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La Palma

Palacio Nacional


Biosecurity Requirements to enter El Salvador

  1. Not vaccinated against COVID-19: They should present a negative COVID-19 result given 72 hours before the arrival to El Salvador (PCR, NAAT or LAMP as well).
  2. Vaccinated agains COVID-19: They should present the vaccination certificate with all doses suministrated, depending on the type of vaccine.
  3. If they have only been given a dose of two: They should present a negative COVID-19 result given 72 hours before the arrival to El Salvador (PCR, NAAT or LAMP).


-Restrictions has been lifted for people who is from united Kingdom ans South Africa.

- El Salvador accepts PCR  COVID 19, NAAT, ans LAMP as well.

- Antigen test is not accepted.


Casa Degraciela

Located in Concepción de Ataco, it is a 150-year-old boutique hotel. Each of the rooms is particularly decorated with the furniture used by the ancestors of the current owners, but the experience of the stay is adapted to the most demanding standards of comfort and quality. Ideal for rest and relaxation.

Eco Le Doratt

Eco Le Doratt located in San José La Majada, aware of the environmental problems actuallythe planet is facing, renewable energy is used in the facilities of our hostel and Glamping area, thus we also design the ECO TREKKING tours of waterfalls and mountains, where the tourists have the opportunity to contribute to the planet, trekking and collecting polluting waste from our mountains, canyons and rivers.

Coffee Farms, The Flowers Route

Along the Ruta de Las Flores we will find several farms, wonderful places where contact with nature is predominant and you can see more than 35 species ideal for bird watching with heights between 1,400 to 1,600 meters above sea level.

Thermal Paradise Villa

Located in Caluco, Sonsonate, is a private country house surrounded by beautiful nature, with the purpose of providing relaxation of body and mind to our visitors. The Villa is exclusive for those who request it and share it only with their guests with personalized service.

Tres Volcanes

A glamping site in the middle of three Volcanoes at Volcanoes National Park in El Salvador. TRES VOLCANES offers contact with nature without sacrificing basic comforts such as a comfortable and warm bed, showers with hot water and clean bathrooms. The views of the volcanoes and Pacific Ocean, the flowers and birds offer an ideal ambiance for relaxation and wellness activities.

Hot springs of Santa Teresa

Termales Santa Teresa is a Grand Resort, Hotel & Natural Spa located in Ahuachapán with 30 thermal pools and 4 restaurants to relax, offers relaxing massages and kaolinite baths to provide vitality and rejuvenation.

Los Ausoles

Altered area with paths where volcanological resources can be found with the presence of 4 elements: water, steam, hot rocks and minerals accompanied by pressure. It is the first place you visit on the Tour de Los Ausoles.


Mercado del mar, La Libertad

Central Park of Apaneca

Tile street, Apaneca

San Andrés Apóstol church, Apaneca

Alejandro Coto Theatre

Los Tercios Waterfalls

Ermitaño Island

Museum Home Alejandro Coto, Suchitoto

San Martín Square, Suchitoto

Cobbled streets and colored umbrellas, Suchitoto

Santa Lucía church, Suchitoto

Central Park of Suchitoto

La Libertad’s harbor holiday resort and Mercado del Mar

Tourist Resort of La Libertad Port: a Sun up-sun down destination by the beach, located 34 kilometers away from the City of San Salvador, where visitors enjoy a family friendly setting with recreational services and local cuisine. The pier is framed by restaurants, seafood sales, an office area, yacht parking and car parking areas and an artisan dock. It is open from Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m, without closing at noon and from Friday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. without closing at noon.

Joya de Cerén

The Joya de Cerén archaeological site is nested within the Zapotitán Valley. After its accidental discovery in 1976, multidisciplinary research teams of archaeologists, paleobotanists, biologists, geologists, and volcanologists studied the area. This exceptionally well-preserved site provides a unique account of the volcanic eruption that covered a Mayan village in the Late Classical period, from AD 600 to AD 900. The eruption of the Ilopango caldera volcano was the most significant one affecting the western and central parts of El Salvador where Joya de Ceren was founded, sometime around the year AD 600. The area was occupied only 30 years since the Loma Caldera volcanic eruption in AD 630, totally buried the village. The successive layers of volcanic material became a time capsule, leaving a perfect record of the daily activities that occurred at Joya de Cerén, telling the story of the village´s organization, and the complexity of its earthen architectural structures, as a testimony of the flight of the residents of Joya de Cerén. The site gives visitors a glimpse into the daily routines of farmers and artisans, making it an iconic Mayan archaeological site in Mesoamerica and for the world, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Visitors to Joya de Cerén can visit the museum and tour the excavated areas of the village.

Guazapa Volcano

Geographical formation of up to 1436 meters above sea level and a length of 22 km. Enjoy hiking, walking or horseback riding, war caves (tatús), viewpoints and canopy, it tells stories of the armed conflict.

Suchitlán Lake

Visit Puerto San Juan, enjoy: pools, restaurants, boat tours and cross in Ferry passage. Feel the adventure in a Canopy in El Mangal

Suchitoto – Historical Center

Colonial attractiveness, Listed as a Historic Complex of National Interest (D.L- 1028, 1997, 682 properties with colonial characteristics, of which the most important are 14)

Waves Searcher


Its name in Nahuatl means: "City of the Priestesses", "Witches or Soreceresses". It was inaugurated in1973, to the east of “Morena City”, Santa Ana, just 65 kilometers from the capital city. This volcanic park with year round warm climate and three spring water pools, offers the best combination of nature and freshness in its 17 acres of land. Visitors enjoy a close contact with nature along the pedestrian paths surrounded by beautiful gardens. Sihuatehuacán also offers its visitors modern cabins for the whole family, a picnic area, parking area, a skating rink, restaurants, a large outdoor amphitheater with capacity for a thousand people and a modern soccer field, among other attractions. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and for the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Its name in Nahuatl means: "House of the Little Fish" or "The Cave of the Little Fish”, it is located 52 kilometers from the city of San Salvador. The land of this paradisiacal site was donated to the state by Antonio Avendaño Osorio and Antonio Domínguez, owners of the estates, during the office of Mr. Raúl Contreras as the head of the National Tourism Board. The 75- acre park was opened in 1952. It has three pools to fit all needs, "Popular", "Family" and the "Fountain", with two additional pools for children and five ponds; two water sources, a 6.50 meter- high slide and two free fall slides. The mythological attractions offered by Ichanmichen include crystalline water sources like "El Cipitío", "La Ciguanaba", "The fountain of Xochitl", “Valentina´s corner" and "The Mermaid” pools, all surrounded by abundant vegetation. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and for the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Amapulapa is located 60 kilometers East from San Salvador, near San Vicente, its name in Nahuatl means: "River where the Amates sink". It covers an area of 57 acres of land. The wealth of this natural park lies in its volcanic soil dominated by ash and lava where many water sources emerge nourishing it. Flora is characterized by beautiful, gigantic Amate trees that provide thick foliage and embellish the place. Among the main services offered at this park are four natural pools for adults, a water slide, three pools for children with interactive games, rest areas, picnic areas, cabins, parking, restaurants, among others. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and for the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Apastepeque Lagoon

Its name in Nahuatl means "Hill of the large pots” or "Hill of the alabaster". This 2.61acre recreational park is located in the department of San Vicente, the canton of Apastepeque, 64 kilometers from the capital city. In 1963 the beautification of the surroundings of the Laguna de Apastepeque was decreed, considered a public utility, and the park was inaugurated in 1979 by Lic. Alfredo Menéndez Magaña. This recreational area includes a beach, a swimming pool, restaurant, trails, picnic areas, cabins; and for those who seek to admire the landscape and the passivity of its waters, the park has a cozy boardwalk and a floating dock from which to enjoy a mirror of fresh water. This lagoon rests on the crater of an exploded volcano, the vegetation that covers the lagoon´s banks is typified as a sub-tropical humid forest, under tropical transition; considered one of the main life zones of El Salvador, it extends from the volcanic chain to the coastal plains. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


In Nahuatl, Apulo means "Place that sinks in water"; This 74-acre site is located in Canton Dolores Apulo, Ilopango, 16 kilometers from the capital city, among the departments of San Salvador, Cuscatlán and La Paz, of which 28 acres have been developed. Lake Ilopango, a volcanic lake, is the main attraction of this recreational park, its crater is located right at the bottom of the lake and according to historical data the cauldron was formed as a result of a cataclysmic eruption, producing huge pyroclastic flows that destroyed various Mayan cities. The park offers a boardwalk, a pier and an impressive lighthouse as main attractions, in addition to two swimming pools, ample parking, picnic areas and restaurants; and a modern beach soccer stadium. Visitors and their families or friends can enjoy the picnic areas and taste the local cuisine such as boneless mojarra (bream) and the typical fried pepescas, as well as different seafood and traditional dishes, which are prepared with a high level of quality. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Costa del Sol Park

Parque del Sol is located in Canton San Antonio de Los Blancos in San Luis La Herradura, department of La Paz, in the coastal area of the same name, 65 kilometers from San Salvador. The first stage of this park was built in front of the beach in 1975 and the second stage in 1976, with access to the Jaltepeque estuary. The park has an area of 35 acres, offering one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in our country, and a mangrove that can develop rationally to enjoy boat rides along the estuary with the family. Costa del Sol Park provides pool service for adults and children in both stages, a parking area, family cabin service, restaurants, basketball court, in addition to having one of the most modern beach soccer stadiums, in which international sporting events have taken place. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Altos de la Cueva

