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El Salvador Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Airport transfer included

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in El Salvador

Beyond the surf, there is a lot to explore aside from the point breaks, sandy beaches, and good surf at Olas Permanentes. You will take a nice break on an uncrowded beach for surf lessons, learn from highly qualified personnel, and discover the beauty of El Salvador by the sea. Cozy towns, breathtaking caves, waterfalls, and saltwater pools are just hikes or short drives away from the surf camp. You can also join tours to hike the volcano, ruins, coffee route, and many others.

Meet the instructors

Mario
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Highlights

  • Daily surf classes
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Amazing and pro surf coach
  • Beachfront views giving nice sunrise and sunset
  • Transfers from the airport and surf tours
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
Airport transfer included: El Salvador International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this trip, you will be staying at Olas Permanentes in a double room with an air conditioner and a private bathroom. The beach house has five bedrooms which can hold up to 14 people. The house has two floors and is equipped with a kitchen, a pool, a living room, a dining room, a bar, and many more amenities and it is in front of the best wave in El Zonte. It is easy to access the internet in all the hotels business centers and cafes fit as well as points Wi-Fi.

Program

Surf lessons

In an increasingly sedentary society, sports are an essential part of the integral formation of everybody. The adventurous and entertaining image of surf turns out to be attractive for the majority of children, young men, women, and adults alike. For a long time, people have considered surf as an exercise of physical risks that are made for individuals with great skills. When in reality, any person with a suitable initiation can practice surf in a safe way.

It is necessary to keep in mind that to surf at a great level is not easy at all. But to catch a wave and have fun doing so, well, that is much easier. Highly qualified personnel are in charge of the lessons according to each level, offering safe environment at all times. This ensures that you will be safe and under constant supervision by an experienced surfer guiding you through one of the best learning experiences of your life.

They have daily surf lessons, starting at 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classes are approximately an hour long. During practice in the water, the instructor is with you at all times. Each lesson includes theoretical class and practice, board, rash guard, and other accessories.

Surf spots

You can choose to surf the best point breaks at La Libertad like La Paz, Punta Roca, Conchalío, El Cocal, Ban Blas, La Bocana, El Sunzal, Palmarcito, El Zonte, La Escondida, Km 59, Km 61, La Perla, and Mizata.

Instructors

Mario Guillen
Mario is a local at El Zonte. He has a surfing experience of over 10 years. He has participated in national championships and is currently a judge of the Latin American Surf Association (ALAS) and national courts. In the field of surf instructing, he has actively participated in the No Limits Foundation, which is focused on disabled people. He has also been giving surf lessons for over five years and has experience with all ages. Mario is an adventurous person, allowing him over the years to know several places in the country that give him the experience to be a tour guide.

Location

The camp will take place in La Libertad, El Salvador. El Salvador is located to the southwest of Central America and on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is is the only country in the region that has no coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Olas Permanentes, located in El Zonte, El Salvador, meanwhile offers you a nice and uncrowded beach break for surf lessons just in front of their place.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wave boarding

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

Daily meals are not included in the price. The restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, the bar is open until 11:00 p.m. Their menu includes seafood, steaks, chickens, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

Things to do (optional)

There is a lot to explore beyond the point breaks, sandy beaches, and good surf at Olas Permanentes. Cozy towns, breathtaking caves, waterfalls, and salt water pools are just a hike or a short drive away from the surf camp. There are also tours to hike a volcano, ruins, coffee route and many others.

Hiking tours

You will have walks to different places in the area such as mountains, salt pools, private beaches, caves and more.

Tour Cueva de Los Pericos

An undisclosed paradisiac location is the setting of La Cueva de Los Pericos. The journey begins descending a hill of about 1000 feet, surrounded by tropical forest, rivers, and the unique sound of parrots and other birds. In the forest, you can also see the local animal species. You will reach an imposing rock from where you can see the ocean and enjoy the naturally formed pools on its surface. You will use a ladder to go down to the beach.

