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How to spend 7 days: 3 in El Salvador, 4 in Panama

traveling to El Salvador and Panama in mid November 2014.

looking for recommendations on things to do in El Salvador.  have reservation at Hilton Princess in San Salvador to use as home base.  traveling with my wife.  what are the must see and hidden gems in this country?

after El Salvador, we travel to Panama City for 4 days.  booked Waldorf Astoria in city. [hookup thru friend, not baller status]

looking for must do's in each place.  not necessarily tourist items that are easily found.

i'm well traveled, 35+ countries.  budget is a little above average, not luxe.

thanks for your help! 

4 Answers

top answer by
Gabriela from El Salvador

There is a several places in San Salvador:

If you wanna go cultural you may visit museums as

Museo de Arte de El Salvador - MARTE -- Facebook page

Museo Municipal Tecleno MUTE

Palacio Nacional -- Facebook page

Teatro Nacional -- Facebook page

-La Casa Tomada -- Facebook page

If you wanna go for fun at bars you may go to:

Paseo El Carmen -- Facebook page (this is a whole street full of bars and restaurants, it's better at night, but daylight you can visit the church)

Near from your hotel is the Zona Rosa, there is also bars and restaurants one of my favourite is "la ola betos" Zanzíbar and Gaudí Bar, is right behind your hotel if you're staying at Hilton Princess San Salvador.

If you wanna go for summer beach party you can go to:

Playa El Tunco:

-Monkey LALA. -- Facebook page

-The Lab -- Facebook page

Playa El Zonte:

-Olas Permanentes -- Facebook page

-Casa Frida -- Facebook page

All these places are not that expensive, you may choose to spend from $5 to $50

Hope you enjoy your stay at El Salvador :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Museo de Arte de El Salvador - MARTE (attraction)
  2. Museo Municipal Tecleno MUTE (attraction)
  3. Palacio Nacional (attraction)
  4. Teatro Nacional (attraction)
  5. La Casa Tomada (attraction)
  6. Paseo El Carmen (attraction)
  7. Zanzíbar (attraction)
  8. Gaudí Bar (attraction)
  9. Hilton Princess San Salvador (hotel)
  10. Playa El Tunco (attraction)
  11. Monkey LALA. (hotel)
  12. The Lab (attraction)
  13. Playa El Zonte (attraction)
  14. Olas Permanentes (hotel)
  15. Casa Frida (hotel)
  16. Zona Rosa (neighborhood)
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answered by
Maria Jose from Strasbourg

Listen, as someone who has lived in San Salvador for a long time, I'd say skip the sites in the city. Make day trips from where you are to the beach, volcanoes, small towns nearby. After all, El Salvador is very small so if you rent a car you'll get around quite easily. This is what I would do in El Salvador for three days:

Day 1:  El Tunco
Day 2: Lago de Coatepeque, hike up the Volcan De Santa Ana O Ilamatepec and visit Concepción de Ataco if you have the time.

Day 3: Suchitoto

Eat at: Hola Beto's (best location is on La Libertad) and Caliche's for seafood and Granjita Santamaria and Tipicos Margoth are great Salvadoran restaurants. i really recommend the Granjita, I discovered it early this year. All of these, except of Tipicos Margoth are a couple of blocks away from your hotel.
For drinks or a night out definitely Zona Rosa which is exactly where your hotel is located. 

El Salvador is a coffee producer and Viva Espresso Torre Futura

I've only been to Panama twice, but I have to tell you it's a good place to shop. 

The Casco Viejois not to be missed. 

If you're really into that sort of thing maybe visit the Panama Canal for a tour, but quite a few locals will agree with me and say it's actually quite dull. 

The Cinta Costera is also a good place to visit, maybe sit down for a meal or drinks. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. El Tunco (attraction)
  2. Lago de Coatepeque (attraction)
  3. Volcan De Santa Ana O Ilamatepec (attraction)
  4. Concepción de Ataco (attraction)
  5. Suchitoto (attraction)
  6. Zona Rosa (neighborhood)
  7. Viva Espresso Torre Futura (restaurant)
  8. Casco Viejo (attraction)
  9. Panama Canal (attraction)
  10. Cinta Costera (attraction)
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answered first by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello!! Haven't had the chance to visit El Salvador but have a lot of suggestions for  you to do in Panama City as I visit the city 2 or 3 times a year.

There are many activities you can plan in dowtown Panama. First and foremost you cant miss the Gamboa Rainforest Resort at the Panama Canal. This 48 mile ship canal connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. Pretty impressive!!

I also recommend Calzada Amador. It connects mainland of Panama City with 4 islands that form a small archipelago. You can find here many restaurants and bars as well, and also you can practice jogging, biking, skating and fishing among others. Really nice place to visit.

Casco Antiguo is also a beautiful and interesting place to visit as it is the historic district of Panama City. Main sights to visit are: Palacio de las Garzas, Panama Canal Museum, Palacio Bolívar, etc.

And last but not least Cinta Costera. Panama City is a beautiful city, full of joy and pretty nice people.




Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gamboa Rainforest Resort at the Panama Canal (hotel)
  2. Calzada Amador (attraction)
  3. Casco Antiguo (attraction)
  4. Cinta Costera (attraction)
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answered by
Byron from Granada (Nicaragua)

Close to San Salvador is Suchitoto and lake Lago Suchitlán highly Recomended little colonial town close to San Salvador and if you like the city and want to spend more time there give it a try to  Los Almendros de San Lorenzo Best hotel in the Area.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Suchitoto (attraction)
  2. Lago Suchitlán (attraction)
  3. Los Almendros de San Lorenzo (hotel)

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