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Travel El Salvador

Updated on February 17, 2012

Touring El Salvador

El Salvador is gaining a reputation for having some of the best surfing in the world. Tourists from all over the world are discovering the surfing meccas of La Libertad (near San Salvador), El Sunzal, El Zonte and the wild El Este (the east). Transforming, El Salvador into the fastest growing surf tourism hot-spot in Central America. The countryside of El Salvador is breathtaking, with volcanoes and mountains offering "green" adventurers exactly what they are searching for.

some parts of this country have rampent poverty
some parts of this country have rampent poverty
day shot san salvador
day shot san salvador

Many of environmentally-oriented community-based organizations develop eco-tourism, and there are a number of beautiful and secluded beaches and forests scattered throughout the country. A well-maintained and virtually deserted national park is found in the west at Bosque El Imposible. Additionally, there is Montecristo Cloud Forest, and a quaint fishing village with breathtaking local hospitality and remote coconut islands in La Isla de Méndez. Isla de Olomega in the department of San Miguel is an excellent eco-tourism destination, as are the beautiful Isla El Cajete in Sonsonate, Isla San Sebastian, Conchagua, Conchaguita, Isla Conejo, Isla Teopan, and Isla Meanguera. One should also visit the colonial towns of Apaneca, Juayua, Panchimalco, and Suchitoto as well as the Mayan sites of San Andrés, Joya de Cerén (The Pompeii of Central America and an UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Tazumal, whose main pyramid rises some 75 feet into the air.

The on-site museum showcases artifacts from the Pipil culture (the builders of Tazumal), as well as paintings that accompany life in pre-Hispanic El Salvador. Souvenir hunters will find some of the best artisans in San Juan el Espino and in La Palma (the artisan capital of El Salvador). The capital, San Salvador, is a cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants highlighting the country’s fresh seafood, as well as plenty of shopping, entertainment and nightlife. Although there are warnings about this small Latin American Country, about torture and kidnappings which has given it a frightfully serious reputation in the world. I have found the opposite to be true the Country of El Salvador has many extraordinary people and places to see. Safety is a matter of knowing your surroundings and being aware of any dangers. Just like if you are in any American city. Use common sense if it’s a dirty ally and you get a horrible feeling don’t go there.

That means your journey through the country can be what you want it to be exotic. Romantic, Fun and exciting, so enjoy your time in this hidden gem of Latin America.


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