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Santa Ana (El Salvador)

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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.

Get in

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.

Do

Tazumal Maya pyramid in the town of Chalchuapa
  • 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.
Coatepeque Lake
  • Cerro Verde A must for eco-tourists, you can climb up to the top of Volcan de Izalco, which is still active.

Buy

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.

Eat

Santa Ana has many places to eat. Many of the chain restaurants such as Pollo Campero, Nash, Biggest, Burger King, McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, and Mr. Donut have locations in the city and in Metrocentro. Of course, there are more typical foods such as pupusas and tacos in which you can buy in establishments in the downtown area.

A recommended restaurant right next to the cathedral on the main square is "Los Horcones" - a fascinating structure with charming decorations and a first floor with tables looking onto the square below. Good prices and reasonable food.

One of the nicest restaurants you can visit in Santa Ana is "Alantigua", which is located across from Telecom, three blocks east from the Central Park. Visiting "Alantigua" is like time-travelling to the late 1800s, the restaurant is located in a restored house dating back to the late 1800s. Many of the original items of the house are still preserved. (Apr. 2010: this restaurant is now closed)

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. Sin Rival is considered the best brand, with several stores scattered throughout the city.

Sleep

  • Casa Frolaz, 29a Calle Poniente #42-B (Between 8 and 10 Avenidas Sur), (503) 2440 5302, (503) 2440 1693 (), [1]. A gorgeous beautifully decorated house for backpackers with clean and large dorm rooms. Hot shower, communal kitchen, free Wi-Fi and DVDs, tropical garden. Safe and secure location near Mall, Central Park, speed Internet and Restaurants. Dorm from $10.
  • Hotel Sahara, 3a calle poniente (Town center), +503 2447 8865 (). 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).

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