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El Salvador

El Salvador is a pocket-sized country of wild beauty. Volcanic in more ways than one, it has emerged from a period of civil strife with a strengthening economy. Mindful of its tourism potential the authorities have renovated the historic centre of San Salvador and opened up national parks to visitors. Overall the country is refreshingly natural, with a bucolic rhythm to its lifestyle and some of the friendliest people in Latin America.

While farming has undeniably made its mark on the countryside, El Salvador has some unforgettable landscapes. The tropical forest of El Imposible National Park is cut through with hiking trails. The winding Ruta de las Flores splices the country’s beautiful coffee heartland dotted with highland villages.

There are spruced-up colonial towns, such as of Suchitoto with its cobbled streets and thriving arts scene, and Joya de Cerén – a pre-Columbian village remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash. Beaches are undeveloped: Punta Roca is a popular destination for surfers. In the east, the rucked hills around Perquín, the guerrilla movement’s base in the civil war, are now a haven of serenity.

Our insider tips for El Salvador

Sophie Barber
Wandering through colonial Suchitoto, aptly named ‘the place of birds and flowers’. An evening stroll on the main plaza will be accompanied by throngs of people enjoying the lively atmosphere.    
Learning about the civil war in the excellent, poignant museum (Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña) at Perquín, which recalls the armed struggle of the anti-government guerrilla movement.  
Taking to the road along the Ruta de las Flores, where you’ll drive through pleasant highland villages nestling among the coffee fincas and enjoy the cool mountain air. 
Nicola Gude
Travelling by boat across the Golfo de Fonseca to or from Nicaragua. You can visit one or other of the undeveloped islands such as Isla Meanguera, which offers accommodation.
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  • Client Comments

    "The transfer from leon to suchitoto was hard work but the trip across the gulf was worth it!"

    HC, Leyburn | February 2014 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    I felt that our visit helped local people and economies, especially in El Salvador. I tried to buy local and go to local cafes wherever possible and was encouraged and given time to do so. 
    PC, London | April 2011 | 35 - 50 | Solo Traveller
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