This Park is located along the banks of the Rio Grande in the department of San Miguel, at a distance of 152 kilometers east of the capital city. In 1957 by legislative decree the land was declared of public utility for the construction of a national park, by which the executive branch was empowered to purchase the land, inaugurating the park on June 29, 1979. Altos de la Cueva lies at 103 meters above sea level, with an area of 47 acres of land, of which 35 are forest with a warm climate, beautiful green areas, gardens and water sources that supply the pools. Among its main attractions are the water slide installed in the artificial lake, two swimming pools for adults and children as well as dressing rooms, restrooms, children's recreation areas, family cabins, soccer, basketball and volleyball fields. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Toma de Quezaltepeque

Its name has different meanings in Nahuatl, among them: “Mountains of Quetzales”, “Precious City” or “Beautiful place”. This site is located to the Northwest of the city of Quezaltepeque in the department of La Libertad, at a distance of 25 kilometers from San Salvador and was inaugurated on July 21, 1979, under the administration of Mr. Alfredo Menéndez Magaña. The Recreational Park has an area of 140 acres, with a relevant natural potential since it is located over a mantle of lava or volcanic rock that serves as an aquifer recharge generating numerous crystalline water springs that in turn have developed species of vegetation seen exclusively in this part of the country, in addition to various species of insectivorous plants. “La Toma” has become one of the favorite tourist parks for Salvadoran families with its three pools of fresh water, an artificial lake, picnic areas, cabins, trails, gardens, soccer and basketball fields, among other attractions. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agua Fría

This refreshing place located in the city of Chalatenango, 78 kilometers from San Salvador, was inaugurated in March 1977, and named after the river which supplies all the pools in the Park. Agua Fría has an area of 73 acres of land, 5 of which were donated by Don Antonio Rivera, a citizen of Chalatenango who wished to leave a natural legacy to the new generations, for their healthy recreation. Its vegetation, tranquility, pure air and contact with nature are the main qualities that tourists will find in this Chalateco oasis, where they can also enjoy the delicious and refreshing waters of the “Posa Fría”. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Its name comes from the indigenous roots of Nahuatl, which means "Cradle of the Lord of the Waters". It is located in the City of Izalco, department of Sonsonate, 58 kilometers from the capital city of San Salvador. It is one of the most attractive Recreational Parks that El Salvador has to offer, its 42 acres are surrounded by exuberant vegetation and trees where the naturally developed balsam tree predominates. This tree has great use in medicine. Atecozol offers visitors two natural pools for adults, five pools for children, picnic areas, a restaurant, cabins, a soccer field, a Mayan ball court; in addition to having a temazcal and cultural vestiges that include works by the Salvadoran sculptor Valentín Estrada, who pays homage to pre-columbian characters and legends such as "La Cuyancúat". General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (All ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cerro Verde

Cerro Verde is located in the department of Santa Ana, 77 kilometers from San Salvador, it was opened to the public in 1955, forming part of the "Volcano Complex", established as a priority area for nature conservation in El Salvador. This park has an area of ​​92 acres, and offers tourists three different mountain  trails: "The Mysterious Flowers", "A Window to Nature", and the "Old Mountain Hotel". Also you’ll have the opportunity to climb the Izalco volcano (6,500 ft AMSL) and the Santa Ana or “Ilamatepec” volcano (7,812 ft AMSL), the park offers amazing views, recreational games area, abundant flora and fauna, parking and cafeteria, among others. General information  

Parque Balboa

Located at the Planes de Renderos Canton, 12 kilometers from San Salvador, Balboa Park is considered the first "Tourist Center" in the country with its 74.8 acres of abundant vegetation, part of El Salvador's main ecological reserves. The park has different entertainment areas, playground areas, a modern soccer field with synthetic grass, bicycle trails, children's games, and picnic areas. Other main attractions include pre-Columbian monuments such as: the "Goddess of Rain", "God of Fire" and the "God of Spells". Balboa Park is also known as the place where El Salvador´s main and most tasted dish is sold, the famous pupusas, that can be found in all flavors and sizes, in an amical and clean atmosphere. Visitors greatly enjoy the “Corn Plaza”, where a great variety of corn based local dishes are served. General information · Free general admission · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00. · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. at 4:00 p.m.

Botanical Garden Plan de la Laguna

Large expanses of nature, ponds with turtles, water lilies and bamboo

Antiguo Cuscatlán

Punta Mango

Located at the Wild east, it is probably the second-best wave in the country, with a rocky bottom beach and strong currents, which makes it very sport demanding. There are a couple of high quality resort hotels to lodge in, although access is not easy and will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle and maybe a tour guide. How to get there. From San Salvador head to the east of the country along the coastline highway. Upon hitting El Cuco beach, go west.

Costa del Sol

Located at the San Luis La Herradura municipality, it is one of the most visited places by sun and beach lovers. The beach is part of a tourist complex that includes mangroves, estuary, islands, inlets, and other natural attractions. Costa del Sol is the most extensive beach in El Salvador. It has a variety of hotels. It is also important to mention the different activities offered to visitors, such as: boat rides, visit to the Montecristo Island and the mangroves; practicing volleyball and beach soccer. How to get there From San Salvador, take the coastline highway to the east.

El Pimental Beach

This beach stands out for its privacy and tranquility; it is the ideal place to enjoy leisure in a peaceful environment away from the urban noise. El Pimental´s estuary, that can be reached through an inlet, offers visitors natural lushness, and a range of amenities including a culinary experience for all tastes. Location; San Luis Talpa Municipality, La Paz Department. How to get there ? Take the highway that leads to Comalapa International Airport; look for sign posts on the way that indicate the detour to El Pimental and La Zunganera beaches.

Las Flores Beach

Enchanting and quiet beach, one of the most important surf destinations in El Salvador. Las Flores beach is located at the east coast of the country, also known as the Wild east and is considered a hidden jewel with perfect waves for surfers all over the world. Las Flores borders with El Cuco beach, making it perfect for walking on the beach during low tide and stopping by the restaurants along the area. Location: Chirilagua Municipality, in the Department of San Miguel. How to get there? From San Salvador go to the east of the country through the coast line highway. Upon reaching El Cuco beach, head to the east.

El Obispo Beach

This beach has large and capricious rock formations that offer a spectacular scenario when the majestic waves persistently beat the rocks angrily trying to knock them down, causing a magical sound. We can assure you that nothing else is needed, you’ll enjoy the scenery and the moment. Besides you need not worry about food, visitors can enjoy rich fresh seafood at the local restaurants, listening to live music. Location: Calle El Obispo, in the Municipality of La Libertad. How to get there? From San Salvador, go to El Malecon in La Libertad Port; start at the main entrance. Read the signs along the way since they will lead you to the beach entrance.

La Paz Beach

It has particular waves for surfers, specially amateurs. It’s important to emphasize that these waves have been the scenario of surf championships. Visitors can find a variety of services such as: hostels, hotels, restaurants, surf lessons, and kayaking. Several species of sea animals such as marlins, golden dolphins, tuna, and other can be seen. Location: Kilometer 36 along the CA-4 highway, Calle Obispo, La Libertad Port. Department of La Libertad. How to get there? From San Salvador, head to La Libertad Port. The beach is in front of the tourist Pier.

Punta Roca (Punta Chilama)

Beach with one of the best world class waves, the best long, right, hollow and potent waves in the country and one of the best waves in America, for intermediate and advanced surfers. Here you’ll find hotels dispersed in different sectors of the beach, and also a variety of popular restaurants. Location; La Libertad Port, Department of La Libertad How to get there? Approximately 34 km or 30 minutes from San Salvador, on the coastline highway. As reference we take the Dock at La Libertad Port, that is next to La Paz beach.  

El Cocal / Conchalio

El Cocal: Visited by local and foreign surfers due to its proximity to El Sunzal and La Paz beaches. This beach is characterized by the vast variety of sea gastronomic products. Location: La Libertad Port, Department of La Libertad How to get there? If you travel by vehicle you must take the coastline highway and be on the lookout for sign posts.   Conchalío Located in La Libertad Municipality, the Department of La Libertad. Conchalío offers a variety of accommodations. Visitors can find in its surroundings hotels, hostels, restaurants, houses for rent, etc. This beach is characterized by fast and quiet waves, for this reason it is visited by surf enthusiasts, especially beginners. How to get there To get to Conchalio beach by car, it is recommended that you take the coastline highway. This beach is located after the Chilama bridge, to the left

San Blas / Majahual

This is a perfect place to spend a different day and enjoy leisure. It’s adjoined to  El Majahual beach, which has various beach breaks and surfing clubs, and also it has a sandy beach between the rocky topography of all the Balsamo mountain range region. Here, you’ll find a biggest house rental range, It’s the ideal place to stay, you have different hostels and restaurants in the area. How to get there You must go to the coast highway; just after Conchalio you’ll find this spectacular tourtist destination. Located in km 39 ½ of this same highway, if you follow the signs while driving you will have no problem getting there.   El Majahual Beach   An ideal place for tourism, relaxing and enjoying nature. The fun doesn’t await, specially if you are passionate about sports, you can practice football or beach volleyball, thanks to its flat beach. If you are a fan and or a beginner surfer, you can venture into surfing, you will find instructors specialized in this sport. And if you don't own your own surfboard, don't worry, you can rent on site. How to get there From San Salvador, go to La Libertad Port, and from there take the coast highway to the west. Right to the left of the street you’ll se the Majahual beach.  

El Palmarcito

Located in Tamanique, El Palmarcito has a swell where you can practice surfing and body surf. There are a variety of small businesses that offer fresh seafood dishes, very popular in Salvadoran gastronomy. How to get there From San Salvador, go to La Libertad Port. Then take the coast highway to the west.


In this beach you’ll find the points k-59 and k-61, with excellent world quality. Taquillo beach characterizes by its privacy and vegetation in its surroundings. It’s important to emphasize that it’s considered one of the protected jewels of the country. It’s one of the protected areas of Taquillo, enclosed by big volcanic rocks. Also, one of its major attractions is the Tacuacin trail, where you’ll take a tour of approximately 3km, which is worthwhile. However, the adventure doesn’t end there, at the end of the trail you’ll find El Pescadero viewpoint. Ideal for taking photographs of the view. How to get there Travel from La Libertad Port city to Chiltiupan town. You must ask your driver to leave you in Taquillo. Once you get there you must walk for 2 km.

San Vicente


La Paz



Laguna Verde

One of the most emblematic and unforgettable places in Apaneca is Laguna Verde, an easily accessible place for pick ups, 40 minutes from Apaneca Park, you will enjoy one of the most impressive landscapes in El Salvador.



Liberum Tours And Travel

Morazán TOURS

RASTAMAYA (Operador de turismo)








Centro de Convenciones

Restaurante Doña Laura

Cadejo Brewing Company




LA HOLA (Costa del Sol)

LA HOLA(San Benito)



Restaurante Betos(Col. Escalón)

Restaurante Betos (La Libertad)

Restaurante Betos(Santa Elena)

Restaurante Villaflor

Restaurante Betos Multiplaza

La Cafeta

Restaurante Humo(La Mascota)

Restaurante Humo(Santa Tecla)


Restaurante Acajutla(Acajutla)



RestauranteCaffe Estorake




Restaurante Bennigans

Inversiones Acopacific, S.A. DE C.V.

Acobam de R.L.

Asdruval Tours

Santillana Tours

Linea Ejecutiva

José German Escobar Pineda



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Morcan Bro


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JM Frenos

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Titanic Tours

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El Salvador Sport Fishing

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transportation Melvel



Saravia Tours

SET- Servicio Especializado de transportation



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transportation VILLA-FLORES

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Antonio Tours

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The Loft 318, Urban Hotel

Hotel Pacific Paradise

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Valencia Tours







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Tours In El Salvador

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Cadejo Brewing Compañy (Aeropuerto)



Cacao Tours

Family Tours El Salvador

Date Transport

El Salvador Positive Tours

Puerto Marisco (Constitución)

Puerto Marisco (Santa Elena)

Brunos Tours

Transtures Brunos

Brunos Rent a Car

Cadejo Brewing Company (Zona Rosa)

Cadejo Brewing Company (Santa Rosa)

Cadejo Brewing Company (La Libertad)

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Puerto Marisco (Santa Tecla)

Puerto Marisco (Cima)

Puerto Marisco (Progreso)

Puerto Marisco (Zona Rosa)

Puerto Marisco (Escalón)

Transportation Melgar Tours

Teopan Tours

Hotel y Restaurante Acantilados

Rodolfo Aquiles Larin

transportation Pedrito


La Casa de la Hacienda

Peña Hermanos, S.A. DE C.V.

Vilca Tours

Guazapa Café Restaurante

transportation Zaldaña

Maldonado Tours

Roberts Tours

Hi-Class Transportation

Pablitos Tours

Grupo VTT, S.A. de C.V.

Blue Line El Salvador S.A. DE C.V.

Remfort Business Class Hotel

Fiorellas Tours

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Grupo Mago

Argueta Tours

transportations Amaya Sanchez


Hotel Las Magnolias

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Distribuidora y transportation Johnny

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Illusion Tours


Hostal Villa Blanca

Amatechan, S.A de C.V.

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Grupo Fine, S.A. de C.V.


Hotel Trópico Inn


Los Almendros de San Lorenzo


Hotel Courtyard By Marriot

Hotel Los Mangos

Hotel Tekuani Kal


Hotel Holiday Inn


Hotel Casa De Mar


Rancho Estero y Mar


Morrison Hotel La Escalón


Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto El Salvador


Hotel Comfort Inn La Unión


Hotel Comfort Inn San Miguel

El Salvador Shuttle

Restaurante y Hotel Villa San Miguel


Las Flores Surf Club, Las Flores Resort


Hotel Villa Serena(Escalón)


Crowne Plaza San Salvador


Hotel Villa Terra


Hotel Mirador Plaza

Cabañas y Mirador El Pericon

Eco Hotel Mariscal


Eco Hotel Arbol de Fuego


Hotel Windsor Plaza

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Hotel Lonigo

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Hotel Villa Serena(San Benito)


Hotel Real Intercontinental San Salvador


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Hotel Villa Florencia (Zona Rosa)


Hotel Royal Decameron Salinitas


Hotel Agape


Puerto Barillas Marina & Lodge


Hotel Tropiclub

Operadora de Turismo Paty

Las Tres Marias Hotel y Restaurante

Hotel Papaya Surf


Cardedeu S.A. de C.V.

Hotel Marriott Fairfield

Hotel Hyatt Place (PROYECTO)

Hotel Santa Elena

Hotel Gardenia Inn



Hotel y Restaurante Manglares Bahia Resort El Espino


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Cabañas y Restaurante Allá Arriba

Barolo Hotel y Boutique Gourmet




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Network Travel

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Green Blue Red


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La Ruta del Guerrillero


The Labyrinth of Albania

One of the experiences that you can enjoy is the Labyrinth of Albania, the largest in Central America, it is a beautiful place, with a cool climate and its characteristic cypress smell is a place that will make you fall in love.Admission is $ 3.00 for adults and $ 2.00 for children, you can enjoy a delicious coffee grown in the area as well as different desserts in the cafeteria


Jiquilisco Bay

Considered one of the greatest natural treasures of El Salvador, Jiquilisco Bay offers a majestic experience in the east of the country, 111 kilometers from the capital in the department of Usulután. Here we find the largest mangroves in El Salvador, which allows a great abundance of fish, exotic birds and reptiles such as: snakes, iguanas, turtles, crocodiles. This area has been declared a Xirihualtique Biosphere Reserve, one of the three Biosphere Reserves that exist in El Salvador and Ramsar Site in 2005, composed of 27 islets and islands, including: Espiritu Santo, known as the coconut paradise; due to the countless number of palm trees that surround it. It is also one of the maritime ecosystems with the greatest perennial extension of wetland habitats in the country, which can be recorded by boat starting at the mouth of the Lempa River to the Bocana de la Chepona. During the tour you can enjoy captivating estuaries and canals, mangrove trees of great size and in excellent state of conservation, as well as an abundant nature, in addition to practicing sport fishing. Its waters are passive waves and temperature ranges between 27 ° C and 35 ° C

Berlín and Alegría

The Sierra Tecapa - Chinameca, is a volcanic mountain range with at least five volcanic cones included: Tecapa Volcano, Usulután Volcano, El Tigre Volcano, Laguna Seca El Pacayal and Laguna Alegría; It includes two iconic cities for tourism in El Salvador: Alegría and Berlín. Alegría is a municipality in the eastern part of the country, department of Usulután, located 142 kilometers from the capital San Salvador, driving you along the Pan-American Highway. Founded in the mid-seventeenth century by Yaquis or Pipil tribes, its original name was "Tecapa" which means "Laguna de las Piedras" (Lagoon of stones). With an approximate area of ​​43.2 km², the Tecapa volcano, of 1,594 MAMSL, stands out in its geography, whose crater contains the Alegría Lagoon which formed after the volcano erupted; Its climate is around 21 ° C in the highest parts, with a maximum of 27 ° C in the month of April, and a minimum of 15 ° C in December. Its church "San Pedro Apóstol" built in 1792, is one of its tourist attractions, being its main economic heritage the cultivation of coffee. The tourist activity is beautifully set by its cobbled streets and its natural environment of diverse vegetation, ornamental and fruit plants; which offers tourists accommodation, tours, local cuisine (totopostes, alfajores, quality coffee, among others), restaurants with stunning views of the mountains, handicraft shops, the birthplace of renowned Salvadoran writer Alberto Masferrer and the former President of the country, Manuel Enrique Araujo. On the other hand, Berlín is located in the Sierra Tecapa-Chinameca-Alegría, in the mountainous area of ​​north-central Usulután, located 112 km from the capital city San Salvador. Founded in 1885, the name was suggested by Don Serafin Brennen, a German citizen, based in the valley. Originally in the area were settled Lencas villages and later the Pipiles, generating a great cultural and linguistic influence. Berlín located between 1023 and 1200 MAMSL, has a pleasant climate with average temperatures of 21º, and is surrounded by mountains in which the Pelón, El Pinal and Guandique hill stand out; its tropical vegetation with abundant coffee plantations with many pepeto trees that shade the coffee plantations. The generation of electricity using geothermal resources is one of the main attractions for the tourist activity of Berlín, being only 3 kilometers from the power generation plants from the geothermal steam that is currently managed by the company La Geo (State company). The tour is explained by local tour guides, complemented by an interpretive museum, a pool with thermal water, saunas, interpretive trails and viewpoints. The beautiful architecture of the city center includes old houses with stamped sheet walls imported from Belgium, a construction modality that took place between 1925 and 1930, and which represents the historical pride of the city. Another local tourist attraction is the local tour to areas of sowing grains and vegetables, to ponds where the cultivation of tilapia fishes and shrimp is practiced, and walks in the middle of the coffee forests, enjoying the observation of both native and migratory birds.


Gulf of Fonseca

A road trip of approximately 207 kilometers along the CA-2 from the capital, takes you to the department of La Unión, where Gulf of Fonseca is located, one of the emerging destinations in El Salvador, which more people want to visit. Its main attraction is the paradisiacal view that allows to appreciate islands that reside in the Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Meanguera, Meanguerita, Conchaguita, Punta Zacate or Zacatillo, Martín Pérez, Zacate Grande, El Tigre, Exposición, Rocas Desnudas, Los Farallones, among other islands, all this destinations imposing volcanic archipelago. The destination can be traveled by boat, a service offered by locals and whose port of departure is traditionally the Muelle de La Unión or Muelle Los Coquitos. Among the list of destinations is Meanguera Island, where according to legend, the English Corsair Francis Drake buried part of his treasures. In this destination you can learn about history, since on the Conchaguita Island you can see the door of the church of Santa Ana de Teca, built in the 16th century by the friars of the order of San Francisco. If you love fishing, in Isla Zacatillo you will have a unique experience, since its inhabitants are dedicated to this activity as the main source of work. La Union is located in the east of El Salvador, an area that is characterized by high temperatures, so it is recommended fresh and light clothing, hat or cap, hydration and sunscreen when you decide to visit this destination.

El Salvador selected to host historic edition of 2020 ISA World Surfing Games


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Posted January 13th, 2020 - News Posted for El Salvador NewsISA NewsWorld Surfing News.

Last Olympic Qualifier to take place May 9-17 at Surf City El Salvador

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that El Salvador has been chosen as host of the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, to take place May 9-17. 

Twelve Olympic Qualifiers (seven women and five men) will be determined, making 2020 a historic edition of the event.

Swell lines wrap around the point of El Sunzal, also breaking on the reef of La Bocana, seen further down the coast. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

The twelve surfers to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in El Salvador will round out the grand total of 20 men and 20 women to compete in Surfing’s Olympic debut, joining athletes that qualified through the 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour (WSL CT), 2019 ISA World Surfing Games, and Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

The competition, which utilizes a dual podium format, will take place across two waves – El Sunzal and La Bocana. 

Both world-class surf spots recently were used to successfully host international championships, with the Surf City El Salvador ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship taking to the righthand, cobblestone point break of El Sunzal and the ALAS Latin Pro running at La Bocana, less than a kilometer to the east.

Hosting the ISA World Surfing Games is the next step in El Salvador’s five-year “Surf City” strategy to promote the tourism opportunities at the country’s beautiful beaches. 

The world’s best National Surfing Teams will be present in El Salvador. The top three ranking surfers from each nation on the 2019 WSL CT will be nominated to represent their nations, an invitation that must be accepted to remain eligible for Tokyo 2020 as per the ISA’s Olympic Eligibility Requirements

The 2019 edition of the ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan reached unprecedented participation records. 240 athletes from a record-breaking 55 nations vied for the Gold Medals and Olympic Qualification slots. 

Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich earned the Women’s Gold Medal, while Italo Ferreira led Team Brazil to Gold with a gutsy, Gold Medal performance in the Men’s Division.

Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich claims victory at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

The Tokyo 2020 slots, which were awarded on a continental basis, were provisionally earned by Shun Murakami (JPN), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), Billy Stairmand (NZL), and Frederico Morais (POR) for the men and Shino Matsuda (JPN), Anat Lelior (ISR), Bianca Buitendag (RSA), and Ella Williams (NZL) for the women.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: 

“We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship with President Nayib Bukele, Minister Morena Valdez and the government of El Salvador to bring another ISA World Championship to their beautiful country. The ISA World Surfing Games will bring an unprecedented level of global attention to the country and the nearly unlimited world-class resource that is its year-round waves.

Olympic dreams will be fulfilled, creating a highly anticipated level of world-class surfing, camaraderie, and excitement. The universality of our sport will be well on display with surfers from all continents gathering in peace to celebrate our sport’s Olympic spirit.

We look forward to building momentum towards Tokyo 2020, displaying the youthful, high-performance values of our sport that will contribute to the great success of the Games.”

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele said:

“We are proud that our country will always be remembered and associated with the historic recognition of surf as an Olympic sport. 

We welcome surfers and tourists from around the world. This event will be the window to show our world-class waves and destination: Surf City El Salvador. Our country is open and ready to embrace new ideas, challenges and innovation. 

With Surf City El Salvador we are showing, with actions, that we have the political will to create a brand, a concept and a world-class destination.

This Olympic qualifying event is a milestone for Surf City El Salvador and we are certain it will contribute to the consolidation of our beautiful country as a premier destination for surfing. 

This is a historic championship for the sport. We are honored to host the world’s top surfers and show them all the good things we have to offer.” 

Lo que los surfistas han encontrado en El Salvador está muy lejos de las nociones preconcebidas compuestas por titulares sensacionalistas.

El Salvador es un país pequeño con una gran reputación. Su notoriedad por la violencia de pandillas supera con creces la atención que merece como un paraíso tropical para los surfistas. Al menos en los EE. UU., La mayoría de la gente está familiarizada con la pandilla MS-13 y sus vínculos con El Salvador, pero la mayoría no podría decirle nada más sobre el país. ¿Podría alguien promedio incluso colocar a El Salvador en un mapa?

Mientras que la pequeña nación centroamericana de seis millones ha sufrido un problema global de relaciones públicas a lo largo de las décadas alimentadas por la guerra civil y la violencia, los surfistas han sido los primeros en adoptar la costa de El Salvador, dispuestos a probar las aguas de los lugares que los gobiernos aconsejan no visitar. La nación ha sido bendecida con una costa que atrae las fuertes olas del Pacífico Sur, atrayendo la energía bruta a las aguas tropicales que cubren sus arrecifes, puntos y playas que hacen que las olas se doblen y rompan en formas que los surfistas solo sueñan.

Las líneas de oleaje se doblan en El Sol, con la Bocana vista más abajo en la costa. FOTO: ISA / BEN REED

El nuevo presidente de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, es consciente del recurso en gran parte sin explotar que son las olas que rompen todo el año en la costa de su país, y su idea de utilizar el surf como una herramienta para desarrollar su país es lo que me lleva a la historia.

Bukele, un presidente joven y poco convencional que rompe el molde al negarse a usar una corbata con su chaqueta desabrochada, tener un gabinete compuesto por un 50% de mujeres y realizar comandos presidenciales de manera transparente a través de las redes sociales, tiene la visión de hacer de El Salvador un destino global. para turistas, particularmente surfistas. La idea del presidente Bukele de utilizar el surf como herramienta para desarrollar su país es lo que me lleva a la historia.

Un presidente que nunca ha surfeado, está apostando por el surf.

Nayib Bukele ha dicho que no ha surfeado en su vida, ni planea hacerlo. Sin embargo, él ve el océano como una forma de desarrollar su país, crear empleos, sacar a la gente de la pobreza y reintegrar a los miembros de las pandillas a la sociedad. Al principio de su mandato presidencial, parece ser un hombre de palabra, ya que su administración lanzó una campaña de “Surf City” para mostrar la belleza de su costa al mundo.

¿Cómo se muestran sus excelentes olas al mundo? Una exhibición en persona es probablemente el método más eficiente y convincente. Como parte de la campaña, El Salvador ha comenzado a organizar eventos internacionales, incluido el Campeonato Mundial de SUP y Paddleboard de la Asociación Internacional de Surf (donde sirvo como Administrador de Medios).

Con un poco de retraso, hice las maletas para El Salvador como ayuda solicitada, una pequeña parte de un gran plan, para desarrollar y mejorar el país a través del turismo de surf. Estábamos listos para organizar un evento de StandUp Paddle que reuniría a más de 150 competidores de 27 naciones de todo el mundo para visitar El Salvador.


Mojandome los pies

No diría que tenía miedo de visitar El Salvador, pero si quisiera gastar algunos dólares ganados con esfuerzo en un viaje de surf, tendería a inclinarme hacia lugares un poco más familiares: México, Costa Rica, Nicaragua. Dicho esto, no me llevó mucho tiempo darme cuenta de lo que me había perdido una vez que llegué.

Nos alojaron en un hotel justo en el punto de quiebre de El Sunzal, a menos de una hora en automóvil del aeropuerto internacional y la capital de la nación.

Me desperté la primera mañana para comprobar las olas y me sorprendió gratamente el tamaño y la consistencia del oleaje que bajaba por el punto. No me llevó más de diez segundos caminar de regreso a la habitación para ponerme los baúles y taparme la cara con protector solar. Por lo general, no puedo surfear tanto en eventos de trabajo, pero con los primeros amaneceres y alojamiento, un tiro de piedra desde un punto de quiebre cambió eso. Apretar en un buen día de surf hace que la jornada laboral sea mucho más fácil.

El Salvador es conocido por sus saltos de puntos a la derecha, por lo que yo como un “Regular Footer”, estaba en el cielo. Pasaba todas las mañanas surfeando, las tardes escondiéndome del sol abrasador mientras tecleaba y las tardes surfeando nuevamente.

La campaña “Surf City” “va a funcionar”.

Pocos días después de llegar a El Salvador, me encontré cara a cara con el presidente Bukele, hablando con él, dándole la mano y tomando fotos. Se comprometió a reunirse con el personal del evento y los atletas en su palacio presidencial en la capital de la nación. El hecho de que un presidente esté dispuesto a dar la hora del día a un grupo de surfistas no tiene precedentes.

Sabiendo que no tengo una comprensión suficiente del panorama político del país para juzgar excesivamente al presidente por sus políticas, salí de lo poco que sabía y de las primeras impresiones (en persona). Realmente sentí que el hombre era sincero. No parecía que estuviera por encima de aquellos con los que habló. Definitivamente habló con confianza, repitiendo varias veces que la campaña “Surf City” “va a funcionar”.

Me sentí extrañamente relajado con el presidente, tal vez no tan nervioso como debería haber estado. Dejé ese compromiso sabiendo que esa fue probablemente la única vez que estrecharé la mano de un presidente activo en mi vida.


¿Es este el real El Salvador?

Mi amor a primera vista con la costa de El Salvador me hizo darme cuenta de que era un adherente inconsciente a la imagen global negativa del país.

