I am a solo female traveler planning to go to El Salvador in October for a total of 9 days. It seems there are not a lot of guidebooks out there. Saw another thread in the forum that recommended the Explorer's Guide so will probably order one online later. So far I have been using the Frommer's website which left me with many questions; and the valuable advices from this forum. This is my preliminary plan and places that I want to visit, and probably in this order unless there are other suggestions:
- Suchitoto and Lago de Suchitlán
- Ruta de las Flores. May stay in Juayúa (based on recommendations from other threads in this forum). Apart from visiting the towns on the route, I also want to visit a coffee plantation.
- Joya de Cerén. It will be my first Mayan site.
- San Salvador. Not too keen to stay in the city so may only spend one whole day sightseeing in the capital before my flight back.
My main question is how to travel between places. How can I travel from the airport to Suchitoto to Juayua and finally to San Salvador with my luggage? Are there shuttle buses or coaches? How can I go to Joya de Ceren? Should I rent a car? Do I have to join a tour? I speak some survival Spanish but not enough to carry a normal conversation. I saw some local tours on the web but most require 2 persons traveling together.
I would also like to see a bit of wildlife in El Salvador but I can't do difficult hike. Any suggested places that is safe, easy to get to and easy to hike? Have I missed some must-see places?
Any advices are welcomed. If the country is not that safe for a solo female traveler who can only speak survival Spanish, please also let me know. It is not too late for me to change my plan... yet.