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Fiestas Julias in Santa Ana

Fiestas Julias, one of El Salvador’s lively annual festivals, will take place July 17 - 26 in the colonial city of Santa Ana. Honoring the patron saint of the city, the weeklong festival includes parades, live music, artistic exhibitions, pageants, sporting events, and much more. While in the area, visitors can hike the Santa Ana Volcano to the turquoise crater lake at the summit. More information on the festival is available here.

Weekly Juayua Food Festival

Every weekend, the small town of Juayua along the Route of Flowers comes alive with its popular food festival. Locals from villages around the country converge to sell their specialties, and visitors gather to sample an array of traditional Salvadorean dishes. Travelers can taste local favorites such as pupusas, tamales, a range of soups, and corn tortillas loaded with assorted toppings. More information is available here.



Barceló San Salvador

Offering an unbeatable location in the country’s capital city, Barceló San Salvador is just 45 minutes from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport and close to the Multiplaza, Cascadas, and Gran Via shopping centers, as well as the Museum of Art. The hotel features 205 upscale rooms with views of the surrounding leafy landscape against the backdrop of the San Salvador volcano. It boasts two onsite restarurants and an open-air pool with bar service. More information is available here.



GreenBlueRed specializes in authentic, responsible, and meaningful travel with expert guides offering colorful experiences in El Salvador. With the El Salvador Stop Over package, travelers with connecting flights in El Salvador can enjoy a fun day in the country before continuing to their final destination. Longer packages are available for weekend getaways or weeklong vacations. Travelers can select their style of travel from Green (rainforests, cloud forests, and tropical dry forests), Blue (lakes, rivers, and oceans), and Red (Maya history, coffee, heritage, and crafts). Immersive activities include indigo dying workshops, coffee tours, and sea turtle conservation experiences. More information is available here.

Q & A

Esther Van Dort

Owner, Epic Tours El Salvador

What is one off-the-beaten path activity visitors must try?

Adventure seekers should go to Jiquilisco Bay, a natural treasure located in the eastern part of the country and home to abundant biodiversity. Book a sea turtle conservation tour to learn about the ICAPO project and assist with sea turtle tracking initiatives. The tour is guided by professional veterinarians or biologists who work directly with the program.

What are the top three reasons to visit El Salvador?

  • Authentic, genuine experiences: El Salvador is a place where you really get to know the country and its people.
  • Small size: El Salvador’s roads make it easy to travel throughout the country.
  • Diversity: Visitors can choose from so many things to do. Outdoor adventure highlights include surfing, hiking, zip lining, rafting, and mountain biking. You can also discover culture through the country’s Spanish colonial-style buildings, local crafts and architecture, Maya history, and more.

Where would you send a client to experience the rich culture of El Salvador?

Travelers should visit Suchitoto and the nearby archeological site of Cihuatan for an Indigo workshop at Finca Los Nacimientos. Take a half day trip to Cinquera and get to know the civil war history by an ex-guerrilla.

What four words best describe El Salvador?

Friendly. Colorful. Authentic. Diverse.

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