He estado en muchos países de todo el mundo y sé que no puedes leer un libro en su portada. La gente tiende a ser servicial y amigable en todos los países, pero también sé que algunas manzanas podridas pueden eclipsar fácilmente. Como pasé mis últimos días en el país enamorado de lo que he experimentado, sé que, para bien o para mal, solo he visto una pequeña porción del pastel.

Al igual que con la mayoría de los países que visito para eventos de trabajo, en realidad es solo una visión pasajera de la cultura y está muy lejos de experimentar realmente la forma de vida de los lugareños. Trabajar cuando se está ejecutando un gran evento internacional no es necesariamente una representación precisa de un país, especialmente cuando la financiación del evento, la infraestructura, el personal de apoyo y los visitantes que son traídos por el evento se eliminan de la ecuación.

Dicho esto, al recordar mi tiempo en El Salvador, ha sido una experiencia sorprendente y reveladora, pero no puedo evitar preguntarme si lo que he visto es cómo es realmente la vida en el país. ¿La actividad de las pandillas afecta la vida de los salvadoreños más de lo que parece a simple vista?

En este punto, estoy listo para darle a El Salvador el beneficio de la duda, pero al mismo tiempo sé que un viaje de regreso está en orden. Conocer más íntimamente las olas, la cultura, la naturaleza y la sociedad, ya sea que confirme o niegue cualquier noción preconcebida, es solo una razón más para volver.

A pesar de mi persistente incertidumbre, una cosa es segura: el plan del presidente Bukele está funcionando. La prueba está en que lo viví, un Gringo como yo, cuya única opinión sobre El Salvador había sido moldeada por internet y rumores, ahora cree en la belleza natural y la rica cultura de la nación.

Es seguro decir que volveré. Y sé que no soy el único.




Surf City: Pulling Back the Veil on El Salvador

What surfers have found in El Salvador is a far cry from the preconceived notions compounded by sensationalist headlines.

El Salvador is a small country with a big reputation. Its notoriety for gang violence far exceeds the attention that it deserves as a tropical paradise for surfers. At least in the US, most people are familiar with the gang MS-13 and its ties to El Salvador, but most couldn’t tell you anything else about the country. Could your average Joe even place El Salvador on a map?

While the small Central American nation of six million has suffered a global PR problem over the decades fueled by civil war and violence, surfers have been the principal early adopters of El Salvador’s coast, willing to test the waters of places that governments advise against visiting. The nation is blessed with a coast that beckons the robust swells of the South Pacific, drawing the raw energy to the tropical waters covering its reefs, points, and beaches that cause the waves to bend and break in forms that surfers only dream of.


El Salvador’s new President, Nayib Bukele, is aware of the largely untapped resource that is the year-round waves breaking on his country’s coastline, and his idea to use surfing as a tool to develop his country is what brings me into the story.

Bukele — a young, unconventional president who breaks the mold by refusing to wear a tie with his unbuttoned jacket, having a cabinet comprised of 50% women, and transparently making presidential commands via social media — has the vision to make El Salvador a global destination for tourists, particularly surfers. President Bukele’s idea to use surfing as a tool to develop his country is what brings me into the story.

A President who has Never Surfed, is Betting on Surfing

Nayib Bukele has said that he’s not surfed in his life, nor does he plan to. However, he sees the ocean as a way to develop his country, create jobs, bring people out of poverty, and reintegrate gang members into society. Early in his presidential term, he seems to be a man of his word, as his administration has launched a “Surf City” campaign to show the beauty of their coastline to the world.

How does one show their excellent waves to the world? An in-person exhibit is probably the most efficient and convincing method. As part of the campaign, El Salvador has started to host international events, including the International Surfing Association’s World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (where I serve as Media Manager).

With a bit of a late notice, I packed my bags for El Salvador as enlisted help, a small piece of a big plan, to develop and improve the country through surf tourism. We were set to host a StandUp Paddle event that would bring over 150 competitors from 27 nations around the world to visit El Salvador.


Getting my Feet Wet

I wouldn’t say that I was afraid of visiting El Salvador, but if I were looking to spend some hard-earned dollars on a surf trip, I would tend to lean towards places a little more familiar — Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua. That said, it didn’t take me long to realize what I had been missing once I arrived.

We were put up in a hotel right on the point break of El Sunzal, less than an hour by car from the international airport and the nation’s capital.

I awoke on the first morning to check the waves and was pleasantly surprised by the size and consistency of the swell reeling down the point. It didn’t take me more than ten seconds to speed walk back to the room to throw on my trunks and cake my face in sunscreen. Usually, I don’t get to surf that much at work events, but with early sunrises and accommodation, a stone’s throw from a point break changed that. Squeezing in a good morning surf makes the workday so much easier.

El Salvador is known for its right-hand point breaks, so as a regular footer I was in heaven. I spent every morning surfing, afternoons hiding from the blazing sun while banging away at a keyboard, and evenings surfing again.

the “Surf City” campaign “is going to work.”

Just days after arriving in El Salvador, I found myself face to face with President Bukele, speaking to him, shaking his hand, taking photos. He held an engagement to meet the event staff and athletes at his presidential palace in the nation’s capital. The fact that a President is willing to give the time of day to a bunch of surfers is quite unprecedented.

Knowing that I don’t have nearly enough of an understanding of the political landscape of the country to overly judge the president on his policies, I went off the little that I did know and first (in person) impressions. I truly felt that the man was sincere. It didn’t feel like he was above those that he spoke to. He definitely spoke with confidence, repeating multiple times that the “Surf City” campaign “is going to work.”

I felt oddly relaxed around the President, maybe not as nervous as I should have been. I left that engagement knowing that was probably the only time I will ever shake the hand of an active president in my life.


Is this the Real El Salvador?

My love at first sight with El Salvador’s coast made me realize that I was an unconscious adherent to the negative global image of the country.

I’ve been to lots of countries around the world and know that you cannot read a book by its cover. People tend to be helpful and friendly in all countries, but I also know that they can easily be overshadowed by a few bad apples. As I spent my last days in the country enamored with what I’ve experienced, I know that whether for better or worse, I’ve only seen a small slice of the pie.

As with most of the countries that I visit for work events, it’s really just a passing glimpse of the culture and a far cry from truly experiencing the locals’ way of life. Working when a huge international event is running is not necessarily an accurate representation of a country, especially when the event funding, infrastructure, support staff, and visitors that are brought by the event are removed from the equation.

That said, as I think back about my time in El Salvador, it has been an amazing, eye-opening experience, but I can’t help but wonder if what I’ve seen is what life is really like in the country. Does the gang activity affect Salvadorian’s lives more than meets the naked eye?

At this point, I am ready to give El Salvador the benefit of the doubt, but at the same time know that a return trip is in order. Getting to more intimately know the waves, the culture, the nature, and the society, whether it confirms or denies any preconceived notions, is just more reason to come back.

Despite my lingering uncertainty, one thing is certain: President Bukele’s plan is working. The proof is in the pudding. A Gringo like myself, whose only opinion of El Salvador had been molded by the internet and hearsay, is now a believer in the nation’s natural beauty and rich culture.

It’s safe to say I’ll be back. And I know I’m not the only one.





You’re Missing Out on El Salvador

People used to associate El Salvador with danger. This, unfortunately, was a fair judgment as crime involving gang violence, drugs, murder and the mistreatment of women could be all too common.

However, most people don’t realize El Salvador is also home to much more than homicide statistics.

Those willing to give this Central American nation a chance will be surprised at how worthwhile a destination it is.

“Tourism is one of the industries that will help our country grow and become stronger,” said Benjamin Rivera, a tour guide at Salvadorean Tours. “In the last 15 years, there has been progress in the political arena, in infrastructure and in education. There are more opportunities for El Salvadorians than ever before, and sometimes the change is slow, but things are changing for the better.”

Known as “El Pulgarcito of America,” or the little thumb of America, it’s a country full of rich culture, jaw-dropping natural beauty, delicious (cheap!) food and archaeology. Because of its small size, you can start your morning with a cup of coffee in the mountains and enjoy lunch overlooking the crashing waves on the coast.

No matter where you travel, you should always be on high alert and cautious of your surroundings. That said, the best and safest way to see all this country has to offer is hiring a reputable tour guide.

During my stay, I was able to spend each night in a new city throughout the country. Here are the highlights:

San Salvador

El Salvador’s bustling capital city is home to historic monuments, churches and museums. Definitely check out the historical center, which includes the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and National Theatre, with the Gerardo Barrios square as its center point.

One of the most popular sites to see is El Rosario Church, designed by famed El Salvadorian sculptor Ruben Martinez. From the sidewalk, all you see is a dismal concrete exterior. However, when you enter the church, get ready to be blown away by the stunning, arched stained glass ceiling, which filters natural light in a rainbow of color that illuminates the entire altar.

Where to stay? Mirador Plaza.


Meaning “place of birds and flowers”, Suchitoto is a charming, quiet, colonial town with cobblestone streets. It’s known as the arts and culture capital of the country and, more importantly, a town that takes women’s rights seriously.

The town’s strong presence of women’s groups helps to educate the community on issues of equality. Throughout the town, you’ll spot stenciled signs declaring, “In this house, we want a life free from violence against women.”

While in Suchitoto, stop by Arte Añil where you can learn about the importance of indigo in El Salvador, once referred to as “blue gold” during colonial times. Shop for unique clothing and decorative items created by owner, Irma Guadron, or take a dying class yourself.

Nearby is Lake Suchitlan, where visitors can hop a boat tour departing from Puerto San Juan and admire the seemingly infinite types of birds seen in the area.

Where to stay? Los Almendros de San Lorenzo.

Concepción de Ataco

If you appreciate art, explore the peaceful town of Concepción de Ataco.

