Santa Ana is the second largest city of El Salvador and a very important one in terms of agriculture, coffee production(coffee is in all the stores) and more. Santa Ana has a mall, restaurants, good paved roads and nice people you can talk to. It also has some of the best architecture in El Salvador, including the Cathedral of Santa Ana, a marvel of neo-gothic architecture, the Teatro de Santa Ana, beautifully decorated theatre of the early 1900's; and the Palacio Municipal, or in Spanish, the Municipal Palace, in front of the main plaza with giant palm trees shooting out from its courtyards.
You can enter the city through the Pan-American Highway, which also has an exit leading towards the mall and the city center. Many buses have stops in Santa Ana, and there is a large bus terminal in the city.
Also, taxis can take you there from San Salvador or the Airport.
Also, people in El Salvador are simply amazing!
Most buses headed towards San Salvador from Guatemala City stop along 25 Calle Poniente in Santa Ana. Be sure to let the conductor know you want to stop in Santa Ana. Entering from Guatemala may be to your advantage, because tourists from the United States rarely pay the $10 for a tourist card. Four bus lines headed from Guatemala stop through Santa Ana on their way to San Salvador : Tica, Galgos, Melva, and Pezzarossi.
Tazumal : One of the most important pre-Columbian sites in El Salvador. Excavated ruins cover an area of 10 sq km and the largest Mayan temple in El Salvador. Located just north of Santa Ana.
Lago de Coatepeque Beautiful lake that was once an active volcano caldera.
Cerro Verde A must for eco-tourists, you can climb up to the top of Volcan de Izalco, which is still active.
Volcan Santa Ana Next to Cerro Verde, this volcano is noteworthy for the turquoise lake in its crater. To get to the park, take bus 248 at 7:30 am from the small station at the corner of 11a Calle Poniente and Ave Fray Felipe de Jesus Mirage. The ride takes 2 hours and costs $0.90. The park is the final stop on the line, so don't worry about missing it. Entrance to the park costs $3. Inside the park, a small comedor serves breakfast for $1.50 and lunch for $3. Cabins can be rented for $36 per night (up to 3 people per cabin). They will only let you do the hike with a guide which leaves daily at 11am and costs $1. Along the trail, there is an additional fee of $1 to pass through some private property and then a $6 fee to climb the volcano itself. The hike up takes 2 hours and is moderately difficult. The weather is chilly at the high altitude so long pants, a jacket, and a windbreaker are recommended. It can be done in sneakers. The bus back to town leaves at 4pm. You may need to change busses on the way back. $1.10 should cover the two.
A Metrocentro Mall is located in Santa Ana. The mall here has department stores such as Siman. Also there are many shops and a cinema in the two floors that are in the mall.
Metrocentro Mall in Santa Ana
You can also buy things in the city center such as handcrafted goods, electronics, furniture, and many more items found in stores across the city.
There are also car dealerships here, but tourists don't really come to Santa Ana to buy cars.
Santa Ana has many places to eat. Many of the chain restaurants have locations in the city and in Metrocentro(fried chiken, pizza, hamburguer, hot-dog).
Of course, there are more typical foods such as pupusas,tamales and atole in which you can buy in establishments in the downtown area, also in "Colonia el Palmar", next to Stadium Oscar Quiteño.
A recommended place for the view is the restaurant "Los Horcones" right next to the cathedral, is - a fascinating structure with charming decorations and a first floor with tables looking onto the square below. For the sweet tooth, don't miss Pasteleria Ban-Ban. Serves up probably the best desserts in all of El Salvador. Locations in the downtown area and Metrocentro.
Santa Ana is also famous for its famous sherberts (ice-cream): "Sin Rival" is considered the best brand, with several stores scattered throughout the city.
Quattro Estaciones, 29Calle.Poniente & 8a 10a. Ave. Sur, ☎ (503)2440-1564, . 12m-10pm.. This is the only place in the city with Mediterranean Food. Entrees, Salads, Sanwiches, Pasta, Chicken, Beef, Desserts and one of the best Coffe in Town. Wines, Drinks & Teas.$1-$12. edit
Casa Frolaz (Hostal), 29a Calle Poniente #42-B (Between 8 and 10 Avenidas Sur), ☎ (503) 2440 1564 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkout: 11am. A gorgeous beautifully decorated house for backpackers with clean and large dorm rooms. Hot shower, free Wi-Fi and DVDs, tropical garden. Safe and secure location near Mall, Central Park, speed Internet, Restaurants ad Bus Terminal. info: casafrolaz.blog.comDorm from $8. edit
Casa Verde (Hostal), 7a. Calle Poniente (Between 8 and 10 Avenidas Sur; look for the big green house), ☎ (503) 7840-4896 (email@example.com), . checkout: 1 pm. Casa Verde is safe and secure and offers modern, spotless, comfortable rooms and bathrooms, 2 incredibly well-stocked kitchens, free coffee, water, and WiFi (and a computer), a laundry area, parking, and pick up/drop-off service, beautiful patios, hammocks, TV/movie room, a swimming pool, and rooftop deck. Centrally located, a short walk to the main square, bus terminal, and a large grocery store. Carlos, the owner, lives on site and is an excellent source of information for the Santa Ana area and travelling in El Salvador. Dorm from $10, private rooms are also available. edit
Hotel Sahara, 3a calle poniente (Town center), ☎ +503 2447 8865 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Recently was built here; the rooms are great, comfortable and cheap. It's not a run down or bad hotel at all but probably the only one of the region in this category (not counting San Salvador or the beaches). $40.00. edit