Major Tourist Attractions: San Salvador, Tazumal, Coatepeque Caldera, Lake Ilopango, Estadio Cuscatlan
With world-class surfing, a thriving nightlife scene in the capital San Salvador, and some of the most stunning volcanic lakes in the region, El Salvador may be the smallest nation in Central America, but it packs a wallop when it comes to the number and variety of activities on offer.
Often overlooked in favor of its more popular neighbors Guatemala and Belize to the north, El Salvador rewards those who do venture into this emerging destination with wild and rugged beauty, warm hospitality, and great value for both the budget and luxury traveler.
The only Central American country without coastline along the Caribbean, El Salvador makes the most of its Pacific side with miles of powdery white sand (along with its fair share of dark sand too), legendary surf swells, and for the more adventurous, a swath of small islands in the Gulf of Fonseca aching to be explored.
Although civil war divided this nation during the 1980s, Guanacos are proud of their place in the world and how far they’ve come, and they are eager to share it with you.
Here’s a sample of some of the activities that await:
- Sample pupusas, El Salvador’s traditional corn tortilla, in Olocuilta.
- Learn to surf, or just watch the pros, in sun-soaked La Libertad.
- Zip-line through the clouds in mountainous Apaneca.
- Hike through the lush rainforest of El Imposible National Park.
- Sip on kolachampan, a sugarcane-flavored soda, and take in the panoramic views from Los Planes de Renderos.
- Cool off in Lago de Coatepeque, a crystal clear blue volcanic crater lake.
- Understand El Salvador’s troubled past with a sobering visit to the Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña in Perquín.
- Take a step back in time and explore the colonial hill town of Suchitoto.
- Enjoy a day of shopping in San Salvador’s La Gran Villa.
- Rappel down La Puerta del Diablo (the Devil’s Door), a rocky outpost with stunning views of San Salvador.
- Awe at spider monkeys and anteaters in Montecristo Cloud Forest.
- Relax with a day of deep-sea fishing along the Costa del Sol.
- Dance the night away in the clubs of San Salvador’s Zona Rosa.
- Road trip through coffee forests and colorful villages that hug the scenic windy roads of La Route de los Flores (The Flower’s Route).
Address: Embajada de Los Estados Unidos
Final Boulevard Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad
From the United States you may also dial
(301) 985-8840 ext. 2628, regular toll charges apply