Buggies Adventure Tour Apaneca - San Salvador

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1: San Salvador, San Salvador, San Salvador Department
    2: El Zonte, El Salvador
    3: El Tunco, El Salvador
    4: Mizata, El Salvador
    5: Playa El Tunco, El Salvador
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Get wild, and a little bit dirty, on this 6-hour dune buggy tour from San salvador that is a fun blend of adventure and beautiful nature. Hop in your dune buggy and be prepared to see the landscape in a different way. Gawk at the stunning Laguna Verde and Laguna de las Ninfas. Ride along the Ruta de las Flores (Flowers Route), famed for its scenery, and spend time in the town of Apaneca. Upgrade to include a guide or to extend the tour to a full day.

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After hotel pickup in San Salvador by private vehicle, enjoy a 90-minute drive into the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Begin your dune buggy tour in Apaneca, a town of 8,500 people that boasts narrow streets and colorful houses. Hop in your dune buggy and follow the leader in the first buggy (or the guide, if you upgrade to a guided excursion). Make your way through the lush landscape to Laguna Verde, a gorgeous lagoon with a glassy surface that cleanly reflects the verdant surroundings. Spend about 15 minutes here and take some time to stroll around the lagoon.

The next part of the 2.5-hour adventure is the most scenic. Reach the Laguna de las Ninfas, the Lagoon of the Nymphs, named for the abundant water lilies floating on this lagoon, which is set in a volcanic crater. On the way back to Apaneca, ride along the Ruta de las Flores, or Flowers Route, a popular road that stretches between towns. Its also nicknamed the coffee road thanks to the coffee farms and ample amount of coffee beans for sale in nearby towns. Your tour ends with return to your hotel by private vehicle unless you've selected the optional full-day tour (see Itinerary for more details).


Optional Flowers Route Tour
The Flowers Route, or Ruta de las Flores, refers to a cluster of five colonial-style mountainside villages located along a 22-mile (35-km) stretch of highway in the middle of El Salvador’s coffee plantations. After your dune buggy ride, spend the afternoon discovering three of these towns: Apaneca, Ataco and Ahuachapán.

On this tour with private transport, you choose how long to stay in each town and where to have lunch (own expense). Enhance this experience with an additional upgrade to include a personal guide, who accompanies you throughout the tour and provides engaging local insight and commentary.
Calm any post-ride jitters with visions of art and fascinating antiques on your first stop in the heart of Apaneca. Amid a maze of cobblestoned streets, pass houses with orange-clay-shingled roofs and visit a market flooded with flowers and fresh produce. If you’re visiting during the winter, expect gusty winds that make for clear views of nearby volcanoes and mountains. And don't miss a taste of the top-quality locally made coffee, perhaps after lunch in one of Apaneca’s rustic restaurants.

Continue north to browse the handcraft shops in Ataco, and witness artisans producing patterned fabrics on treadle looms. In Ahuachapán, near the Guatemala border, you can decide whether the coffee sold here is better than what you tried in Apaneca.

With a full-day dune buggy adventure plus tour of the Flowers Route complete, you’ll be privately chauffeured back to your San Salvador hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide (if option selected)





Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring sunscreen and a change of clothes

Note: Participants driving the buggy must hold a valid driver's license from their country of residence

Traveler Reviews

  • 19-Nov-2019

    i opted for the extened trip which was not worth it we did not get even 2 hours of buggy time, they just dragged out the day
    the buggies were very old / knackered and kept breaking down
    not an enjoyable experience certainly not worth the money

  • 29-Oct-2017

    Very fun trip. Only thing was that you don't get that much mud action. We actually laughed when the tour guide took us to this lake and did one circular turn in this small mud pit and that was it. Granted, we got plenty plenty dirty since my boyfriend didn't go through it fast enough so we got stuck, but that was the only part with mud that we went through. The tour guide was very nice. The tour was a couple hours long but there was really nothing super impressive that we did or saw. Also, they only give you one dune buggy per couple. Keep that in mind in case you travel with someone else and think you will have your ow dune buggy to drive.

  • 02-Jul-2017

    On this tour, we drove ATVs, not dune buggies. Everyone was put in pairs. It would have been much more fun if everyone had their own vehicle. We were never told when we were halfway through the course so we could change positions. As a result, I only got 15 mins. It is truly boring to be in the passenger spot.
    As for the Ruta de las Flores, we took this tour 2 yrs ago and it was much better with Eduardo. During this trip, we were not taken to admire the murals. We went by 2 streets quickly and paused for a picture at the opening of a door mural. Our guide Irving was in a hurry. We didn't get lunch until 3pm. Apinaca and Ataco have fantastic artisan work but we didn't get to stop to admire/buy any.

  • 10-Mar-2017

    My guide Irving was an absolutely amazing guide. He had incredibly in depth knowledge of everything we discussed and was able to answer all the questions I ask and I ask a lot of them. I had a great time and the flower route was gorgeous. No need to talk about the dune buggys, if you've ever driven one, you know they are fun.

  • 26-Jun-2016

    The tour was an absolute blast! It was one of the highlights of our trip to El Salvador. It is definitely worth going to both lagoons.

  • 28-Jul-2015

    We were unable to take the dune buggy tour because my husband sustained an injury in Costa Rica but we did view the cities on the Flowers tour. They are soooooo beautiful! Our guide, Eduardo was very informativie. Great tour!

  • 13-May-2015

    This tour was amazing!