El Salvador and Honduras holiday
Description of El Salvador and Honduras holiday
Discover two of Latin America’s most underrated gems on a spectacular adventure deep into the heart of lands blessed with stunning natural beauty, plus a richly distinctive cultural inheritance featuring captivating colonial cities along with epic Mayan ruins.
In El Salvador’s Joya de Ceren you'll discover a UNESCO site often referred to as ‘The Pompeii of America’. Then compare the awestruck epithets with its Honduran counterpart in the magnificent ruins of Copan. Home to some of the most remarkable Mayan remains left in Central America, this has earned it the title ‘Paris of the Ancient Maya World’.
You'll travel through a landscape liberally scattered with reminders of the country’s more recent – and sometimes turbulent - heritage. Against the backdrop of breathtakingly pristine wilderness, we’ll visit artisan markets, revolutionary museums and some of the most picturesque towns in the region. These include Gracias, the 1000-year-old town of Suchitoto, the mountain town of Ataco plus Santa Ana City, El Salvador’s historic second city.
There will be a chance to engage with indigenous rural communities too, as well as tap into the region's colourful wildlife, from abundant bird life to a boat trip on the sweeping Bahia de Jiquilisco with marine biologists to assist with monitoring the local sea turtle population. Other epic landscape sights include the San Salvador supervolcano in El Boqueron National Park.
Traversing the 'Route of the Flowers' provides a ravishing finale, sweeping through some of the prettiest and most cultured towns in El Salvador, including Juayúa with its famous ‘river of purple of orchids’.
2022: 22 Jan
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.
We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.
This trip is a brilliant example of how sustainable eco-tourism can benefit locals and tourists alike, and on this tour we will be supporting both Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras, as well as Jiquilisco Bay in El Salvador. Jiquilisco Bay is a mangrove lined estuary and declared biosphere reserve that plays a vital role in preventing natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, as well as erosion control and soil retention. The bay is also surrounded by small communities that depend on this land to make a sustainable living through tourism, livestock rearing, shrimp farming and agricultural work.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.
PeopleWe have always believed that we should run all our trips in as responsible a manner as possible and let our clients decide for themselves if they wish to visit a certain country or not. Central America has a reputation for being dangerous or scary to visit, largely due to gang violence. However, as we know the media perception is not always the full story and we know first-hand from our own staff who have lived and travelled here, that as long as you take your common sense with you, most tourists will experience nothing but warm, friendly and hospitable people – and a beautiful corner of the world!
But how easy is it to travel responsibly? How does the ethical traveller make sure the money they are spending reaches ordinary people?
El Salvador and Honduras over recent years have been cracking down on a number of issues and putting efforts into developing their tourism infrastructure and promoting how much they have to offer. This trip is a great opportunity to support these efforts and benefit both the tourism industry and smaller local communities who have taken the initiative to build a future for themselves.
In El Salvador we will visit the self-developed community of Nuevo Gualcho. A community comprised of refugees who returned home from Honduras after the civil war and after building a life for themselves, the youth have now taken the initiative to develop a small eco-tourism route. This route is designed not only to showcase the beautiful land on which they live, the natural pool and ‘mirador’ viewpoint but also to teach tourists the incredible history this tiny municipal has. The benefit to supporting this route, is to provide the youth with a sustainable income, so they do not have to leave their families for the USA as so many of their older family members have done before them.
Our company has grown up on the premise of encouraging local interaction that benefits both the tourist and the local and this trip does not fall short of opportunities to get immersed in local culture and learn first-hand what life is like here.
On this trip we also use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating eco-lodges, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.
We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit.