Guasapa Mountain, Suchitoto, El Salvador

El Salvador Holidays

Nestled on the Pacific Coast between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is the smallest of Central American countries and roughly the size of Wales. While it might be principally remembered for its harrowing civil war in the 1980s, today it is becoming an unusual and rewarding country to visit with well-maintained roads, beautiful volcanic scenery and the onset of some excellent properties.

Why we like El Salvador

El Salvador is known as the país de la media hora – the half-an-hour country – as everything is close. You can spend the morning enjoying the flora and fauna of El Imposible and have a shrimp ceviche on the beach for lunch. Best of all, you will only encounter a handful of tourists. El Salvador combines well with Honduras and is an interesting extension to a trip to Central America.

What to expect on your El Salvador holiday

With its rapidly growing economy, concerted efforts are being made to expand the tourism industry within El Salvador, but the delayed approach allows visitors the luxury of enjoying towering volcanoes, pristine forests, delightful colonial cities and expansive beaches without the crowds. Coffee has been the principal export since the mid 19th century and traditional haciendas still dot the countryside.

Some ideas for an El Salvador holiday

  • Suchitoto, by far the prettiest town, is famous for its cobbled streets and parish church which dominates the main square where a craft market is held most days.
  • The Panchimalco are one of the few tribes to have retained their traditional culture and dress.
  • Stay in a traditional hacienda on a working coffee plantation.
  • For an adrenaline buzz take the Apaneca Zipline tour through forests 150m above the ground.
  • Barra de Santiago is the most unspoilt beach and doubles as a nature reserve for butterflies and birds.
  • El Imposible national park is far more accessible and enjoyable than its name suggests – just as the country as a whole is more beautiful and welcoming than you might have imagined.

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