Travel Guide El Salvador – Visiting Santa Ana (2019)

By | March 4, 2020

We’re in Santa Ana here in El Salvador
and it’s our first morning round and we’re going to go and give you a guided
tour of this amazing town and visit all these beautiful places. Welcome to
Santa Ana. Music So it’s actually Saturday morning and we’ve come down to the main
square here in Santa Ana called ‘Parc Libertad’ there you go! And everything runs off
this main square, it’s a very lively happening place, let’s just show you
around. So behind us here is the main hall that you can see, and then you have
the National Theatre is over this side, the Cathedral is over there, but you
can’t see that yet because it’s covered in trees and everybody has just come
down to the park to hang out, enjoy the weather, enjoy the market stands and it’s
got a really cool atmosphere. Music We’ve come into the theatre of Santa Ana
and you can come in to have a little look around without seeing a show, the
entrance price is just one dollar fifty per person, and it looks beautiful, let’s
go and have a look around. Music So the theatre here was built in 1889
and in 1982 it was declared a National Theatre here in El Salvador. So we’ve
actually come into the theatre area and it is beautiful, it is 360 degree
beautifulness! Look at this !! It’s very ornate. There’s beautiful sculpturing, beautiful
plaster work on the ceiling, it’s just so pretty. Music So in every theatre,
they have the best spot in the house for the VIP and we’ve met you Giovini, who has
told us about at the president’s spot! Have a look at this lovely space it’s
right in the centre, on the first floor these are the top seats in the house,
what a spectacular view and just outside this area, back out on the ring there is
this beautiful area where people would have come to do like an exhibition of dancing
or what have some kind of special event. Look at the plaster work, the mouldings
around how beautiful is this. On both sides there are separate areas, one side
would be for the men to dance, the other side would have been for the
women, and then just up on the mezzanine would have been the area where the bands
would have been. Music And then just off the dancing area,
there is this beautiful terrace, with these lovely columns, the building behind
me is actually the City Hall and it was built in 1883 and the flag on the top is
the Santa Ana flag. Music We’ve just found out as well, it’s really
lovely to hear, but from Wednesday to Sunday every week there is a performance!
It’s so nice to know that this theatre comes to life and actually lives
what it was born for that’s always so nice to hear. Music It’s interesting walking
around Santa Ana Cathedral, and it’s an absolutely beautiful beautifully maintained Cathedral and definitely worth a visit. The outside of
the building, the front is white absolutely stunning,
the rest of the building is still the original bricks, and they are doing a
programme where slowly each year, they make a little bit more of the brickwork white.
Amazing can you imagine making a cathedral of this size out of bricks. Music So all the way around Parc Libertad,
there are food vendors, they are here all day, every evening and they’re selling a
whole wide range of different products for sale, and definitely worth coming
down if you fancy a local snack come down, and have a look around! Music if you are looking for
souvenirs, all the way around the square there are these wonderful stalls, selling
bracelets and gifts that you can buy around the square here. Music So walking
around Santa Ana, we wanted to get a snack and asked some locals, and they
recommended that we come down to Ban Ban! This wonderful little coffee shop
selling sandwiches, pastries and they have some seriously good looking cakes! So we just had a sandwich and a drink, four dollars fifty each, and we have heard
from some locals, that there is an area where there are some pools that you can
actually go swimming in, so we’re gonna try and see if we can find where these
pools are to show you guys and see what it’s about. I can’t pronounce the name of
it it’s like a really long name it’s actually the ‘Nahuatl’ name, which is the local name ‘a woman’s beautiful place’ When we get there I will try and say it for you ! So we think it’s
probably about 15 minutes walk in this direction, and we’re walking on one side
of the road to try and stay in the shade because, the sun is beating down on
us and it’s super hot! Music So we found the pools, it’s one dollar fifty to
get in, and we’re gonna go and have a little look around. So we’re just going to
try and find the pools here, apparently they have three pools and they
are natural pools, how cool is that! Cold water, they’re not volcanic, and yeah, I
think it’s a really cool place to come if you want to cool off when you’re in
Santa Ana. We actually did some research online to see the best places in Santa
Ana, and this was not mentioned by anybody, no! We only have one day here, so we
haven’t got our swimmers, but we have asked whether we can come in and film, just to
show you another beautiful place to visit, when you come to Santa Ana! There
you go! Music So we’re lost a little bit!
He said come behind, and it’s a really big complex, but we’re just trying to
find where the three pools are. Music Well after that walk down to these pools that
you can see behind us, it is so tempting to go and jump in and it’s a shame that
we don’t have our swimming costumes with us. But if you’re in Santa Ana and you’re
hanging out and you want somewhere to come and cool off this is definitely the
place to come it looks so amazing and the gardens! there’s gardens throughout
here you can hang out and chill there’s a restaurant here where you can get some
food, If I had another day, I’d definitely be
back here with my swimming shorts on in the morning, yeah, if you’re somebody that
likes to sit by a swimming pool or even if you just need a break from the street
noises and just being in a town here you feel like you’re in a beautiful country
park, or by a beach! It’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music So another very handy thing here, in
Santa Ana is that they have Uber, so we’ve just ordered an Uber, to take us on
to a nearby church in the centre of town. Music we’ve arrived here at ‘Inglesia de Calvario’ And this is one of the top places to come and see in Sant Ana, so I am going to have a look Music So this church is actually located on
another wonderful square, that’s full of people, lots happening, street vendors and
it’s only a couple of blocks from the main Cathedral so the part behind me is
called ‘Parc Menendez’ and is literally down the street, opposite the Cathedral,
which is there and the other church is there. Music So it’s Saturday afternoon here in
Santa Ana, and we are walking through the local market they got loads of stalls
here with fresh fruit and vegetables, a really relaxed atmosphere, and if you
come to the town of Santa Ana, then you should definitely come and have a look
at this beautiful market. Music And if you’re staying in a hostel here
in Santa Ana, this is one of the perfect places to come a stock up on fruit and
veg to do your cooking. Music And in this market, they literally sell everything from
toiletries, to fruit and veg, to clothes, shoes, bags, you name it
you’ll find it here, barbecues! So in case you’re wondering, this market is actually
on seven days a week! Certain parts of town are just weekends,
but this particular market is every day. Music So opposite the Cathedral and next to
the main Town Hall every weekend, they have another market here and definitely
worth a look around, like all sorts of things from food and souvenirs, and a
really nice relaxed atmosphere with music playing. Music One of the other things to visit in
Santa Ana is ‘Inglesia El Carmen’ and for me the churches
are really beautiful and poignant and really very peaceful, but I’ve got to be
honest the views that you get from all these points, are just really beautiful
you can see the volcanic dormant, mountains around Santa Ana, and it’s just
beautiful, you can see the tops and the spires of the Cathedral from everywhere.
It’s just a really pretty pretty town. Music So we’re just walking around the main
square here in Santa Ana and just down the side street, we’ve come across this
wonderful restaurant called ‘KeKa place’ and it looks fabulous so we’re
going to go in and get some lunch. Music I have ordered spinach and mushrom with lasagne and some garlic bread. YAY Music So during our time in Santa Ana, we are
staying in El Sole hostel, which is literally like three blocks away the
main square is literally three blocks this way, and one block over, so it’s a
perfect location if you want to come and explore the town of Santa Ana. And this
hostel is very new, it’s only been going for seven months, so everything is new
comfy beds, and you can find it on We’ve got a lovely double
room at Hostel Sole, and it has a lovely big bathroom ensuite which is a real
treat. So on the side of each …. cut!
start again Marianne tries to pronounce the name! This is actually the Nahuatl name and
it means the ‘place of beautiful’ no a ‘A Woman’s Beautiful Place’

100 thoughts on “Travel Guide El Salvador – Visiting Santa Ana (2019)

  1. carlos cuchillo Post author

    Woow nice video . i am very impress of el Salvador

  2. Pastor canales Post author

    Good video Santana es good Thank you guys You Take care💏🙏 God bless you

  3. Papa y yo Post author

    Nice visit the volcano and the lake you will like it

  4. Ed Bigpot Post author

    Thank you for this great video. Santa Ana is my hometown. Thank you for almost letting me know the theater for the first time. In almost 50 years I have lived here, I guess I have been there just once or maybe twice, but I didn't get to know it in such detail as you showed it.
    There is another hostal that gets good reviews just in case you come back, it is called Casa Verde. You can search for it on trip advisor. Sihuatehuacan is a nice place too. I hope on your way back to San Salvador you decided to go to lake Coatepeque or Cerro Verde National park. Kind regards and thank you for sharing it.

  5. eagle032170 Post author

    Nahuat: Sihuateucán,
    Spanish: Lugar de Mujeres Hechiceras. English: The place of sorceress women

  6. Mirna Brenes Post author


  7. Lisa gempup Post author

    💒👍🍇🍊🍑all that fresh fruit must taste amazing👍🌿🌴🌺

  8. Mirna Brenes Post author


  9. El Guapo Post author

    good day to all,I’m very happy both of you had a great time in el salvador,I was born in el salvador but I,ve been living in vancouver canada for the past 28 years,for the past 3 years i’ve been going to el salvador for 5 months of the year,I’m already retired,if some day you feel like coming to the west coast of canada and need a tour person,I’m available ,i do have plenty of time to show people around 🤗

  10. Jose Portillo Post author

    You always surprised me with a nice beautiful videos God bless you guys and thanks 🤩🤩

  11. Ana Marina Rodriguez Post author

    WaoSanta Ana is beautiful City i love this City. thankyou very much next time visit Juayua los chorros de la calera el portezuelo los naranjos paso Alaska. beautiful Places .

