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El Salvador

The Wilds of El Salvador: Central America’s Undiscovered Beauty

Venture to massive volcanoes, crater lakes, lush jungles and pristine bays as you survey the best of El Salvador. Meet locals at a coffee plantation, cacao farm and an indigo workshop!
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Program No. 22676RJ
9 days
Starts at
El Salvador

The Wilds of El Salvador: Central America’s Undiscovered Beauty

Venture to massive volcanoes, crater lakes, lush jungles and pristine bays as you survey the best of El Salvador. Meet locals at a coffee plantation, cacao farm and an indigo workshop!
9 days
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Program No. 22676 RJ
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Prepare to be amazed on this learning adventure to El Salvador, a land dominated by towering volcanoes, sparkling bays and tropical jungles. Join seasoned naturalists as you discover the natural wonders of this extraordinary Central American nation, home to some of the rarest creatures on the planet including the hawksbill sea turtle. Learn the intricacies of Salvadoran culture as you meet locals at an indigo workshop, a coffee plantation and a cacao farm. Discover pre-Hispanic history and culture at a series of fascinating archaeological sites and workshops.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture to Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, featuring three towering volcanoes surrounded by mist forests.
  • Join local researchers from ICAPO and participate in collecting data for protecting endangered sea turtles.
  • Learn about pre-Hispanic culture at a 2,000-year-old village preserved by volcanic ash at Joya de Ceren, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Travelers' Tales Central America
by Larry Habegger (Editor), Natanya Pearlman (Editor)
Organized thematically with contributions set in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, this collection of eyewitness reports includes Joan Didion, P.J. O'Rourke and Paul Theroux.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador
by Ernest Preston Edwards
This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species.
One Day of Life
by Manlio Argueta
Awesome for the authenticity of its vernacular style and the incandescence of its lyricism, One Day of Life depicts a typical day in the life of a peasant family caught up in the terror and corruption of civil war in El Salvador.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America
by Jesse Fagan
This updated Peterson field guide covers all the species recorded in Central America (about 800) with behavioral vignettes, full-color range maps and 1,000 illustrations. Ideal for birders traveling to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
by Joan Didion
A contemporary classic, this brief collection of essays by Joan Didion is a report from the front lines at the height of El Salvador's civil war -- a beautifully written polemic against U.S. involvement in the affairs of the beleaguered republic.
The Chocolate Tree, A Natural History of Cacao
by Allen M. Young
A rich concoction of cultural and natural history, archaeological evidence, botanical research, environmental activism and lush descriptions of the author's own adventures, The Chocolate Tree offers an appreciation of the plant and the environment that provide us with this Maya food of the gods.
The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War
by Mark Danner
A reconstruction of a 1981 massacre in El Salvador and the role of the United States.
El Salvador Map
A colorful travel map of El Salvador at a scale of 1:250,000.
Moon El Salvador
by Jaime Jacques
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout El Salvador.
A Brief History of Central America
by Hector Perez-Brignoll
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
The Maya
by Stephen Houston, Michael Coe
Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition.
Forgotten Continent
by Michael Reid
Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodiversity. A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide
by L.H. Emmons
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South America features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
The History of El Salvador
by Christopher M. White
The history of El Salvador's turbulent struggle for political, economic, and civil stability, geared for hisgh school students and undergraduates.

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