Like many backpackers we skipped Honduras. Here are the details for heading south through the El Salvador/ Honduras and Honduras/ Nicaragua borders.
Volcan de Santa Ana is an amazing day trip with stunning views. A must see in our opinion.
Juayúa (pron. wa-yu-a) is half way along Ruta de Flores and a great base to see the surrounding area.
If the Pacific Coast beaches are your reason for visiting El Salvador then La Hachadura should be your pick. However the Las Chinamas is much more convenient for Ruta de Flores, Volcan de Santa Ana or Suchitoto.
Let in the charms of Antigua and you will be rewarded. Something about it’s cobblestone streets, courtyards and atmosphere puts you at ease. You may well find yourself lingering.