Lake and bird island boat tour

Our lake tour includes transportation to the port of San Juan, a short tour of tourist center on the lake with some time to visit the handicraft shops and see local art. We will then get on board a small motor boat to enjoy a relaxing ride on Lake Suchitlan, El Salvador's largest lake.

The boat ride lasts about one an hour thrity minutes, including a slow trip around Bird Island (Isla de Los Pájaros) a natural bird reserve where many varieties of migratory water birds nest.

After the boat ride you will have a chance to have a drink, snack or lunch at one of the many restaurants at the tourist center (cost not included in tour), then transportation back to the main plaza or your hotel or hostel.

The full tour lasts around from one to three hours and includes a fully bilingual guide, price of tour covers transportation, use of binoculars, entrance fees and boat tour.

Cost: $50/person with a minimum group of 3(Minimum cost of $150), we do offer discounts for groups of 5 or more. There is 10 person maximum per boat.

Included in this tour:

• Transportation in Suchitoto in vehicle with A/C

• Bottled water(1bottle/person)

• All Entrance fees

• Local guide fees

• Bilingual guide


Tour Duration of Tour including transportation: 2-3.5 hours


Difficulty level of Tour: easy


Not Include

• Snacks and Meals

• Lodging

• Optional Tips to local guides

• Cost of optional activities including: Mountain bike, Jet ski, Buggy, Zip line/Canopy, Kayak, Rafting or other activities not mentioned in tour description


 

Ron Cihuatan

Photo gallery of Cihuatan rum tour

Gringo Tours is proud to present our newest and most exclusive tour. Join us on this limited edition small group tour of El Salvador’s first Rum distillery. The Ron Cihuatán distillery is located just 45 minutes from Suchitoto and San Salvador and has recently opened its door to Gringo Tours allowing us to share this rum tasting and production adventure with travelers from around the world. Because we will be visiting a working distillery (solera ageing, blending and bottling areas) the tour will be offered once a month and on demand, so you will have to make your plans in advance to be able to join us. This tour is not open to the public and is exclusively coordinated by Gringo Tours owner Robert Broz and the Team at Ron Cihuatán. The rum tasting tour is given by the head of production in the solera storage warehouses as well as the master blender and bottling area, the tour does not include the actual distillery where the alcohol is made as it is an industrial plant within the La Cabaña sugar refinery. Our guide will tell you all you want to know about the sugar cane production and processing as we drive from the city or Suchitoto.

To schedule tours of the Cihuatan distillery we need a minimum of five workdays, this to coordinate with the distillery and insure the quality tour that both Cihuatan and Gringo Tours wants to provide. For security reasons we are also required to a list of our clients as well as copies of their identifications to be able to enter the facilities. 

As of August of 2018, we are officially offering these new and exclusive tours which we hope to offer in the future as demand increases. If interested please let us know as soon as you have your dates to see if we can offer you or your group this wonderful experience The tour of Ron Cihuatán’s production area (solera ageing and blending and bottling) will include tasting of different Salvadoran rums exclusive to Ron Cihuatán, each with its own distinct flavors and character. As we are enjoying the sample tastings, we will learn about the solera technique of ageing and blending before visiting the blending and bottling plant where we will have a taste of the final, ready to bottle Ron Cihuatán.The tour of the Cihuatan distillery will include your choice of one bottle of Ron Cihuatan 8 or 12 Year Rums, each with its own unique taste and both distilled and aged exclusively in El Salvador. If you want to purchase more that can be arranged as well. Gringo Tours is offering different options with tours departing from Suchitoto or San Salvador and with group size from 5 to 12 persons. Although we know this tour will be popular, we do maintain a minimum group size of 5.

Option #1 (from Suchitoto) Visiting Ron Cihuatan distillery has a cost of $50/person, this includes as mentioned before your choice of one bottle of Cihuatan Rum, transportation to and from the distillery from Suchitoto, a certified and bilingual driver guide and a bottle of water.

Option #2 (from San Salvador) Visiting Ron Cihuatan distillery has a cost of $60/person, this includes as mentioned before your choice of one bottle of Cihuatan Rum, transportation to and from the distillery from San Salvador, a certified and bilingual driver guide and a bottle of water.

Option #3 Make a day of it and include a visit to El Salvador’s largest Mayan site Cihuatán with its typical Mayan ball court and main unique pyramid. We combine the 1.5-2 hours tour of the distillery with the nearby Mayan site making it a fuller day trip and combining our past Mayan cultural with today’s Rum production. The cost for this tour is $80/person, which again includes your choice of one bottle Cihuatán Rum, transportation to and from the distillery and Mayan site of Cihuatán from Suchitoto or San Salvador (tour can be arranged for other destinations in El Salvador), all entrance fees, a certified and bilingual driver guide and two bottles of water.

