Santa Ana (El Salvador)
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.
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.
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, 23Ca.Pte & 8Ave. Sur No.399 (3 Blocks from Casa Frolaz), ☎ (503)2440-3168, . 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.
- café 33:3, 25 Ca.Pte & 10 Ave Sur (front Pampa Argentina). Desserts, Sandwiches, Cold-Drinks (not alcoholic) & Hot-Driks.
- Casa Frolaz, 29a Calle Poniente #42-B (Between 8 and 10 Avenidas Sur), ☎ (503) 2440 5302, (503) 2440 1693 (email@example.com), . 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 (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.