Located alongside The Flowers Route, a road named for the abundance of vibrant flowers blossoming on either side of it, Ataco is known for the colorful murals that decorate its towns walls. These depict both everyday life and folklore, as well as inspiring concepts, like gender equality and reaching your dreams.

Coffee-fiends will enjoy touring the nearby El Carmen Estate, where they can learn about the Ataco coffee process from guides who have grown up in the coffee industry, and of course, enjoy a cup of joe at the pristine estate.

Ataco also has a lively central plaza that comes to life on the weekends. Stroll through the plaza where you can part take in the gastronomic festival that features El Salvadorian cuisine, arts and crafts and music.

Where to stay? Misión de ángeles.

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La Libertad

While heading to the Pacific coastline, make a stop to admire Lake Coatepeque, an expansive crater lake in Santa Ana. Though you can admire it from the road, you can also visit its shore to swim, kayak, jet ski and more.

Visitors who love bohemian, beachy vibes will adore the town of La Libertad. With two streets lined by shops and just a few restaurants and bars, it’s a chill, relaxing getaway and a great place to learn how to surf or watch surfers crush the waves. After watching the epic sunset on El Tunco Beach, head to Beto's Restaurante, where the view of the coast is as spectacular as the enormous selection of seafood on its menu.

Where to stay? Boca Olas Hotel.

Hot History

Other highlights of El Salvador include the epic volcanoes that can be found throughout the country. In fact, there are currently 23 active examples. Head to El Boqueron Park, located on top of the San Salvador Volcano at 5,905 feet where you can view a crater that’s over three miles long.

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Another must-see? Cerro Verde National Park where you can hike through three volcanoes: Cerro Verde volcano, Izalco volcano and Santa Ana volcano. Admission is $2 and $3, respectively.

Lastly, a trip to El Salvador wouldn’t be complete without an exploration of archaeological sites. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Joya de Ceren—also called the Pompeii of America—is a look at a pre-hispanic farming village preserved by a volcanic eruption in the seventh century AD.

Located a few kilometers away is San Andrés, preserved by an eruption of the Playon volcano during 1658 AD. Main attractions include the Acropolis, along with its nearby pyramids, that served as important political and ceremonial structures for the use of governors in during the Maya civilization.


El Salvador | Central America’s gastronomic and archaeological adventure

El Salvador is a country which offers beautiful landscapes along with the hospitality of its people, which is one of its greatest treasures. The Salvadoran warmth comes seasoned with its renowned traditional cuisine, which shows the quality of the ingredients cultivated throughout the country.

Tamales y Tazumal


When you visit El Salvador you simply cannot miss the opportunity to be delighted by the delicious tamales, a traditional dish made from corn.

The word Tamal comes from the Nahuatl tamalli (which means wrapped); this name comes from its cooking method which consists of placing the tamales in a large pot and then wrapping them in orchard or gopher leaves. This delicacy was born in Mesoamerica and is found throughout the Central American region with different names and variations in its cooking methods. In our country we can find different forms of creating this dish: stuffed with chicken, pork, chambray, cheese with chipilín and pisques, which are stuffed with beans and accompanied with spicy tomato sauce. Corn tamales are also found, this are made with tender corn and without any filling and are generally served with sour cream or cream cheese.

Salvadorans accompany the delicious tamales with either a hot chocolate drink or coffee, and there is always an excuse to have this delightful dish served on our tables; both in everyday life and on special occasions.


Another distinctive characteristic of Salvadorans is that we are always eager to show our country to those who visit us, meaning you will probably have someone taking you to the Tazumal when you visit. Located in the department of Santa Ana, about 80 kilometers from San Salvador and in the heart of Chalchuapa, this ceremonial center incorporates the archaelogical sites of Pampe, Casa Blanca, El Trapiche and Laguna de Cuscachapa.

This archaeological complex, with Teotihuacan and Toltec influences, has the highest pyramid discovered in El Salvador with 24 meters aprox.. One of the most important sculptures found in this site is the Stele of Tazumal, better known as the Virgin of Tazumal; a 2.65 m by 1.16 m sculpture that depicts a character with lavish garments holding a scepter. Discovered by the historian Santiago Barberena in 1892, it is currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology.

Excavations have been continued for years and thanks to the site’s conservation and the artifacts found in it, visitors will get to know more about our country’s rich history.

So come and enjoy our dishes and discover the mystical and archaeological world that El Salvador has to offer.

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El Rosario Church

Since 1971, El Rosario church is recognized as religious heritage site for Salvadorans, it is one of the last churches built in the downtown San Salvador, it has a modern architectural design, rich with European influence and unique in the Americas. Located in La Libertad Plaza this building is 24 meters wide and 80 meters long, it has a concave shape that rises 24 meters above the floor and surprisingly there are no interior columns. This location was the original site of San Salvador’s main catholic temple, which was constructed by priest and independence hero José Matías Delgado in the eighteenth century. It is said that the building was made out of wood, but unfortunately, it was consumed by fire, that’s why in 1962 a new church project was assigned to architect and sculptor Ruben Martinez. Martinez is the creator of many monuments around San Salvador including the Monument to the Constitution and The Christ of Peace Monument, among others. Compared to other temples, the church has no pillars to obstruct the visibility so visitors have an unobstructed view of the altar and the colorful religious images. All visitors will appreciate its unique concrete walls with no finish, even more impressive are the stained glass windows that gives light and color to the otherwise dark interior. People say that this unique design resembles the shape of aircraft hangar instead of that a traditional church. Furthermore, this extraordinary church has a stylized Way of the Cross made of black wrought iron on cement and pumice rock. Each piece is a work of art by itself. To this date, El Rosario church is the resting place of independence heroes brothers Nicolas, Vicente, and Manuel Aguilar, making this temple a cultural property protected under the Hague Convention and by Legislative Decree #38 issuing “Historic Site” status in 1972. In addition, this temple is known as one of the iconic buildings of the historic center of San Salvador, not only because the relevant events that have taken place in the surroundings, but also for its unique architectural design that represents an important part of our El Salvador impressive.

La belleza de El Salvador es cautivadora, su gente, su comida y sus tradiciones hacen que te enamores cada vez más, y uno de los destinos imperdibles es el Centro Histórico de San Salvador.

Podrás visitar la Catedral Metropolitana donde está la cripta de San Oscar Romero, figura icónica de El Salvador.

Además podrás apreciar la belleza arquitectónica del Palacio Nacional, el Teatro Nacional, el Parque Libertad y la Plaza Gerardo Barrios.

Cerca encontrarás restaurantes, cafeterías y sin faltar artistas urbanos.


Historical Center San Salvador

The beauty of El Salvador is captivating, its people, its food and its traditions make you fall in love more and more, and one of the must-see destinations is the Historic Center of San Salvador. You can visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, there is the crypt of San Oscar Romero, iconic figure of El Salvador. You can also appreciate the architectural beauty of the National Palace, the National Theater, the Parque Libertad and the Gerardo Barrios square. Nearby you will find restaurants, coffee shops and urban artists.

Santa Ana Volcano / Ilamatepec

Located about 15 km northeast of the city of Sonsonate. It is contiguous to Cerro Verde and to theof Santa Ana Volcano this area is named The Complex of Volcanoes. It is considered one of the youngest volcanoes in the world and still active having occurred its last eruption in October of 1966. It has an elevation of 1910 msnm According to the professor and historian Salvadoreño Jorge Lardé and Larín "at the beginning of century XVII formed a hollow , To the south-east of the Santa Ana volcano, a crater from which a column of thick, black smoke constantly erupted with a strong smell of sulfur and fire from time to time. It was a volcano without cone, a volcano in formation to which the natives comarcans gave the name of "infiernillo of the Spaniards" (1633). After horrendous eruptions, the cocoa plantations and other plantations of the old Izalcos province were severely damaged. The main ones were those of 1722, 1745, 1753, 1762, 1765, in February 1770 a cone of magmatic materials was formed, Late eighteenth century was visible from long distances. It can then be considered that the volcano of Izalco was "born" in the year 1770 and has remained in activity almost continues until February 1957, when there was a violent eruption, followed by a weak and intermittent activity during the rest of the year. Already in 1958, the Izalco had ceased all activity during the rest of the year, in 1958, the Izalco had ceased all activity. It was at rest until October 28, 1966, when a small eruption occurred, by an embrasure that formed 550 meters below the summit on the SSE slope of the cone, which lasted a month. During that time, two lava flows descended at a distance of 1,200 meters. At present, you can observe fumaroles that leave the main crater of the volcano. The Izalco can be considered as an active volcano at rest. This impressive volcano can be climbed in only 2 and a half hours, expeditions to its summit depart from Cerro Verde Park at 11 am every day, these are escorted and driven by local gypsies

Izalco Volcano

Located about 15 km northeast of the city of Sonsonate. It is contiguous to Cerro Verde and to theof Santa Ana Volcano this area is named The Complex of Volcanoes. It is considered one of the youngest volcanoes in the world and still active having occurred its last eruption in October of 1966. It has an elevation of 1910 msnm According to the professor and historian Salvadoreño Jorge Lardé and Larín "at the beginning of century XVII formed a hollow , To the south-east of the Santa Ana volcano, a crater from which a column of thick, black smoke constantly erupted with a strong smell of sulfur and fire from time to time. It was a volcano without cone, a volcano in formation to which the natives comarcans gave the name of "infiernillo of the Spaniards" (1633). After horrendous eruptions, the cocoa plantations and other plantations of the old Izalcos province were severely damaged. The main ones were those of 1722, 1745, 1753, 1762, 1765, in February 1770 a cone of magmatic materials was formed, Late eighteenth century was visible from long distances. It can then be considered that the volcano of Izalco was "born" in the year 1770 and has remained in activity almost continues until February 1957, when there was a violent eruption, followed by a weak and intermittent activity during the rest of the year. Already in 1958, the Izalco had ceased all activity during the rest of the year, in 1958, the Izalco had ceased all activity. It was at rest until October 28, 1966, when a small eruption occurred, by an embrasure that formed 550 meters below the summit on the SSE slope of the cone, which lasted a month. During that time, two lava flows descended at a distance of 1,200 meters. At present, you can observe fumaroles that leave the main crater of the volcano. The Izalco can be considered as an active volcano at rest. This impressive volcano can be climbed in only 2 and a half hours, expeditions to its summit depart from Cerro Verde Park at 11 am every day, these are escorted and driven by local gypsies

