El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It lies between Guatemala and Honduras. To the southwest, you’ll find the Pacific Ocean. Spanish is an official language here. The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism.

El Salvador is home to twenty-five volcanoes, fourteen lakes, and four large cities. It is also divided into East, West, and Central. The capital, San Salvador, is in the central region. Santa Ana is in the west. San Miguel is in the east and is also its largest city.

The currency here is US Dollar. All major cards are acceptable, although Visa is preferable. There are ATMs available in all large cities, as well as service stations and shopping malls. 

Taxis on the streets are plentiful, although they don’t have meters, so you should negotiate the price, before getting in. Many hotels have their own car service, which you can use. Also, you can hire a car, if you are over 21 years old and have your license for over a year. Car rental service is available in San Salvador and at the airport. Roads are mostly in good condition. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. 

Here, they use electric sockets and plugs of types A and B, as in the USA. The standard voltage is 120V, so you don’t need to bring an adapter.

El Salvador is both naturally diverse and beautiful. It has beautiful beaches, volcanoes, and mountains. The country also promotes eco-tourism. You’ll savor a number of incredible secluded beaches and forests scattered throughout the country. However, nature is not the only attraction this country has to offer. There are also Mayan sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites here as well.

The major historical sites of El Salvador are the National Palace, the Cathedral of Santa Ana, The Monument of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella, and Casa de las Academias.

The country also offers a variety of beach facilities. One of the most visited areas is La Libertad, in the central region. On the other hand, the beaches El Tunco and El Sunzal are an ideal region for surfing, favored by numerous European and American travelers.

The most significant archeological sites are the Pyramids of San Andres, Joya de Ceren, Quelepa, Tazumal, and Tehuacan.

Among natural attractions, the most famous are the mountain Apaneca- Ilamatepec, the Izalco volcano and the town of Perquín. El Salvador is also known widely as an ecotourism destination. The country has a variety of national parks. The major ecotourism areas are the National Reserve Forest El Imposible, the Cerro Verde National Park, the Montecristo National Park, the Jocotal Lake and the Forest of San Diego.

San Salvador is a cosmopolitan city with delicious restaurants highlighting the country’s fresh seafood. It also boasts plenty of shopping, entertainment, and a thriving nightlife. San Miguel offers tourists a more authentic view of the country. Here, visitors will travel off the beaten path to see its countryside, coastline, and lakes.

August 13, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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