Option #4  Make it a full day and include a visit to the colorful mountain town of La Palma to see how the painted wood handicrafts are produced and see Fernando Llort’s and Alfredo’s Linares art style throughout the city. We combine the 1.5-2 hours tour of the distillery with lunch and a short tour of La Palma combining our local handicrafts with today’s Rum production. The cost for this tour is $100/person.

This includes your choice of one bottle of Cihuatán Rum, transportation to and from the distillery from Suchitoto or San Salvador (this tour can be arranged for other destinations in El Salvador as well), and tour of La Palma, with one of our certified and bilingual driver guides and a two bottles of water. The price does not include the cost of lunch.

Main church, Cinquera, El Salvador

One of our more popular tours for those staying in Suchitoto!

Cinquera-Civil war and eco tour

The neighboring town of Cinquera with its sub-tropical eco forest makes a good option to combine the history of the recent civil war and local wildlife while at the same time supporting a communal eco-tourism program that benefits many in the area.

Our tour includes the park entrance fees, cost a local park guide, a simple lunch at the association’s (ARDM) eatery, bottled water, transportation from Suchitoto to Cinquera, a short tour of the plaza and church in Cinquera and if time permits a visit ARDM’s to an iguana farm. The association also runs a small museum that we include if interested and can take the heat inside the small building.

The tour requires an average to moderate-advanced effort for the 2-3 hour hike in the forest reserve area. For those in good shape the local guide will take you up to the lookout tower which although rustic offers nice views of the surround area.

If time permits a stop at the famous Los Tercios waterfall can be included on the return trip to Suchitoto.

This tour is best done in the morning and don’t forget to bring your swim suit because inside the forest there is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole, the swim is best after the hike up to the lookout….

This tour cost $50/person with a minimum group of 3(Minimum cost of $150), we do offer discounts for groups of 5 or more. This tour can also be arranged from San Salvador at our regular rates for full day tours.

 

Included in this tour:

• Transportation in vehicle with A/C

• Bottled water(1-2 bottles/person)

• All Entrance fees • Local guide fees

• Bilingual guide


Tour Duration of Tour including transportation: 4-7 hours


Difficulty level of Tour: moderate to advanced


Not Include

• Snacks and Meals

• Lodging

• Optional Tips to local guides

• Cost of optional activities including: Mountain bike, Jet ski, Buggy, Zip line/Canopy, Kayak, Rafting or other activities not mentioned in tour description


 

Cinquera Church

Gringo Tours is proud to present some new tours. 

As pioneers in tourism in El Salvador Gringo Tours has always recommended local partners who like us provide high quality tours, this when they are tours we don't offer or when our guides are booked. Over the years, some of our local partners have developed very specialized and unique tours that only they offer. Now we work together to promote them though our company Gringo Tours where you can book with us these new tours. Working in alliance with our local partners, Gringo Tours can make your arrangements for several other tour options while in Suchitoto as well as other parts of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and independently of whether you book directly or with us, the prices always remains the same.

Cinquera civil war hike and Barbeque lunch Although we offer the Cinquera civil war hike, one of our more popular local tours for those based in Suchitoto, one of our partners has been offering a little different option.  Our partner has group tours departing throughout the week and so can offer this wonderful tour at a much lower per person rate making it an option even for those on a budget. This option departs at 7:00 or 8:00 am depending on the groups schedule and returns to Suchitoto at either 1:00 or 2:00 pm leaving time for another activity or the head to your next destination.

This options include meeting an ex FMLN participant, hearing his story, then a hike in the Cinquera Eco Forest up to the lookout. Once back down a chef will have your lunch waiting at the swimming hole/waterfall picnic area.

The tour also includes a short tour of the city and murals in the central park.

Options of Chicken, Beef or Vegetables can be preordered when you reserve the tour and beverages offered including a soda, a bottled water or a local beer. Our partner Daniel speaks fluent English and French and Spanish and Chef Charlie does up a wonderful lunch.

The cost of this tour is $45/person. On rare occasions, Chef Charlie has other commitments, in those occasions, the cost is only $35/person and does not include lunch, the time of the tour is reduced by approximately 1 hour getting you back to Suchitoto for lunch on your own.

 The Historic Guazapa Volcano

Gringo tours can arrange hikes, horseback rides and camping on the historic Guazapa Mountain. We provide complete bilingual guide to compliment the local guides that run tours out of the communities of El Sitio Zapotal and La Mora.

