Free tour of the historic center of San Salvador

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Carlos
Quality Verified Registered on March 25, 2023

Hello!! Welcome everyone to the land of volcanoes, beaches and warm people, El Salvador! My name is Carlos, born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador, I am a traveller passionate about history, I like to meet other travellers and show them the hidden wonders, history and beautiful landscapes of this land. I work as a tour guide in the town center and I also have mountain tours all around the country, my passion is to share my knowledge with everyone who wants to know my beautiful country!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

If you are passionate about learning about the history of the capital of this land called El Salvador, walking through its streets with a local from the capital and also interacting with other travelers, then this tour is for you. We will meet in Plaza Gerardo Barrios in the heart of the city and we will learn about the history and curiosities of San Salvador.

What are we going to visit?

  • Liberty Square (start of the tour)
  • El Rosario Church (Admission $1 USD for nationals and $2 USD for foreigners)
  • The National Palace (Admission $1 USD for nationals, $3 USD for Central Americans and resident foreigners and $5 USD for Foreigners)
  • The Cathedral of San Salvador
  • The Crypt of Monsignor Romero
  • Central Market
  • Finally you will have the opportunity to taste typical dishes of Salvadoran gastronomy.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees to the national palace or El Rosario church.

Wear comfortable shoes for a 2 hour 30 min walk
-Bring 1 liter of water or you can buy it in the surrounding stores
-Don't forget sunscreen and preferably wear a cap or hat
-Want to meet other travelers and the history of San Salvador

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    MRX5+3G3 Civic Square Captain General...
    MRX5+3G3 Civic Square Captain General Gerardo Barrios, San Salvador, El Salvador
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    I will be at the foot of the monument that is right in the middle of the park wearing a white shirt with the GuruWalk logo

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaza Gerardo Barrios
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Plaza Libertad
  • 3
    Entrance not included
    El Rosario Church
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Museo y Biblioteca "Luis Alfaro Durán" (Banco Central de Reserva)
  • 5
    Entrance not included
    Palacio Nacional de El Salvador
  • 6
    Free admission
    Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador
  • 7
    Free admission
    Mercado Central
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Plaza Gerardo Barrios

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ivana 20 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Walking tour with Carlos was one of the best walking tours I’ve done! Not even he covered the El Salvadorian history but also a bit of central American history. He happily answered all of our questions. He even took us to a local market and bought some fruits to try. At the end of the tour we had a small quiz and the winner got a small gift which was super nice gesture. And when I thought it can’t get any better, he offered to drive us to the volcano for a dinner and nice viewpoint for an additional price. :) It was just a perfect day!
Karen 18 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Very interesting historical tour of downtown, and really enjoyed tasting some different kinds of fruits at the end. Thank you!
Abraham 14 May 2024

Un Tour muy ilustrativo e interactivo, Carlos muy bien guía, llevándote a lugares que sino es con el no se iría.
julio 11 May 2024
Los Angeles

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Is very gratifying met tourist guy’s with energy and knowledge about the city and history, he was well prepared with maps and pictures from the past . Also he was a cool dude and funny.
Xavier Clerch 10 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Carlos no canceló el tour a pesar de que finalmente yo fui el unico asistente en un dia entre semana! Cosa que agradezco mucho! Muy buen tour y Carlos está muy bien documentado! Lo recomiendo!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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