  12. Jose Rivera Post author

    16:45 Actually, Sihuatehuacan means: City of Witches in Nahuatl.
    Just for you guys to know.
    Greetings from a salvadorean in the USA.

  13. RobertRod818 Post author

    It was a delight to see all the attractions you guys visited in Santa Ana, El Salvador. The lasagna at the restaurant looked yummy, not to mention the desserts at the bakery. Too bad you guys didn't have your swimwear to jump into those pools, but seems you both had a good time there anyway, greetings

  14. Jorge Rubio Post author

    I felt like I was there with you, the image so clear so perfect. What kind of 📷 do you use?

  15. Frankie Post author

    Hi guys great video!! Wanted to tell you in the last part of the video where the guy is translating that word in Nahuatl about "place of beautiful women" the correct translation is " place of women witches" "lugar de mujeres hechiceras" thats what he really said. Just a as noted to let you guys know 😉😊

  16. Antonio Linares Post author

    I never get tired of your videos. The way your describe everything is really amazing. I was in santa ana in june you should’ve let me know. Remeber i told you i have a friend in santa ana who owns a very nice hostal, i offered it to you at no cost. Let me know if you are around again so we can meet up.

  17. AXUME ALEX Post author

    Bonita ciudad santa ana donde yo naci y vivi tienenn que ir a las Ruinas del Tazumal en chalchuapa

  18. Roger Amilcar Post author

    Thank you Friends i like you videos my country

  19. RSHoudini Salazar Post author

    Exelente i visited that Santa Ana Theater in the 70's they have done an amazing care is just beautiful and the Catherdral and churches in Santa Ana are magical God is good Love El Salvador Santa Ana Departamento segundo despues de la Ciudad de San Salvador God Bless El Salvador thank you guys are amazing awesome info of Hostel etc safe travels glad you are in beautiful lands of Central America ES

  20. Boo B Post author

    Absolutely truly Trudy stunning

    The colours
    The sights to see

    the food and the smiles
    and Trudy amazing

    Best wishes
    Best wishes

  21. Amilcar Aguirre Post author

    Thank for this video….I am santaneco, 100% FAS

  22. IndependentView Post author

    Beautiful gothic looking cathedral, the first auditorium is an image of the 16th century. Great job.

  23. BrighterSun Post author

    Adorable, very impressive work. I enjoy this videos just as the rest of the others🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

  24. maudrownedworld Post author

    Your videos of El Salvador have some of the best footage I’ve seen of my beautiful country. Oh how I miss it. I felt like I was there traveling with you guys! Amazing channel. I’ve enjoyed all of your videos.

  25. Mar ZamJim Post author

    Thank you so much for showcasing the beautiful city of Santa Ana. I have been watching your videos and I must thank you for showing this country to the world is such a positive way. I really liked the fact that you went to the beautiful churches and Cathedral. Just to add to it, if you connect the points from each church and Cathedral you will end up with a bigger cross which makes it very interesting. Church El Carmen is one point, Cathedral is the center of the cross, Church San Lorenzo is the other point, and the long part of the cross is from Catedral to church El Calvario. It's interesting how these spiritual places were built so strategically. You have another subscriber to your channel. Best luck to you both.

  26. Osmane Dembele Post author

    Y pensar que muchos salvadoreñ conosemos ahi

  27. Cirugía de Mano Post author

    Ok guys…again an outstanding video …get back soon…kind regards…

  28. David Alfaro Post author

    Sihuatehuacan = "Place of sorceress women"

  29. David Alfaro Post author

    Hi from Montreal, Canada. I'm salvadorean and i'm your fan!

  30. Liz M Post author

    Fabulous and awesome video of my favorite city of Santa Ana. Love all of your videos. You guys do an amazing job 🌻🌻🌸

  31. Lissy M Post author

    Absolutely stunning video. The theatre and the main square it’s so awesome and picturesque.