During the rainy season, water covers the beach knee-high, but you can still walk on it. A waterfall is also formed from the highest part of the rock. In the dry season, the beach stretches over 300 feet and is surrounded by impressive crags and caves.

Tour "Lake Coatepeque"

Coatepeque is a volcanic lake situated about an hour from El Zonte. It was created thru a catastrophic eruption about five to six thousand years ago. Lago de Coatepeque is on the eastern slope of the Santa Ana volcano. It is a beautiful, clean, and sparkling blue crater-shaped lake, six kilometers wide and 120 meters deep. Coatepeque is rising up 250 to 500 meters.

Tour of Ruins "Joya de Ceren and San Andres"

Joya de Ceren

You will visit the most important archeological discovery in the last 50 years in Latin America. Joya de Cerén, a small farming community inhabited as early as 1200 before Christ, Joya de Cerén was on the southeast edge of the Maya cultural area. It was evacuated in AD 200 due to the eruption of the Ilopango volcano, and was repopulated no earlier than AD 400. It was, at the time of its final evacuation, a tributary to nearby San Andres.

Around the year 590, another nearby volcano, Loma Caldera, erupted and buried the village under 14 layers of ash. The villagers were apparently able to flee in time, no bodies have been found, although they left behind utensils, ceramics, furniture, and even half-eaten food in their haste to escape. The site was remarkably well preserved due to the low temperature of ash and very fast ashfall, a four to eight meter thick layer having blanketed the town in the space of a few hours.

San Andres

San Andrés (formerly known as Campana San Andrés) is a pre-Columbian site in El Salvador, whose occupation began around the year 900 B.C. as an agricultural town in the valley of Zapotitán in the department of La Libertad. This early establishment was vacated by the year 250 because of the enormous eruption of the caldera of Lago Ilopango and was occupied again in the fifth century, along with many other sites in the valley of Zapotitán.

Between 600 and 900 A.D., San Andrés was the capital of a Maya polity with supremacy over the other establishments of Valle de Zapotitán. Archaeology demonstrates that San Andrés had strong contacts with Copán and the Guatemalan Highlands and received goods from such distant places as the present territories of Petén and Belize. San Andrés collapsed as a political center towards the end of the ninth century.

The last evidence of pre-Hispanic activity in the site was between the years 900 and 1200 as a residential site that consists of a final layer with fragments of censers and ceramics painted with scenes of sacrifice in Mixteca-Puebla style, which belong to a new cultural phase, named Guazapa, related to the pre-Hispanic city of Cihuatán. After the Spanish conquest, the ruins of San Andrés lay within a colonial estate dedicated to cattle and indigo production.

The site was buried due to the eruption of the Playón volcano in 1658 A.D., preserving the Colonial indigo production almost intact. In 1996, the government of El Salvador inaugurated the archaeological park of San Andrés, where the visitor can climb the pyramids, see the indigo production area, and visit the site museum.

Tour ruins of Tazumal

Tazumal is a pre-Columbian Maya archeological site in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. Tazumal is an architectural complex within the larger area of the ancient Mesoamerican city of Chalchuapa in western El Salvador. The Tazumal group is located in the southern portion of the Chalchuapa archaeological zone. Archaeologist Stanley Boggs excavated and restored the Tazumal complex during the 1940s and 1950s.

Archaeological investigations indicate that Tazumal was inhabited from the Classic period through to the Postclassic and that the site had links as far afield as central Mexico, the northern Yucatán Peninsula, and lower Central America. Metal artifacts from the complex date to the eighth century A.D. and are among the earliest metal artifacts reported from Mesoamerica.

