Go Exploring In Santa Ana, El Salvador
PHOTO: Hike the volcano at Santa Ana for one of the most thrilling experiences. (Photo courtesy El Salvador Tourism)
The second-largest city in El Salvador, Santa Ana is nestled between mountain ranges and offers spectacular views and natural landmarks. But what else would you expect from a city that sits at the foot of a volcano?
The town is also a commercial hub in the region, serving as the base for major coffee operations and other businesses that drive much of the area economy.
For someone planning a trip to Santa Ana, though, probably the most important thing to know is that there are many exciting things to see and do here. The range of possibilities for ways that you could fill your time while you are here would be too long to list, but there are some popular highlights you probably would not want to miss. Here are some things we think should definitely be on your agenda when planning to spend a week in Santa Ana:
Indulge in some local eats. As with any exotic or far away location, the ability to enjoy local culinary delights prepared by native residents should be high on your list of planned activities. While in Santa Ana, you will want to sample pupusa, one of the most well-known traditional dishes in El Salvador. It consists of a handmade tortilla stuffed with cheese, ground pork and other ingredients. For a wide range of more diverse dining options, Simmer Down is a popular café with a menu that includes everything from chicken breast to veggie pizza. Or cool off with a refreshing treat at Sorbetes Sin Rival, which is said to have some of the best ice cream around.
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Visit the cathedral and museums. It’s impossible to miss the Santa Ana Cathedral, as it is one of the most eye-catching structures in the entire town. Over 100 years old, this landmark features striking Gothic architecture and an interior that manages to feel spacious, serene and a little bit spooky all at once. Those who crave culture will want to visit one or several of the local museums. From one specifically designed for children to another that spotlights exhibits and artifacts related to anthropology, there are enough to provide something for everything.
Hike the volcano. If you are like most of us, you don’t happen upon the chance to get up-close to a volcano very often, so you should take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy it to the fullest. At almost 8,000 feet high, the peak of this volcano offers some unrivaled views that relatively few people get to enjoy. Official guides are available to accompany on your hike and ensure you navigate the terrain safely.
Camp out at Lake Coatepeque. While you are near the volcano, plan to spend some time at Lake Coatepeque, situated on its slope. A beautiful and serene atmosphere awaits when you arrive here, and with the unusual surroundings, this location offers views and scenery that you wouldn’t find in many other spots. Beachfront cabins and hotels are available for those who want to spend a night or a weekend.
These are just a few suggestions from among the many fun and interesting things you can do while in Santa Ana. Learn more, and plan your trip to this part of El Salvador now.
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