Cerro Verde Park

Cerro Verde is located in the department of Santa Ana, 77 kilometers from San Salvador; it was opened to the public in 1955, as part of the "Volcanic Complex", established as a priority area for nature conservation in El Salvador. The park´s 92 acres offer tourists three different mountain trails: "The Mysterious Flowers", "A Window to Nature", and the "Old Mountain Hotel". Visitors have the opportunity to climb the Izalco volcano (6,500 ft AMSL) and the Santa Ana or “Ilamatepec” volcano (7,812 ft AMSL), and enjoy amazing views, recreational games area, abundant flora and fauna, parking and a cafeteria, among other amenities. General information · Admission for adults: $ 1.50 USD · Free for children under 6 years, adults over 60 and the physically impaired. · Foreign tourists: $ 3.00 (all ages) · Parking: small vehicle $ 1.00, large vehicle $ 2.00 · Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

El Boquerón Park

It is considered an active volcano at rest, to reach its summit and to its crater there is an excellent asphalted road that leaves from Merliot City then in the kilometer 20 aprox is a marked diversion that says; "Al Boquerón" there turn left and travel approximately 3.5 km in dirt road which is passable even in a simple transmission vehicle during the summer, If you travel by bus approach the route 103 takes you to 1 km. before the crater and the terminal of these buses is located 100 meters west of Daniel Hernández Park. Its altitude is of approximately 1950 MAMSL and the temperature in that place varies from 18 to 22 degrees Celsius in the day and descends until 12 or 8 degrees Celsius at night. From this place you will have the most spectacular view of the City of San Salvador and if the visibility is good you can see the Lake of Ilopango, in the area of its top there are exotic flower crops and you will see many other beautiful floral varieties that grow wild , as well as cypress and pine trees. It is a nice place for people who like to observe birds, to be in contact with nature in an atmosphere of pure air and security, as well as to capture sunrises with their camera. On the way to this volcano on the paved route will find sales of beautiful flowers that are cultivated in the hills of the volcano, as well as you can visit the facilities of Café Miranda which is a coffee farm that offers restaurant service which has a beautiful view towards the northern plateau of the country and the Zapotitán valley and counts with trails to observe the coffee crops of height According to volcanologist William J. Hart (1978) in ancient times, this volcano was a single mountain that had a tremendous eruption that formed the huge crater of El Boquerón and left after the eruptive cycle, part of the original mountain El Picacho, which is the highest point of the system (1,960 masl). The crater has a diameter of 1,600 meters in its major axis and a depth of 543 meters. The crater's bank at its highest point measures 1893 MAMSL The distance between the Picacho and the Boquerón measures approximately 2,500 meters. The main eruptions of the volcano of San Salvador were those of 1575, 1770, 1876 and the last of June 7, 1917 that spilled lava flow incandescent covered an extension of more than 5 km forming a wall some meters thick. The indigenous people of San Jerónimo Nejapa were almost surrounded by lavas and their inhabitants were able to escape through a narrow belt not destroyed by the magma.

Chinchontepec Volcano

It is located in the departments of San Vicente and La Paz 7.7 km southwest of the city of San Vicente. Chichontepec means in the Nahuat language "Cerro de dos tetas". It is a perfect example of a double peak volcano. One has a flat summit at 2105 m.s.n.m. And the other has a conical shape with a height of 2181 m.s.n.m. Between the two peaks is a hollow that was the crater. This Completely covered with vegaetation and has no known historical eruptions. However, it can not be considered as extinguished, having hot springs of sulphurous water and fumaroles in its base, known as "infiernillos, in its area are culltiva coffee, flowers and vegetables. To ascend to this volcano there is a dirt road that departs from the city of Zacatecoluca located 68 kilometers from San Salvador by the coastal road that leads from San Salvador to the east of the country, From its height are impressive views of the City of Zacatecoluca and San Vicente, Valley of Jiboa as well as Estero de Jaltepeque and part of the Bay of Jiquilisco. Or You can climb it from the Canton Aguas Agrias in San Vicente department by entering the street that goes from Verapaz to Guadalupe call guides Enrique Villalta Tel. 7812-0249 or Ronie Portillo Tel. 7018-9033

Conchagua Volcano

The Conchagua Volcano, known as "The Gulf Guardian" , from where you will appreciate one of the most beautiful views towards the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca, is located in the municipality of Conchagua in the department of La Unión, 207 kilometers from San Salvador CA-2 road. From the cusp, located approximately 1,256 meters above sea level, you will see unique views of our neighboring countries of Honduras and Nicaragua, in addition to enjoying a fresh environment and in contact with nature, ideal for camping and having a restful rest . The sunrise and sunsets offered by this place are majestic scenarios of the natural wealth that El Salvador offers to visitors and will make you live a unique experience in harmony with the environment. In the area you will find the Protected Natural Area owned by the State, which houses a variety of Salvadoran wildlife such as white-tailed deer, tepezonte, raccoon, armadillo, mico cat, cat son, tacuazín, hurracas, parakeets and other bird species. You can also do activities such as hiking, bird watching. It has cabins for a well-deserved rest. For adventure lovers, the volcano can be climbed walking, about two and a half hours, otherwise you will need a 4x4 vehicle or take the service offered by tour operators in the area. When you get off the volcano, you can visit the oldest colonial church in El Salvador built in 1693, located in a town full of customs and traditions, with a pupusodrome where you can enjoy the pupusas (typical savior of El Salvador) and a pleasant climate. Protected Natural Area: (503) 2656-0286 / Cell: (503) 7936-8225

El Pital es sin duda unos de los destinos naturales más hermosos con los que cuenta El Salvador, con un clima que puede llegar hasta los 3°C gracias a sus 2730 metros sobre el nivel de el mar.


El Pital es el lugar perfecto para los amantes del camping, la naturaleza y la aventura. Acá podrás observar abundante fauna y flora, atardeceres impresionantes y neblina.


Para llegar lo puedes hacer con vehículo 4×4, no se recomienda hacerlo con carros tipo sedan, llevar ropa abrigadora.

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El Pital

El Pital is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural destinations in El Salvador, with a climate that can reach up to 37 F° thanks to its 2730 meters above sea level.

The Pital is the perfect place for lovers of Camping, nature and adventure. Here you can observe abundant fauna and flora, impressive sunsets and mist.

To get there you can do it with a 4x4 vehicle, it is not recommended to do it with sedans, wear warm clothes.


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Located at 1,455 MAMSL and at 91 kms. of San Salvador. The meaning in Nahuat is "River of Wind". In the municipality you can find nature and adventure tourism



Its name in Nahuat means “Four Izalcos”, since it had a town with four times the population of Izalco. It had native communities which still preserve Nahuatl-era dress, traditions and language. This municipality is the first destination of the Flowers Route, coming from San Salvador.


Municipality on the Flowers Route. A colonial city surrounded by volcanoes and the intense green, high-quality coffee plantations. Juayúa also has an alternate route called Ruta de los Naranjos where you can find restaurants, accommodation and tours to different plantations.


A town of pre-Columbian origin, the scenery, culture and cobbled streets was sufficient to be included as part of the Flowers Route. Its name of Nahuat origin means “Place of sacred water”. Known for being a very colorful town since most of its walls have been decorated with colorful and creative murals referencing Salvadoran culture.


It is located 81 kms. from San Salvador. Located at the heart of the Route of the Flowers, this municipality has a variety of art galleries, traditional mosaics and also, part of its architectonic beauty is San Miguel Arcángel Church. La Ceiba Plaza, located at the entrance of the municipality, displays in its façade, a mural of Quetzalcoatl which in Nahuatl means “Feathered Snake”, reminds us of El Salvador’s pre- Columbian origins.

Casa Blanca Archeological Site

Casa Blanca is one of the Chalchuapa sites, settled principally in the Late Preclassical period, from around 400 BC to AD 250. Casa Blanca and the Trapiche site to its north are believed to have been important Mayan estates at the time. Both Casa Blanca and Tazumal were inhabited in the Classical and Post-Classical periods. Of particular importance in this site are the sculptures associated with the structures, including figures and effigies with human and animal faces. Flat stelae and altars for important events on the calendar have also been found. The park currently covers nearly 6 hectares, with archaeological trails to visit the 6 structures that have been researched and partially restored thus far (3 pyramids and 3 smaller structures). An inset archaeological window describes the sequence of human habitation in the area, and a museum and indigo workshop give visitors a chance to learn about the process of cultivation, production, and use of this Mesoamerican dye.

