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El Salvador

Introduction

Compact El Salvador is Central America's smallest country. Nonetheless there is plenty to explore here and travel to El Salvador is the best way to see some undiscovered tropical gems.

San Salvador is a characterful city at the foot of a volcano that is El Salvador's cultural hub; Alegria is one of the country's most picturesque towns and the heart of the country's flower-growing business; Suchitoto is laidback and bohemian, with an exciting arts scene.

Mayan civilisations and archaeological sites can be found throughout El Salvador; the village of Joya de Cerén was preserved by volcanic ash 1,400 years ago; the San Andrés area contains an astonishing acropolis. Best of all though is the pyramid of Tazumal.

Punta Roca is the legendary surf break that has put El Salvador on he map for big wave fans; Playa El Tunco also has great surfing and slightly smaller crowds whilst Playa Los Cóbanos offers good diving.

Wildlife holidays in El Salvador are centred around the Montecristo Cloud Forest and Cerro Verde National Park, on the slopes of a smoking volcano, with trekkers heading to Parque Nacional El Imposible to scale a stirring ridge.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT -6

Currency
US Dollar ($) = 100 cents

Language
Spanish

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