31 days in El Salvador & Turkmenistan Itinerary

31 days in El Salvador & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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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 a short trip to Playa El Tunco in El Tunco (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, get great views at Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Salvador trip itinerary builder app.

Nassau, Bahamas to San Salvador is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nassau to San Salvador due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a 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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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
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 Santa Ana's surroundings by going to Axul (in Concepcion de Ataco) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coatepeque, explore the ancient world of Tazumal, and contemplate the geological forces at Izalco Volcano.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Ana trip planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Santa Ana by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Ana can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Suchitoto.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Axul, Lake Coatepeque, El Imposible National Park, Tazumal
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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suchitoto: Cascada El Escuco (in Santo Domingo) and San Vicente (Torre de San Vicente & Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Lucia, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Suchitlán, take in the dramatic scenery at Los Tercios Waterfall, and stop by Casa de la Abuela.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Suchitoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Ana to Suchitoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow 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. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Paz and then make a trip to Old Downtown.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Suchitoto to San Miguel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Suchitoto in May; daily highs in San Miguel reach 40°C and lows reach 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
Catedral Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Paz ©
Catedral Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Paz

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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Monument Arch of Neutrality, and get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ashgabat day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Miguel to Ashgabat. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Traveling from San Miguel in May, you will find days in Ashgabat are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are much colder (14°C). Finish up 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
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

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, don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum, and delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunya-Urgench trip planner.

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. In May, Kunya-Urgench is a bit warmer than Ashgabat - with highs of 35°C and lows of 18°C. You'll set off for Darvaza on the 26th (Tue).

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 don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Darvaza road trip site.

You can drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to home.

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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