31 days in El Salvador & Turkmenistan Itinerary

31 days in El Salvador & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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31 days in El Salvador & Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 8 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Suchitoto, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
San Miguel, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31 h
5
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
6
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Nassau, Bahamas

8
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Salvador: La Libertad (Walter Thilo Deininger National Park & El Tunco). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to San Salvador is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in San Salvador are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Santa Ana.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Playa El Tunco, San Andres, Walter Thilo Deininger National Park
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron

3
nights
Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Ana: Axul (in Concepcion de Ataco) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Ana Volcano, delve into the distant past at Tazumal, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coatepeque.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Ana route tool.

Traveling by bus from San Salvador to Santa Ana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Suchitoto.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tazumal, El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque, Axul
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Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

3
nights
Suchitoto, El Salvador

Suchitoto ©
A small colonial municipality in Cuscatlan, El Salvador.Suchitoto is a municipality in the Department of Cuscatlán, El Salvador that has seen continuous human habitation long before Spanish colonization. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascada El Escuco (in Santo Domingo) and San Vicente (Torre de San Vicente & Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lago Suchitlán, admire the masterpieces at Centro Arte Para La Paz, head outdoors with Parque Central Suchitoto, and take in the dramatic scenery at Los Tercios Waterfall.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Suchitoto online trip maker.

Drive from Santa Ana to Suchitoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Suchitoto, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel.

Things to do in Suchitoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Vicente, Cascada El Escuco
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Lago Suchitlán ©
Lago Suchitlán
Iglesia Santa Lucia ©
Iglesia Santa Lucia
Los Tercios Waterfall ©
Los Tercios Waterfall

2
nights
San Miguel, El Salvador

San Miguel ©
San Miguel is a city in eastern El Salvador. On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Gulf Of Fonseca and then get impressive views of Conchagua. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Paz and then make a trip to Old Downtown.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Suchitoto to San Miguel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, San Miguel is a bit warmer than Suchitoto - with highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in San Miguel

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Union
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Conchagua ©
Conchagua
Old Downtown ©
Old Downtown

4
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, and make a trip to Gypjak Mosque.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat attractions planning website.

Explore your travel options from San Miguel to Ashgabat with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT) is 11 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Miguel in May: highs in Ashgabat hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

3
nights
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. Kunya-Urgench is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, explore the ancient world of Kyrk Molla, and make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ashgabat to Kunya-Urgench in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in May; daily highs in Kunya-Urgench reach 35°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

4
nights
Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza ©
Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater and make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Darvaza vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature Parks
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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