Service includes transportation to and from community, bilingual guide and bottled water. Hikes with local guides start at $30 (groups of 1-5 and $5 for each additional person), horseback rides cost between $20-$30/person, lunch can be arranged on the mountain for $6/person (only available for groups of 4 or more and with advance notice), the above expenses are paid to local guides and are used to provide income to youths in each community.

If you are fluent in Spanish, these tours can be done on your own and we would be happy to make your arrangements and provide details free of charge. We are the only tour company in El Salvador that provides this service free of charge or commissions from these communal eco tourist groups.

If you would prefer and if your Spanish is limited we do provide for an additional $100-$125 fully bilingual guide service and transportation from and back to Suchitoto. We believe that Gringo Tours is your best option if you are not fully fluent in Spanish and you wish to learn how the civil war affected Suchitoto and El Salvador during the 70s and 80s. I have taken great interest in the civil war and can provide details that many other guides cannot. We always work with the local communities and their guides, which many times are young and only know what they have been told about the conflict. We compliment that information when necessary making this a great introduction into the civil war and El Salvador history.

We will also teach you how local farmers work the land: The Guazapa Mountain also offers plenty of diversity and it is common to see the local wildlife while learning about the many different species of trees, plants, animals and birds.

The trails also offer some spectacular views from the historic Guazapa Mountains.

Reservations for groups of 1 to 10 people must be made at least 24 hours in advance (more for larger groups).

Tours last between 3 and 8 hours depending on route, distance, walking speed and meal options.

If interested in bird watching, this route can be used to see many local and migratory birds this as an option if not interested in the history.

As of May of 2017 the association now offers a Canopy/zip line tour and their own birding tours and access to a new communal museum.

Ask about pricing for these newer options

Included in this tour:

• Transportation from Suchitoto in vehicle with A/C

• Bottled water(1 bottle/person)

• All Entrance fees

• Local guide fees

• Bilingual guide


Tour Duration of Tour including transportation: 5-7 hours


Difficulty level of Tour: Moderte to Difficult


Not Include

• Snacks and Meals

• Lodging

• Optional Tips to local guides

• Cost of optional activities including: Mountain bike, Jet ski, Buggy, Zip line/Canopy, Kayak, Rafting or other activities not mentioned in tour description


 

The Historic Guazapa Volcano

Gringo tours can arrange hikes, horseback rides and camping on the historic Guazapa Mountain. We provide complete bilingual guide to compliment the local guides that run tours out of the communities of El Sitio Zapotal and La Mora.

Service includes transportation to and from community, bilingual guide and bottled water. Hikes with local guides start at $30 (groups of 1-5 and $5 for each additional person), horseback rides cost between $25-$30/person, lunch can be arranged on the mountain for $6/person (only available for groups of 4 or more and with advance notice), the above expenses are paid to local guides and are used to provide income to youths in each community.

If you are fluent in Spanish, these tours can be done on your own and we would be happy to make your arrangements and provide details free of charge. We are the only tour company in El Salvador that provides this service free of charge or commissions from these communal eco tourist groups.

If you would prefer and if your Spanish is limited we do provide for an additional $100-$125 fully bilingual guide service and transportation from and back to Suchitoto. We believe that Gringo Tours is your best option if you are not fully fluent in Spanish and you wish to learn how the civil war affected Suchitoto and El Salvador during the 70s and 80s. I have taken great interest in the civil war and can provide details that many other guides cannot. We always work with the local communities and their guides, which many times are young and only know what they have been told about the conflict. We compliment that information when necessary making this a great introduction into the civil war and El Salvador history.

We will also teach you how local farmers work the land: The Guazapa Mountain also offers plenty of diversity and it is common to see the local wildlife while learning about the many different species of trees, plants, animals and birds.

The trails also offer some spectacular views from the historic Guazapa Mountains.

Reservations for groups of 1 to 10 people must be made at least 24 hours in advance (more for larger groups).

Tours last between 3 and 8 hours depending on route, distance, walking speed and meal options.

If interested in bird watching, this route can be used to see many local and migratory birds this as an option if not interested in the history.

As of May of 2017 the association now offers a Canopy/zip line tour and their own birding tours and access to a new communal museum.

Ask about pricing for these newer options

Included in this tour:

• Transportation from Suchitoto in vehicle with A/C

• Bottled water(1bottle/person)

• All Entrance fees

• Local guide fees

• Bilingual guide


Tour Duration of Tour including transportation: 5-7 hours


Difficulty level of Tour: Easy to Moderate


Not Include

• Snacks and Meals

• Lodging

• Optional Tips to local guides

• Cost of optional activities including: Mountain bike, Jet ski, Buggy, Zip line/Canopy, Kayak, Rafting or other activities not mentioned in tour description


 

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