Imposible tours

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Tacuba is near many of El Salvador's touristed locations.

Lago Coatepeque

The volcanic crater lake is situated 18 km south of the city of Santa Ana, and is 6 km wide and 120 m deep. Lago Coatepeque is an ideal destination for water sports like kayaking, sailing, water-skiing... The Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes loom above the lake: visitors enjoy climbing the volcanoes in the National Park Cerro Verde.

Ruta de las Flores

The 36 kilometer route, winding through the moutains from Sonsonate to Ahuachapan, offers a beautiful and scenic tour through 5 cities in this verdant, flowering region. One such city, Juayua, is a charming mountain village nestled in the coffee-growing hills. Visit the town church, famous for the "Cristo Negro," carved in the late 16th century; and on Sundays, the popular food fair in front of the parque central. From November to March, enjoy the white coffee blossoms that dot the hills and the plantations.

The archeological site of Tazumal

The most impressive Mayan ruins in El Salvador are located in the town of Chalchuapa, between Santa Ana and Ahuachapan (1h30 from Tacuba). The settlements date from 1200 BC and the largest structure is 24 meters in height, with 12 steps or platforms, and tombs filled with as many as 116 vessels, jade jewelry, "mirrors" made of iron, artifacts from a ballgame and ceramics decorated with the shapes of lizards, and to the south what appears to be a field for ballgames.

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