1 independent reviews for El Salvador tour, private departure

Reviews for El Salvador tour, private departure


review 11 Jan 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trip around the Golfe de Fonseca and a day spent with an ex guerilla in Perquin

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you enjoy hiking - El Impossible and Cerro El Pericon are excellent. Wonderful walks and wild swims. Cinquera Forest national Park is a disappointment - 30 minutes stroll and dirty pool. Cerro Verde - 20 minute woodland stroll but fab views.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We used local guides, learnt about the Civil War and ate in a variety of local restaurants / papuserias. We also walked in the national parks who are promoting conservation. There are few tourists in El Salvador (we didn't meet any until we were in a coastal resort) so at the moment they impact is small however there is already masses of plastic waste (especially bottles) in the ditches beside the roads (especially around San Salvador) . You can only drink boiled water and only at the eco-lodges we stayed at did they provide boiled water in jugs otherwise it is in plastic bottles everywhere - be it cafes, restaurants or hotels and no opportunity to fill our own bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a really wonderful holiday. The local operator is unsophisticated but the guide and driver were charming, friendly, knowledgeable and hugely proud of their country and went out of their way to give us the best possible experience. We had a couple of glitches where the rooms we had booked weren't available but the pleasure outweighed the problems.

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