  32. 305mrmanny Post author

    Beautiful video guys love from a salvadorean live in Miami we love you guys

  33. Guillermo Iraheta Post author

    Everything very beautiful love the video I will back and visit Santa Ana i can't believe that i never visit Santa Ana before when i was living there in El Salvador

  34. carlos junior 25 Post author

    Hulalala wow then I'm so happy about you cause right now it's the festival in santa ana guys we called fiestas patrias in Spanish guys we'll l hope do you guys Enjoy the food in the festival. There is to many games food. Have fun in thank you for this video it's so nice very good video in thank you again peace ✌ ✌ ✌ ✌

  35. Desean I’m back at home Jackson Post author

    You guys living in El Salvador?

  36. zanboi Post author

    Love your videos. BUt just want to correct u on that nahuat meaning. The man said “lugar de mujeres hechiseras.” Means “place of sorceress women.” However i do agree with u on that el salvador women are beautiful. 😉

  37. SKR282 Post author

    Love the way you show off the beauty of El Salvador! I was there last year after 40 years of living in the U.S. to visit relatives. The cathedral is so beautiful and still in need of repair. My aunt used to worked at the Sihua and I didn't get a chance to go, glad you stopped by. Happy travels!

  38. Shara SHARA Post author

    El Salvador is beautiful thank you for the video 👍🏻

  39. ANGEL MOLINA Post author

    Fue un gusto conocerlos
    Y mostrarles el Teatro de Santa Ana.

  40. Sarah R Post author

    Are there parts of El Salvador that are considered safe for travel?

  41. Jorge Martinez Post author

    Hope you had a Wonderful time in my city’☺️💕

  42. steven503 bike Post author

    El salvador has so many things and with the new president el salvador will become the new United states

  43. steven503 bike Post author


  44. Nathaly Anaya Post author

    You deserve more subscribers..your videos are loving all the videos of El Salvador

  45. Surf and Turf Travel Post author

    wow! Love this travel video, new friend! Subbed ! Keep it up! Great job! Thank you for sharing , hope you will love our travel channel too ❤️ Surf and Turf Travel

  46. Kati Duran-Rivera Post author

    Sihuateuacan: Lugar de mujeres hechiceras. Bewitched women place. That's means they bewitch you with their beauty!

  47. Ismael Crespin Post author

    Minute 15:38 example of woman hechicera.

  48. Orlando Bonilla Post author

    Grasias, por visitar mi lindo pais siempre seran bienvenidos, bendiciones 🙂

  49. Alma Figueroa Post author

    Question : what's the name of the hostel in Santa ana. Thanks.

  50. Laura Afrouzian Post author

    Thank you for sharing . I'm a native of El Salvador but left when I was 20, now I'm 61 years old and I have been back to El Salvador only once 1994.

    It has changed A LOT. Still beautiful . I'm afraid to go because all the crime, but you guys seem very comfortable there. Maybe I will be brave like you guys. One day. . . . God Bless you always

  51. Ed Mel Post author

    Thanks for making this video of my Hometown 😎👍✔

  52. Silvia Alfaro Post author

    Congratulation for visiting El Salvador and thank you for a beautiful videos.

  53. Blanca Gunnarson Post author

    I love your videos.I hope you guys enjoy your visit to El Salvadorian.but I live in the great United States of America.I love your accent.I know the perfect English is from England.just like the perfect Spanish is from Spain.i follow you guys every where you go.because like I said.i enjoy your videos.

  54. a hddd Post author

    En el año 1889 se creó la Junta de Fomento de Santa Ana cuya función era velar por el engrandecimiento y ornato de la ciudad. Precisamente fue esta entidad la que inició el proyecto de creación del Teatro de Santa Ana.2​

    En el año de 1890 se promovió el concurso de los planos del teatro, resultado ganador el Ing. Domingo Call. La construcción del teatro fue adjudicada a la compañía Sociedad Constructora de Occidente2​ dirigida por los arquitectos Francisco Durini y Crístóbal Molinari. A su vez se contrataron a los artistas italianos Luis Arcangelli, Guglieano Aronne, y Antonio Rovescalli, entre otros.1​

    En 1895 fue expropiado a sus dueños el llamado portal "Los Bernales" (que sería el lugar donde se construiría el teatro), este se levantaba a fines del siglo XIX en terreno donde en tiempos coloniales se hallaba una casa conventual que posteriormente, en la década de 1830s, era donde se encontraba la escuela pública de la ciudad que dirigía el profesor José Francisco Pareja.4​

  55. a hddd Post author


    El Teatro de Santa Ana pertenece al género teatral llamado proscenio (cuyo elemento distintivo es contener un arco que delimita el escenario y la audiencia.2​

    En su época de gloria (1910 – 1933), la bóveda del edificio estaba pintada con retratos de Rossini, Gounod, Wagner, Bellini, Verdi y Beethoven. Asimismo, a los lados del escenario había áreas destinadas para actos y fiestas.2​

