El Salvador has moved beyond its turbulent past and is known for its charming colonial towns, green valleys and mountain cloud forest. Easy to get around, El Salvador is a friendly and hospitable country, perfect for those wishing to visit unexplored, emerging destinations.
Salvadoran cuisine has local and Spanish influences and traditional dishes include thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, meat and squash as well as empanadas filled with meat, potatoes and cheese. Restaurants in San Salvador and other big cities also offer a wide range of international cuisine.
El Salvador offers a mix of international standard hotels in the cities as well as smaller locally owned guest houses and boutique hotels in the countryside and on the beach.
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Where to go in El Salvador
Explore the capital city of San Salvador surrounded by mountains and enjoy the famous Zona Rosa district with its numerous restaurants and bars.
Ruta de las Flores
Travel along Ruta de las Flores, a winding scenic route through coffee country with mountain villages, coffee plantations and marvellous volcanoes.
Take a step back in time and spend a night or two in the peaceful and lovely colonial town of Suchitoto with its cobbled streets, pretty church and boutique hotels.
Mayan Ruins & Pyramids
Joya de Cerén, the greatest archaeological discovery during the last 50 years in all Latin America. Known as the Pompeii of America, this pre-Columbian Maya farming village was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano in the 6th century.
See the pyramids in the archaeological site of El Tazumal, or at the pre-Columbian ceremonial center of San Andrés, one of the greatest pre-Hispanic centers of El Salvador.
El Imposible National Park
Hike in El Imposible National Park in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. This tropical forest is home to a wide range of flora and fauna with more than 250 kinds of birds and mammals.
El Salvador's Pacific coastline has some of the best surfing spots in the world.
When to go
El Salvador is a year-round destination with a tropical climate throughout the year. The dry season runs from November to April when temperatures range between 28º and 35º C.
During the wet season, it can feel very hot and humid on the coast but rain tends to fall mainly in the afternoons - so you still have plenty of clear skies and sunshine.
Where to go next
Map of El Salvador
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