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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours and Activities

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The national cathedral of El Salvador may not offer the same old-world architectural charms—like ornate stone work and detailed religious statues—of its European counterparts, but the iconic white Roman Catholic church is still a stunning monument and homage to San Salvador’s deeply religious roots.

Once the site of a violent massacre where some 40 people were killed during a stampede at the funeral of Archbishop Oscar Romero, today the iconic structure offers a bit of peace and tranquility for visitors to this capital city. The white façade gives way to a colorful interior, where images of the Divine Saviour and a four-column bladcchino bless the main altar. Travelers can spend a moment in quiet contemplation, light a candle, and take in the massive paintings that depict moments in the life of Christ while on a visit to the nation’s most famous cathedral.

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Open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m. daily.
Calle Ruben Dario, San Salvador, El Salvador
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 Half day| San Salvador City Tour

Half day| San Salvador City Tour

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Get a sense for the historical highlights, beautiful handicrafts and fascinating culture of San Salvador during this 4-hour sightseeing trip. Check out national El Salvadoran landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and ‘El Salvador del Mundo’ (Savior of the World Square). You’ll also have a chance to shop for souvenirs at the San Salvador handicrafts market and discover the city’s main residential areas. This San Salvador sightseeing trip also covers a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.03
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$41.03

San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & El Boqueron National Park

San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & El Boqueron National Park

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Maximize your layover in San Salvador by enjoying an exhilarating half-day tour of the majestic volcano termed by locals as El Boquerón, or Big Mouth. Depart from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport with a VIP fast-track customs clearance and head into the historical heart of San Salvador to see significant sights like Salvador del Mundo Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. This tour can be done as a privately guided tour or unguided and includes the convenience of round-trip transportation from the airport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.94
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$76.94
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San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

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Maximise your time and minimise your spending, with this great-value combo tour, pairing two of El Salvador’s most popular attractions, plus hotel pick-up. Uncover San Salvador’s colonial history on a 2-hour walking tour, taking in highlights like Masferrer Square, Salvador del Mundo Square, El Rosario Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, journey to the UNESCO-listed Mayan ruins of Joya de Cerén for a 2-hour guided tour and learn how the fascinating archaeological site earned its nickname as the 'Pompeii of the Americas’.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.39
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$55.39
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Full day | San Salvador City Tour and Boqueron Volcano

Full day | San Salvador City Tour and Boqueron Volcano

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Journey to the capitol city of El Salvador during this city and volcano tour, including round-trip transport from select hotels. First, explore the city with a guide who knows the best and safest ways around, and see San Salvador Cathedral, Iglesia El Rosario, Plaza Libertad, and the National Palace. Then travel to San Salvador volcano, and stroll the streets of Santa Tecla.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.26
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$50.26
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Layover San Salvador City Tour EXPRESS

Layover San Salvador City Tour EXPRESS

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Make the most of your layover at San Salvador airport with this 5-hour city tour. During your trip you’ll get a sense for the culture, history and religious traditions of El Salvador, stopping to admire some of the most important landmarks in its capital city. Check out monuments like the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, the Monument to the Heroes and much more. Finish by shopping for souvenirs at San Salvador’s handicrafts market. This layover sightseeing trip also includes round-trip airport transport and a guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & Joya de Cerén

San Salvador Layover Tour | City Sightseeing & Joya de Cerén

Got time to spare before your onward flight? Maximise your time in San Salvador with a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s highlights and a visit to the UNESCO-listed Mayan site of Joya de Cerén. Choose to explore the sights independently or with a private guide on a 4- to 6-hour tour, taking in landmarks like Salvador del Mundo Square and El Rosario Church, then exploring the fascinating ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. This tour includes pick-up and drop-off at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.85
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$71.85
Price varies by group size

San Salvador Historic Downtown Bike Tour

San Salvador Historic Downtown Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of El Salvador during this 3-hour exploration of San Salvador’s historic landmarks by bike. This Central American capital’s historic zone is home to more 400 historic structures, offering the perfect setting for a bike-themed sightseeing trip. Check out key attractions like the country’s former Presidential House, First Cry of Independence Bell, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and many more. Your cycling-themed exploration of San Salvador includes a guide, bike and helmet, snacks, water and optional round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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$25.65
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San Salvador Highlights: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano.

San Salvador Highlights: Explore Old City Downtown, local market and volcano.

Explore the highlights of the city with a guide native of San Salvador. Visit major historical spots, main avenues, commercial and residential districts, sightseeing landmarks and monuments that commemorate relevant historical figures and events. Many public buildings in El Centro were made during years of splendor of coffee exports, with a mix of architectural styles. Since the recent renovation Downtown is nicer and safer than ever to walk. Many businesses are boosting up and it has become "the place to be". Walk the streets learning details events that occurred on this very place over almost 500 years of history and the people that took part in it. From colony to Independence. From the Federation to the Coffee Republic. From military regimes to democracy. From repressions to big celebrations and presidential inaugurations. On the afternoon visit a local market (you can have lunch here) followed by a walk in the cloud forest at El Boquerón Nat. Park, on San Salvador volcano.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
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$85.00
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San Salvador and Panchimalco City Tour

San Salvador and Panchimalco City Tour

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Explore the city of San Salvador and the colonial town of Panchimalco on this all-day guided tour. Learn about the history of El Salvador through the capital city’s monuments and landmarks, including El Salvador del Mundo, Cuscatlan Park, and the famous Metropolitan Cathedral. From there, head to one of the oldest pre-Columbian cities in the country, Panchimalco.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.16
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$96.16
Price varies by group size

Express tour of the Historic Center of San Salvador

Express tour of the Historic Center of San Salvador

A personalized and fast tour of the historic center of San Salvador will let you know in a synthetic way one of the most important places in the country.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.52
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$20.52
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City Tour San Salvador

City Tour San Salvador

CITY TOUR We will visit the main residential areas of the city, its most important avenues, the craft market and the Historic Center of San Salvador where it is located: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, the National Theater and the enigmatic church the rosary
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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$28.00

San Salvador Historic Center Tour

San Salvador Historic Center Tour

You will have a unique experience visiting the historic center of San Salvador. You will have the company of a certified and knowledgeable guide of the history and culture of the country.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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$35.90

2 Day Private transit tour in El Salvador from the airport

2 Day Private transit tour in El Salvador from the airport

Make the most of your time in San Salvador, the Central American capital that punches well above its weight, with this unexpected 2-day, 1-night city visit. Check out the sublime views from the Devil’s Gate, a rock formation just outside of town, and learn about the life of human rights activist Monsignor Romero at his city memorial. You’ll also explore Mayan history at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Joya de Cerén and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Boquerón National Park. Your trip also covers a guide, accommodations, entrance fees, daily breakfast and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
Price varies by group size
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$160.00
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San Salvador Half- day City tour

San Salvador Half- day City tour

See some of the most interesting areas in the capital including new residential areas from the west part in town, with the beautiful viewpoint where you will get the best photo of the valley, see the Salvador del Mundo plaza where families and friends get together during evenings, on route see Parque cuscatlan and the interesting Flor Blanca castle, you will walk in the city center enjoy an inside visit of Famous El Rosario Church, main plazas in city center, if avaliable your guide will take you to the coin museum. Optional visit to national palace is avaliable fomr Tue to sat. Return to your hotel .
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.29
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$51.29
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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) hours of operation: Open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m. daily.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 14 Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) costs USD 20.52. Guided Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) tours start around USD 20.52 per person. See all 14 Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) tickets and tours on Viator.
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