    El teatro cuenta con varias áreas, las cuales son el vestíbulo, el Salón Foyer, la Gran Sala, el Escenario, los Palcos y la Terraza Española. También posee detalles arquitectónicos labrados con madera de árboles de caoba, adornos hechos de yeso y pinturas de artistas italianos.6​

    El telón del escenario es del tipo boca excepcional y de estilo Art Noveau, hecho por el artista italiano Antonio Rovescalli. Frente al escenario, junto a la audiencia, hay un espacio en desnivel en donde pueden colocarse orquestas. Asimismo cuenta con tramoyas e iluminación.2​

  56. a hddd Post author

    estos eran en lo que gastaban los precidentes de antes obras caras para que quedaran para el futuro, como podemos ver ,hasta traer materiales italianos y pinturas de arte

  57. leonardo magana Post author

    from the gothic influence of the catedral you can trace a cross that joins the four main churches in the city. iglesia san Lorenzo iglesia el Carmen and iglesia el calvario

  58. Evelyn Soriano Post author

    Im from Santa Ana and i remember when i was little i would dance in that theather and it was just amazing its an amazing city and im proud to say i grew up there ❤ and i honestly miss it 😢❤

  59. Manuel Martinez Post author

    Are you looking for a place to stay in Santa Ana? Look for us in fb as Kushkatan Homestay 🙂

  60. nothingiswhatitseems Post author

    The problem with el Salvador it to expensive . The flight are expensive, the food is expensive and not much to do. For half the price you can fly half way around the world to better travel destinations. This is from a Salvi that actually lived there.

  61. Angel Marroqui Post author

    I really love your videos and is very kind of you showing the good things in my country 🙂 El Salvador. God Bless you…🙏🙏

  62. Elena Luarca Post author

    Thank you for visiting my home town, Santa Ana, my beautiful city. My beautiful country El Salvador.

  63. Ministerio Evangelismo & Misiones USA Post author

    Are Wonderful places El Salvador 🇸🇻 have, come to visit this wonderful place.

  64. Elizabeth Diaz Post author

    K bellos videos de mi bello país… gracias por compartir con nosotros k no podemos ir a nuestro bello país.mi ciudad y también en Chalchuapa están las ruinas del tazumal

  65. Jorge Monterroza Post author

    amazing video, by the way there is more beautyful places in santa ana like sopapa, apanteos, etc.

  66. Colochini Guzmán Post author

    Qué hermosura de iglesia pase algunas veces y nunca entre muy pronto voy a visitar Santana gracias

  67. Eden Martinez Post author

    God bless and thanks for the tour I have not been back since 1989….thank you!!!!

  68. Mirian Sitan Post author

    Sihuatehuacan!!! 😍😍😍😍👏👏👏👏👏👏

  69. Santos Morales Post author

    Thank you for the beautiful videos of el Salvador lovely friends ?

  70. Elena Mendoza Post author

    Bella mi cuidad Santa Ana Love ❤️ diciembre voy pasar navidad 🎄 mis padres me gusta mucho iré Ban Ban yo vivo cerca de catedral 😍😍

  71. Esposos Garcia Post author

    I am From Santa Ana El Salvador !! But i live In US but
    It's so nice to see that people from other countries visiting
    my country and my city Santa Ana ..
    Blessings to all who read this little comment 🙌🏻❤️!!!!

  72. Walter Berrios Post author

    I just love you guys thank you for showing me a country from which I’ve been away for 20 years. You are such a beautiful couple. You are doing a favor to humanity to show the positive and great of our country thank you so much for that!! Thanks to you I know where to go now. Best wishes!!


    Cuantos recuerdos de mi linda Ciudad..

    Thanks for posting this vid my friend👍

  74. José Walter Benítez Post author

    You are a lovely couple.
    It seems you had fun visiting beautiful Santa Ana. Sihuatehuacan means "Place of Witches Women."

  75. Nena Linares Post author

    Tiene nueva suscriptora, es mi ciudad de nacimiento y algun dia volveré, Dios quiera que si😢🇸🇻

  76. Hans-Henning Rissom Post author

    Bella ciudad de Santa Ana. Invito que Visiten El Salvador.

  77. Henry Martinez Post author

    It's my country 😍😍. It's my department. but now I live in your country. but you ate the pupusas?

  78. Pieter Smit Post author

    I really enjoy your series on El Salvador; your blogs are convincing to have this country as one of my next travel destination! THX

  79. 2020 ScratcHERS Post author

    Im watching your video and amazing places I have never been to before. It will also be nice to see the name or place names below written. Your video is awesome.


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