If you do decide to go to El Salvador on your travels through central america you will no doubt need to go to the capital, San Salvador. While the city itself it struggling for many things to do, there are many day easy day trips. One of them is Los Churros which is really easy and great just outside the city area. Los Churros are a collection of natural pools with water cascading from volcanic cliffs all being immersed in the flora of a rainforest. They are beautiful and a little slice of paradise so close to a capital city. To do it is easy, but I thought writing a piece on just how its done step by step makes it less daunting, especially for travellers who tend to avoid chicken buses.
Getting to Los Churros:
I would recommend not going on the weekend, it is far less crowded. Start by getting yourself to main road perpendicular to the road of La Gran Via, as pictured below:
From here you get any buses that have 79, 201, 202 or 205 on them. As you get on do your best to ask the bus driver to tell you where to get off, I would also recommend sitting near the front or next to someone who is listening to this attempt at talking to the bus driver. The locals are SO friendly, I have been given everything from directions, a lift, sweets to a meal using public buses in central america. The majority always want to help you out.
The bus journey takes around 20 minutes and once you are there head up to the entrance which requires a $3 dollar fee for tourists and $1 for a locker.
What to do in Los Churros:
There are cheesy childrens pools and a lunching area until you go through and see the main event. Cascades of water all pouring into two main pools, you can easily eat away time here swimming, relaxing and basking in the picturesque backdrop in which you’ve found yourself.
Food and drink here is marginally more expensive that the street stalls. but there are more western options. Five pupupus’s and a drink were under 4 USD and they were seriously good. It was either that or the fact I was hungry from swimming in cool natural pools.
Post lunch was more of the same, basking in the sunshine, swimming in the pools to cool off. You could pop here for an hour but you could also easily spend a day here. Also note-a thing that seems fairly normal here is police with guns, like below.
Getting back from Los Churros:
Once you have finished you will need to head over to the opposite side of the road. There is a big bridge going over to the opposite side of the road in the car parking area of the natural pools.
Again, same buses to look out for 79,201,202 or 205, all should take 20 minutes.
See! Told you this day out was a piece of cake, for a tiny amount of money. If you’re not a city dweller but are here to get to other areas of Central America I would thoroughly recommend this day trip.
All in all a day out to Los Churros cost me: $6.50
201 bus ticket to Los Churros: $1
Drink and 2 pupposus:$1.75
79 bus ticket back to San Salvador: $0.75
Want to know more about how to travel through El Salvador? Take a look at my ultimate guide to travelling through El Salvador here.