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Intipucá is a tiny town near El Cuco. You will pass through Intipucá if you are taking the bus to or from La Union without going through San Miguel. Busses to San Miguel and busses to La Union leave from different spots but they are only about 30meters from each other and you can see both from the corner marked on the map above. Be aware that service in and out of this area basically stops on Sundays.


There are no banks in El Cuco

Don’t forgot you need to bring your money with you to El Cuco! There is no ATM there. If you forgot to bring cash then there is a bank here in Intipucá, although there is only a bank, no ATM. Have a look at the map above and see where it is located. But, heads up, it closes at 12pm! 


Intipucá to San Miguel

Buses from Intipucá to San Miguel go every hour from early morning until 4:30pm. No service on Sundays.


Intipucá to El Cuco

There is one bus per day at 7:30am from Intipucá to El Cuco, which passes by La Tortuga Verde. Although, chances are you will be travelling though Intipucá in the afternoon, and if so, you can still get to El Cuco by bus but it’s not as direct. First you need to be sure you are getting on the correct bus. Ask the tuk tuk drivers as they seem to be the best sources of information. You need the San Miguel bus that will pass by Zapatagua. This is the spot where the two highways cross and you can get off and wait for the 320 bus coming from San Miguel heading to El Cuco. On the map it looks like this:

And in real life this junction looks like this:

Intipucá to La Union

Bus 339 goes from Intipucá to La Union 4 times per day: we are told that the schedule (2017) is 8am, 10:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm. The bus costs $1 and will take about 1hr.  Coming from La Union to Intipucá there are also 4 buses per day. We will get back to you with the specific schedule but the most important thing to know is that the last bus is 2:30pm (I would plan on 2 pm to be safe). The one before that leaves at either at 12:00 or 12:30pm.  If you are arriving by boat from Nicaragua and planning to take the bus to El Cuco then you’ll have to take this into consideration. In my experience the immigration process was amazingly slow. Again, don’t forget, there is no regular service on Sunday.

Sorry, our info for La Unión is a bit incomplete. We will be passing through again soon to add details and clarify the schedules. For now the most important details are above.



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We do note 100% guarantee accurate information. In general the majority of buses operate between just before sunrise until sunset. Times are listed when we have them, but remember, you are in El Salvador and even the locals say the schedules are 'loco' sometimes. Always plan enough time in your day for travel and plan to be at your destination before the sun sets. Avoid arriving when it's getting dark. Short distance buses will cost between $0.25 and $1.50 and longer distance buses $1.50-$3.00. Some routes offer more than one class of travel: regular class and especial which often has a/c and makes fewer stops but cost a little more. Also, know that you and only you are responsible for your own health and safety in your travels and the choices you make. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!




Road heading into Intipucá from San Miguel. Stop is just a 2 blocks head

Photo taken: March 2017

Main stop for buses in town. You can see the bus to La Unión off to the left.

Photo taken: March 2017

Forgot to use the ATM before you got to El Cuco? There is a bank in Intipucá (see map).
Photo taken: March 2017

If you are heading to La Tortuga Verde you can grab a tuk tuk for $5. Takes about 10 minutes

Photo taken: March 2017

Photo taken: March 2017

Share your travel tips for Intipucá below!

  1. Vicky brosa

    There are some buses from Intipucá to San Miguel that pass through La Tortuga Verde, I was told at 7:30 a.m. but sure at 01:00 p.m. It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes. July 2019

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