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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.

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Time difference

GMT -6 hrs.

Key events

Semana Santa (Easter)
Feast days of their local saint such as San Miguel and Sonsonate.
Arts and Culture Festival

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Our insider tips for El Salvador

Sophie Barber

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.    

Lina Fuller

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.  

Natalie Paiva

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

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.

What our experts say

Not many people have El Salvador on their radar, but therein lies its unspoilt beauty. With undeveloped beaches, beautiful colonial towns and amazing natural scenery, this small country  is well worth exploring before the tourist invasion arrives. It's definitely my favourite country in Latin America, I was knocked out by the warmth and friendliness of its disarming people. 


Lina Fuller

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