Tazumal Archeological Site

The Tazumal site is located in the Chalchuapa valley and archeological area, covering approximately 5 km² and including locations such as Las Victorias, El Trapiche, Casa Blanca, Cuscachapa, and Nuevo Tazumal. Tazumal was already a significant site by the year AD 200, and materials excavated from the area reveal important linkages between Tazumal and southeastern Mesoamerica. The peak period came from AD 650 to AD 850, as the site strengthened its administrative and cultural ties to the city of Copán. The discovery of a stele and rich offerings at the tombs of governors and ruling families replete with jade, gold and copper alloys, cinnabar, Copador ceramics, pyrite mirrors, bottles for tobacco, and ceremonial axes are a testimony to the power that the site once wielded. A recent reading of a Mayan text on a perfume bottle directly links a leader from Tazumal with rulers in the Kingdom of Copán. Together, these objects demonstrate the political and commercial influence of the Mayan lowland cities. After the collapse of the Mayans, waves of Pipil migration would flow into Chalchuapa. From AD 900 to AD 1200, Tazumal became an important ceremonial center, incorporating diverse architectural styles, ceramics, and tools from Mexico, and venerating deities from the Mexica pantheon such as Xipe Totec, Tlaloc, and Quetzalcoatl. There is a museum on the Tazumal site, and trails to the different structures, including a ball-game court and ancient constructions that recount the long history of habitation on the site.

Santa Ana

San Andrés Archeological Site

San Andrés was an important site during the Late Pre-Classical period, from 400 BC to AD 25. In the Late Classical period, AD 600 to AD 900, the site was considered a main regional Mayan hub that oversaw the lesser settlements of the Zapotitán Valley. In this period, San Andrés maintained strong ties with the Kingdom of Copán, whose cultural and political influence spread across western and central El Salvador, evidenced by offerings of flint scepters, Copador ceramics, and jars with Mayan text. The original footprint of this monumental location was likely around 200 hectares, and it is surrounded by 350 archaeological sites, including Joya de Cerén. The total population of the Zapotitán Valley in the Late Classical period likely ranged from 40,000 to 100,000 people. A monument known as the acropolis sits at the heart of San Andrés: an elevated surface built with clear architectural influences from the outlying Mayan areas. The acropolis is surrounded by terraces and market plazas; rooms and residence structures for the noble families are located closer to the temples. Communities of Mayan artisans such as Joya de Cerén also dot the area. These settlements specialized in ceramics, obsidian, jades, and pigments made from cinnabar (mercury oxide) and hematite (iron oxide). There was also an important settlement in San Andrés in the colonial period, as revealed by the indigo pit for dye extraction that was in use in the 17th century (1650-1660), on one of the Dominican Estates in San Salvador. The San Andrés archaeological site has a local museum, shops, and an amphitheater for visitors to explore.

Cihuatán Archaeological Site

The Cihuatán archaeological site in the Acelhuate River Central Valley sits on a crest some 30 meters high as a strategic vantage point over the valley. Around AD 900, the hilltop was modified by the inhabitants of Cihuatán to serve as the town center. The walled contours of the ceremonial center surround a central plaza. Constructions in the center include an enormous royal palace for the old city, with two smaller mansions. The design concepts for the royal palace hail from the “tecpan” from central Mexico. The colossal center in Cihuatán was surrounded by an expansive area of common residences, perhaps up to 5,000 homes. Cihuatán can be divided into three important areas: its ceremonial center, the acropolis plaza, and the residential area. Two ball-game courts were erected, one at the western edge and one to the north. The inhabitants of Cihuatán venerated different deities from the Mexica pantheon, such as Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, and Xipe Totec. Cihuatán was vacated from AD 1050 to AD 1100, likely as a product of war and conflict. 21st-century archaeological studies suggest that the city was razed. Cihuatán and the Las Marías site are the largest archaeological sites identified in the country so far. Trails run through the Cihuatán park to the excavated area, with 28 researched structures, a site interpretation center for visitors, a gift shop, and a cafeteria.

San Salvador

Los Cóbanos Beach

Los Cóbanos beach is the biggest coral reef in the north pacific (157 km), which promotes diving, surf and snorkeling. Also, it has a protected natural area Los Cóbanos Complex, that covers approximately 264.6 kms2  of protected marine ecosystem. It’s characterized by the presence of volcanic rocks that run from the sandbanks to approximately 50 meters distributed in rocky patches combined with sandy and muddy bottoms. How to get there From San Salvador, take the coast highway to the west of the country

Barra de Santiago Beach

The Barra de Santiago beach has a representative area of the North pacific Central America mangroves. It was declared as an international important Wetland on July 23rd, 2014, becoming a protected area by the International Important Wetland Relative Convention, specially as a habitat for aquatic birds (Ramsar Agreement). If you like to enjoy a little bit of adrenaline, you can practice kayaking, sailing and water sky. This beach offers a great variety of gastronomy.   How to get here   From San Salvador, take the coast highway to the west of the country.


El Sunzal Beach

The nature in Tamanique town will surprise you, it will activate your senses. El Sunzal beach's swell is internationally recognized as one of the best for practicing surfing. If you are a nature lover, in this beach you will find that its rocky relief turns into a natural habitat for oysters and lobsters. Its by tradition, the headquarters for world and national championships. How to get there. From San Salvador go to La Libertad Port. Then to the west on the coast highway.

Las Tunas Beach

Playa Las Tunas department of La Union is one of the most visited by Salvadorans vacationers, for its black sand and friendly surf spots. Here you will find excellent dining options and small simple rooms at affordable rates.

La Unión

Metalío Beach

How to get there? By car, traveling from San Salvador head for Sonsonate, after Sonsonate you should continue towards Puerto de Acajutla, and at the "kilo 5" turning turn west (on the right) to take the CA-2 road, and travel 9.9 kilometers there you will find a diversion with signage that tells you where to cross to reach the beach. By bus, from San Salvador, go to the western terminal and take route # 205 when you arrive in Sonsonate, overflow to route # 259 that takes you to the Hachadura border and get off at the junction that leads you to Metalío, from there The beach is approximately 1 km, you can walk without any problem.


El Zonte

In Chiltiupan town, this beach will capture you with its natural beauty. It’s known as the bohemian beach destination in the country, and its fanatics call it the crazy town. It has two important surfing points separated by a river, which creates a submarine point of rocks, to the right a cove that makes long waves, and to the left good quality waves for the skate surfers. How to get there You must access the coast highway. Reaching the 53 km, which will take you to La Libertad Department.

El Tunco

This is a world surfing destination in El Salvador. It’s the place of the famous rock of El Tunco, that for years has seen pass by generations of surfers who have grown and practiced this sport. You can say that everyone who has practiced surfing in the country, has visited this emblematic rock. How to get there You have to take the highway to La Libertad Port and then look for the detour that connects with the coast highway that leads to El Malecon. This Will lead to km 42, from where you can see the sign for El Tunco entrance.  

La Libertad

San Miguel

El Cuco Beach

It’s an ideal place for relaxing. El Cuco beach characterizes for having quiet waters and volcanic sand, which facilitates playing soccer, jogging, volleyball, surfing and swimming. You can go from having a tranquil day enjoying nature to a world of sports activities. There’s a variety of restaurants for all tastes, been its specialty the fresh seafood dishes, which assures the quality of the Salvadoran gastronomy.   How to get there   From San Salvador go to the east of the country through the coast highway.


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About El Salvador

Official Name

Republic of El Salvador

Capital City

San Salvador

Legal tender

US dollar. We recommend you to change the currency at the airport. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and stores.


Democratic Republic.

Official language


Other languages

English is very common within the community business.

World time

GMT -06:00


Generally, the climate of El Salvador is warm or tropical during the greater part of the year. The annual average temperature is 28°C, ranging between 25°C and 28°C.


We advise to check the weather in El Salvador before packing:

Bank hour service

08:00 – 16:00. Some exceptions working up to 17:00 or 19:00 hours.




US Dollar (US $)

Time Reference


Entry Requirements

Passport, depending on the country of origin. Sometimes a tourist visa or tourist card at a cost of $ 12 is needed and are usually valid for 90 days.


110 volts AC, 60 Hz, 220 Volt


Easy access to the Internet via WiFi hotspots in business centers, hotels, cafes and restaurants.


10% is appropriate in most restaurants and bars. Some already include the tip in the bill.

Foreign exchange

Visitors are advised to change money only at banks.

Travelers Checks

They can be exchanged at banks and hotels, upon presentation of a passport.

Airport Tax

EE.UU. $ 32.00

Airlines that wish to enter El Salvador must require their passengers (except for crew, diplomats or children under 2 years of age), a negative PCR test, issued by the laboratory, 72 hours before boarding the flight.

If the test is sent by the laboratory through any electronic means (E-mail, whatsapp, text message, etc.) the passenger will have to print the certificate, to present it at the airline counter in the country of shipment.

The test certificate, to be presented at the airline, does not require the signature and seal of the laboratory or of the person responsible for having performed the examination.

All visitors must verify the immigration requirements needed to enter El Salvador before starting their journey to avoid unwanted setbacks or episodes. Passports should expire in no less than 6 months.

Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to visit El Salvador for tourism or family visit for a period not exceeding 90 days or for transit.

This visa-exempt countries may require a tourist card, which can be obtained at the border points of entrance to the country, and has a cost of US$12.00.

If your country is not listed above, you will need to apply for a Consular Visa at the Salvadoran Embassies abroad or a Consulted Visa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is highly recommended to review these requirements in the following web page:

Additionally, for any of the visa categories please consider the following:

  1. The maximum length of stay that can be given to a tourist is 90 days. If an extension is required, one can be requested per year.
  2. People arriving from Panama, South America or Africa must have received the yellow fever vaccine at least 15 days before their trip to El Salvador.

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More About El Salvador

In El Salvador, you will find many English speakers in the tourism sector.

In the Salvadoran culture, it is important to cultivate interpersonal relationships.

The typical dish of El Salvador is the “pupusa” which is a corn cake or rice cake stuffed with ground beans, chicharrón (pork beef) and/or cheese. It is recommended for domestic and foreign tourists who come from abroad to consider their ingredients before tasting them.

Tourism in El Salvador

In El Salvador, in a short time you can move to different tourist places such as beaches, volcanoes, lakes, colonial towns, cities, and ruins.

To learn more about the outstanding tourist sites we invite you to explore the following links: