Santa Ana El Salvador

By Eddie on August 23, 2019

Santa Ana El Salvador. A city with excellent history and traditions.

Santa Ana El Salvador is perfect for those looking for a city with great historical traditions and plenty of activities. The city of Santa Ana is the second-largest in the country, it has a significant role in the nation’s economy, and some of the best touristic spots in the country are nearby.

Santa Ana is a great city because of everything it offers; it has a fascinating history with great local traditions. Additionally, the town has iconic buildings, an outstanding historic district, excellent shopping, and friendly people.

Santa Ana El Salvador

With everything that the city offers, there is no wonder why Santa Ana is an attractive city to visit and a great place to live in.

Is Santa Ana a safe city?

Yes, Santa Ana is deemed a safe city. However, that doesn’t mean that you can be careless and not worry about safety at all; at the end of the day, this is El Salvador. Santa Ana, just like many cities in the country and in Central America, has safe areas and bad areas.

The best advice that I can give anyone visiting the city is to use common sense and plan ahead. You should outline the following, where you are going to stay, how you are going to move around, and what you plan to do and see.

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Being safe in Santa Ana or El Salvador is all about using common sense, planning ahead, and following safety recommendations.

If you want more information about safety in El Salvador; read “Is El Salvador safe to visit?” It will give you information about safety in El Salvador.

What are the top things to do in Santa Ana?

The city of Santa Ana is a great city to visit, but in all honesty, the activities in the city as a tourist can be done in a day or two.

Most people visiting the city, use it as a base of operations, they spend time exploring the city and take day trips to other touristic spots nearby. These are some of the best things to do in Santa Ana.

  • Visit the Santa Ana Cathedral.

    One of the most visited iconic buildings in the city of Santa Ana is the Cathedral of Our Lady Saint Anne or La Catedral de Santa Ana in Spanish.

    Regularly, many people visit this Cathedral for either religious purposes or to admire the incredible neo-gothic architectural design. The Santa Ana Cathedral was built around 1575, subsequently was destroyed by lighting at the end of the 19th century, and then rebuilt from 1906 to 1959.

    When visiting the City of Santa Ana, you definitely need to to stop and appreciate the beauty of the Cathedral; it’s a must!

  • Visit the Santa Ana Theather.

    The Santa Ana theater is another iconic building that you should visit. This neoclassic French style theater was built in 1912 with funds collected by taxing coffee growers in the area. The theater’s entire architectural design is impressive.

    When visiting the city of Santa Ana, you should look at the theater and its history, furthermore, see if there is a play showing that you might like.

  • Stroll around the city of Santa Ana.

    Strolling around the city is a great way to get to know the town and the local culture; you can visit museums, go shopping, visit the markets, and much more.


    While strolling the city, you can stop at one of the local museums such as The Museum of human anatomy, or the Western Regional Museum; they are small but have excellent displays.

    Also, you can stroll into the local markets and experience the local culture; however, local markets are not for everyone. Some people don’t like the chaos that happens in the markets, while others think it is a charming cultural activity.

    If you are looking for formal shopping, visit Metrocentro, a large shopping mall located at the entrance of the city.

Walking throughout the city is the thing to do if you want to experience local culture at its best.

Things to do outside the city of Santa Ana in El Salvador.

As I previously mentioned, Santa Ana is an ideal city to use as a base of operation, you can stay here and take day trips to popular touristic destinations that are nearby. These are the most suitable destinations to visit from Santa Ana.

  • Hike the Santa Ana or Izalco Volcano.

    The Santa Ana and Izalco volcano are within two hours of Santa Ana city; they are by far the most attractive volcanoes in the country ideal for hiking to the summit.

    From the volcano’s summit, you will get iconic views of the other two volcanos in Cerro Verde National Park, the surrounding areas, and the Coatepeque Lake.

    Visiting these volcanoes is so popular that every tour company has hiking these volcanoes as a top thing to do in the country.

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    Also, it’s impossible to hike both volcanoes on the same day, even though they are near each other.

  • Explore archaeological sites.

    The top archaeological sites in the country are near the city of Santa Ana. Sites like San Andres, Joya de Ceren, Tazumal, and Casa Blanca are within two hours of the city. To learn more about archeological sites in El Salvador, visit our Mayan Ruins in El Salvador page.

  • Visit Coatepeque Lake.

    Coatepeque Lake is another fantastic touristic destination in the country that is near the city of Santa Ana.

    This large lake was once a sacred site for the ancient Maya civilization; but now, is a lake that is visited by a lot of local and foreign tourists.

  • Visit Juayua.

    Juayua is a popular town in La Ruta de Las Flores; this small city is well-known for its weekend food festivals. Even though the city of Juayua is in a different department; it’s easy to get to from Santa Ana. Some visitors or locals take day trips to Juayua and enjoy what the small town has to offer, especially on the weekends.

The city of Santa Ana has plenty of activities; so, there is no wonder why this city is popular with tourists. Stay in Santa Ana and explore all the touristic activities that the city offers. Then take day trips and explore the touristic spots near the city.

Santa Ana at night
City of Santa Ana

Where to stay at in Santa Ana?

The city of Santa Ana is in a large urban location; therefore, finding the right accommodations will not be difficult. The vast majority of hotels or hostels will be small family-owned places.

I will not be recommending any specific hotel in this city, but, you can use online services to find a hotel or hostel that fits your needs. To view a list of available hostels and hotels in the city of Santa Ana, visit

How to get to Santa Ana?

Santa Ana is located in the western part of the country closer to the Guatemalan border. It’s about 70 miles from the international airport and 40 miles from San Salvador.

There are many ways to get to Santa Ana, your starting point will be the deciding factor on which route to take. And the mode of transportation will be a factor in how long it will take you to get there.

Obviously, I recommend you to either drive or take a shuttle to Santa Ana. Yes, public transportation is an option and is the cheapest, but it will be the longest and tedious to get you there.

Contact the hotel or hostel that you are staying at, see if they offer free transportation or if they recommend another form of transportation.


Santa Ana in El Salvador is a city with wonderful traditions and history, for that reason many people visit this city every year. Obviously, the activities in or around the city are the top factor in the cities popularity. Nevertheless, visit the city of Santa Ana, you will love it!