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Plan the Perfect Stopover in El Salvador

Destination & Tourism | El Salvador Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 03, 2015

Plan the Perfect Stopover in El Salvador

Planning a trip south of the border? Why not break up your long flight with a stopover in El Salvador?

Central America’s tropical gem is enticing visitors with a guide to stopover planning and packages to help you book. Visitors can pre-purchase their stopover through Avianca airlines or purchase a package when they land at the airport – the best part about planning a stopover in El Salvador is that there are no extra charges or fees from the airline. And the packages are inexpensive as well, starting as low as $35.

The easiest way to get the most out of your stopover is to purchase in advance, and ask Avianca about the stopover package when booking your ticket. You will then have access to a virtual platform where you can choose the best stopover package for you as well as book hotel stays and transportation options before you arrive in El Salvador.

There are a variety of different packages from which to choose, from five-hour tours that include a coastal drive or a shopping tour to two-day, one-night stays that explore the country’s vibrant capital.

Here are a few examples of ideal stopover packages available to travelers:

Surf’s Up

Want to break up your flight with a day at the beach? Maybe you can even get in some time in the waves. The Lunch and Drive Costa del Sol package is perfect for beach lovers. The $38 package includes a rental car, a map of the coastal drive and lunch at a restaurant along the way.

What you do with your day is up to you. Relax on the beach, rent a surfboard... the day is yours to explore. A similar version of this tour leaves at 9 a.m. and includes transportation to Costa del Sol as a group, use of beach/hotel facilities and lunch. It is $35 per person.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

The shopping tour departs the airport at 9 a.m. and visits one of the most modern shopping malls in Central America. Visitors will find handicrafts, prestigious brands and fantastic deals. The trip is five hours and does not include lunch. It is priced at $35 per person.

Discover San Salvador

This tour of the capital includes the historical downtown area, visits to several plazas, residential and recreational areas on a guided tour. Tours leave at 9 a.m. and return at 2 p.m., lunch is not included and the cost per person is $35. For $75, this tour can be turned into a package that includes a hotel stay.

Beach Break

Stay in El Salvador a little longer for a two-day, one-night beach break at the Royal Decameron Salinitas Hotel. This package is bookable through the stopover program at $77 per person.

Go Colonial

Visitors can go farther afield and head to the colonial town of Suchitoto, the “city of the flower bird.” The two-day, one-night city stay includes time to explore the cobblestone streets and visit the lake. 

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