Visit the Salvadorean Coast during your layover in the San Salvador Airport. We meet you outside, holding a sign with your name. Please turn right once you exit customs, look for our guide next to the only Soda Machine, close to the Taxi offices. We walk 5 minutes to the parking lot, get in our car and drive 30 minutes to the Pier of La Libertad, where we walk along the Malecon and check out the Fish Market. Then we drive to El Tunco, the most touristy surf beach in El Salvador, we can have traditional breakfast around this area. Then we can either swim in the ocean, lay on the sand or a hammock, take a surf lesson or just chill before we drive back to the airport aproximately one hour and a half before your next flight. If you want to swim, please come ready with your bating suit on or in your carry on.
What is the procedure to exit the airport? If you are flying with AVIANCA, you need to approach their desk and request a printout of your itinerary and a proof of the AVIANCA TRANSIT TAX, many people have to come back and get this paper so please make sure AVIANCA staff is clear that you need the TRANSIT TAX FOR LEAVING THE AIRPORT, even if its included in the flight fees. The AVIANCA desk is at the end of the terminal, close to Gate 17. Once you have this document, you can come down the stairs and do the immigration procedure where you can get your $10 tourist visa. Its completely normal that Airport Personnel doesnt english so please have a screen shot of your tour details so Immigration Staff can read you are coming back to the airport the same day.
El Salvador Layover Tours
Avianca Airlines now uses the San Salvador International Airport as a hub for connecting flights from North America to South America. Layovers can go from 6 - 12 hours. El Salvador is a tiny country, you can do many things during a layover at the airport. The airport is located 45 minutes away from San Salvador, and its also 45 minutes away from the Beaches. There is Mayan Ruins 2 hours away, great coffee in the mountains 3 hours away so the visitor can choose his tour depending on his layover time. Tours during your layover in the San Salvador Airport have become very popular as its an inexpensive way to visit another country during your layover. You dont need to take your luggage out, you dont need to check-in when you come back to the airport, as you are already checked-in. It takes aproximately 40 minutes to do the procedure through Immigration and Customs, we wait for you outside Customs. Then we follow our planned itinerary and we visit the places we already discussed through email.
We wait for you at the exit of customs, holding a sign with your name. Then we walk to our vehicle and start our tour. Popular places are the Fishmarket, El Tunco, City-Tours, The Volcanoes...and more. Another popular destination is the Pupusa tasting, pupusa is the national food of El Salvador and you can try them during your layover. After we finish, we return to the Airport aproximately 2 hours before your next flight. Email us to customize your trip or choose from mour predetermined tours.
The Most common flight connections are Bogota - San Salvador - San Francisco, Quito - San Salvador - San Francisco, Lima - San Salvador - San Diego, New York - San Salvador - Belize, Panama - San Salvador - San Francisco. All these are operated by AVIANCA Airlines. Its very common to have the people doing the Inca Trail in Peru or visiting Ecuador and Colombia and then visiting El Salvador on their way back home to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or New York.
There could be an AVIANCA fee for leaving the airport, please make sure you get your voucher at their counter. Ask the AVIANCA personnel please. There is a $10 visa fee for US, Canada and Australian Citizens. Europeans do not pay this $10. You dont need to worry about your bags, they are changed from airplanes by AVIANCA.