lake there is also a small island which was a Mayan site of some importance.Coatepeque Lake can be reached from Santa Ana by an about 75 minutes bus...more
The Main Square, the center of the city life, is the main - perhaps the only - tourist site in Santa Ana. During the day-hours it is a lively and colorful place crowded with street vendors, food stalls and passers-by. All buildings of some relevance in Santa Ana are lined up around the Main Square, with the most notably of those being the...more
Santa Ana is a great base for visits to nearby Mayan Pipil ruins in Tazumal/Ahuachapan, San Andres, Joya de Ceren. Also close to the Volcan de Santa Ana, Cerro Verde Ntl. Park, and Volcan de Izalco, made famous in the book about the 1932 revolt and massacre of Indian laborers: Cenizas de Izalco.more
The theatre was built in the late 1800's as a result of a booming economy due to coffee production around the city. Italian and french architects were hired hence a classic italian theatre in the middle of salvadoran coffee country! It's being restored, but open for visitors and during performances.more
Lover’s Steakhouse is well visited and it is understandable as it is a great restaurant with yummy food and very big portions. The menu is extensive with lots of meat and seafood dishes. One of the dishes consists of a whole roasted rabbit, but I chose BBQ ribs. While I waited for the main dish I got a soup and some nacho chips. When the main dish...more
In one corner of Parque Libertad I saw an ice-cream café and headed there. At the entrance there were several drunken men though so I continued a bit further along the road and came to El Sin Rival, another ice-cream café. At El Sin Rival they have sorbets in different flavours and they are all homemade with natural ingredients. For a cup with two...more
When I drink coffee I normally only drink black coffee. I don’t like to have milk or other things in my coffee. But since my last visit to Italy I have started to drink cappuccino too. At the café The Coffee Cup in Metrocentro in Santa Ana they have a big variety of cold and hot coffee drinks. I decided to try a cappuccino with vanilla flavour and...more
I had brought snacks from Santa Ana for the volcano hike, but if you don’t have enough to eat there is a small place by the parking lot at the National Park where you can buy more. They sell drinks, bisquits, crisps, cakes and food. In the back of the house there is a woman selling pupusas and I bought one before the hike. It was not as good as the...more
Pupusas are typical El Salvadorian food and it can be bought at food stalls all around the country. They are thick tortillas stuffed with minced pork meat, beans, cheese or vegetables. You tell the sales woman which filling you want and she takes a piece of dough, form the tortilla with the filling and put it on the stove. So it is nice and warm...more
Metrocentro is a big shopping mall in the south part of the city and as most big shopping malls it has a big food court with many fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut and Campo Pollo. I don’t normally like these kind of places but this day I wanted to have a hamburger with fries. I chose to eat at Burger King...more
To go from Santa Ana to Copán Ruínas in Honduras the quickest way is to go through Guatemala and if you are using public transportation it will include changes between several buses. In the morning I went to the corner of Avenida F Moraga Sur and 13a Calle Pte in Santa Ana and there I waited 10 minutes for the next bus to Metapán. The ticket was...more
After visiting Vulcán Santa Ana , I, Denise from France and a couple from El Salvador, had something to eat at the cafeteria while we were waiting for the bus. When we had finished our meals the bus had not jet arrived and there seemed to be quite some time left before it was coming. After a while we saw that a pickup was leaving so we asked for a...more
There are direct buses from Santa Ana to Cerro Verde National Park, but they are not frequent and it is important that you don’t leave Santa Ana too late to be able to join the guided hikes up one of the volcanoes. The bus to Cerro Verde leaves from La Vencedora bus terminal, in the corner of Av F Moraga Sur with 11a Calle Pte.Denis from France,...more
Metrocentro is a big shopping mall almost 2km south of Parque Libertad. Here you will find many shops selling clothes, electronics, toys, souvenirs etc. There is also a big supermarket and many fast food restaurants and cafés, and a cinema.
The Metrocentro in Santa Ana opened up in 1998.
I found the sign in the photo posted in Santa Ana Main Square. I assume that means there is a lot of people hanging around armed. You may want to be careful and think twice before getting into some argument with somebody.
Parque Nacional Los Vulcanes has only had that name since 2003. Before it was called Parque Nacional Cerro Verde and that is the name which is still in use by many people. The national park covers an area of 6300 acres and in it there are three volcanoes: Izalco, Cerro Verde and Santa Ana.Vulcan Cerro Verde hasn’t had an eruption for 25 000 years...more
Lago de Coatepeque is a beautiful crater lake at the foot of Vulcán Santa Ana. When we climbed Santa Ana there was a viewpoint from where you can get a nice view of the lake, but unfortunately it was too cloudy and we couldn’t see it. Not until we were on our way back the lake was visible, and you will also pass the lake on your way to El...more
Favorite thing: Santa Ana is El Salvador's second largest city located in the western part of the country. The old part of the city around the central square is beautiful and very well preserved. The central square or "parque" is flanked on each side by the outstanding neo-gothic cathedral, the theatre, and the city hall, all extraordinary buildings of different styles or periods. The city of Santa Ana offers a good alternative to staying in San Salvador and offers all basic services. It's also a good base if you want to visit other parts of the country, such as the colonial town of Metapan, the Montecristo National Park (*****), the Tazumal ruins, or Coatepeque lake.