The principal structures of the Tazumal group date to the Classic period (A.D. 250-900) of Mesoamerican chronology. By the Late Classic (A.D. 600 - 900), Tazumal was an important ceremonial complex. The construction activity is evident from the Early Classic through to the Middle Classic (A.D. 400 - 600). At this time, Tazumal had important links with the Maya city of Kaminaljuyu in the Valley of Guatemala, which acted to extend the influence of the powerful central Mexican city of Teotihuacan into the Pacific coastal areas of Guatemala and El Salvador.

During the Late Classic, Tazumal had links with Copán in Honduras as evidenced by architecture, sculpture, and ceramics at Tazumal. The ceramic sequence at Tazumal continues uninterrupted from the Classic period through to approximately A.D. 1200. A number of Early Classic features indicate links with Chichen Itza in the northern Yucatán Peninsula or with Tula in central Mexico.

The population of Tazumal coexisted with the Nahua-speaking Pipils from the Classic through to the Early Postclassic until at least A.D. 1200. The Pipil influence may have been due to trade with neighboring Pipil populations rather than a direct Pipil presence, judging by the level of evidence.

After 1200, Tazumal was largely abandoned with occupation shifting westwards towards the center of what is now the modern town of Chalchuapa. Chalchuapa was still occupied at the time of the Spanish conquest at which time its inhabitants were Poqomam Maya. The Pokomam are believed to have been relatively late settlers in Chalchuapa, postdating the Pipil influence that lasted until 1200.

Tour to Siberia

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in El Salvador is Siberia. It is only 40 minutes away from El Zonte, climbing the hill by car to reach the top from where you can see the coast, valleys, mountains, and a river. A leisurely walk takes you to the main attraction of this tour: a cascade of approximately 24 feet high where you can swim, dive, relax, and enjoy fresh, clean water, and the landscape that surrounds it.

Siberia is at a height of about 2100 feet above sea level, offering an amazing view and an ideal place to relax, have a picnic, or just enjoy the scenery. The duration is four hours. It includes sports drinks and food upon request. This tour is ideal during dry season. Highlights are waterfall and diving. You have tours everyday with a previous reservation

Tour "Tamanique Waterfalls"

Tamanique is a vast land of rocks and mountains, was home to indigenous tribes like the Pokomanes, which were dedicated to the cultivation of corn in pre-Columbian times. It was later conquered by the Yaquis or Pipiles. After the Spanish invasion, the town was named as Santiago Tamanique. There is paragliding, especially in the Cerro La Gloria In Tamanique; addition to mountain tourism destinations such as waterfalls of the Rio Grande.

Fitness challenges and willing to challenge this condition will come an adventure in different stages, enjoying views of the mountains, walking in the middle of cornfields reaching the waterfalls where you can jump to different waterfalls. There are three main waterfalls that you can visit. The first drop is about six to eight meters depending on the season. The following has approaching 15 to 25 meters and the last waterfall has a drop of 40 meters.

Tour to Chiltuipán

Chiltiupan is the municipality where the beach El Zonte is located, the highest part of the area is mountainous, exceeding 1000 meters high. Arriving at Chiltiupan takes over 40 minutes by car. The walk starts from the village, where you later can try traditional food and drinks. This exciting tour lasts four hours, during which you can enjoy amazing landscapes. There are many stories of its people, dwelling in the area for over 200 years.

They say that the Peruvian used to steal the balm from Chiltiupan to take it to South America. But to this day, there is still living of local processing. You may visit them to see this interesting process first-hand. You may also see a bit of culture in pre-Columbian petroglyphs found in the area.

Tour "Volcano of Izalco"

Izalco is located between three volcanoes from where you are going to go up the hill towards the Izalco’s crater (three hours approximately). The fun will continue with you on the way back, when you take an ash slide down to a dense foggy jungle.

Turtle liberation

In order to contribute to marine conservation, Olas Permanentes has developed a turtle nursery with its own funds, where the community is involved with the collection and preservation of different species of turtles of their coasts.

What's included

  • All surfing classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Transfer from Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL)
  • Surf tours transportation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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