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Teopan, Lake Coatepeque, El Salvador

El Salvador Holidays

El Salvador – also known as ‘the half-an-hour country’. Spend a little more time than that here with Steppes Travel and you’ll meet towering volcanoes and spirited colonial cities (and, very few tourists).

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.

Highland Coffee Plantations, Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras
Highland Coffee Plantations, Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras

Highlights of El Salvador & Honduras

Our classic combination of the “half-an-hour country” El Salvador and neighbouring Honduras unveils the highlights of these often overlooked nations. From dining with an archaeologist to trail hiking Mayan islands, we can curate a fully-tailored trip bursting with extraordinary experiences.

16 days

from $3,478 pp

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El Imposible National Park
El Imposible National Park, El Salvador

Why we like El Salvador

El Salvador is known as the pais 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.

Coffee Plantation
Coffee Plantation

El Salvador: What to Expect

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.

Explore El Salvador

  • Suchitoto
  • Santa Ana


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Suchitoto Town, El Salvador

Visit Suchitoto

Visit this pretty town, famous for its cobbled streets and parish church that dominates the main square where a craft market is held most days.

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Coffee Plantation

Stay at a Coffee Plantation

Stay in a traditional hacienda on a working coffee plantation.

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Butterfly, El Salvador

Barra de Santiago

Visit the most unspoilt beach in the area which doubles as a nature reserve for butterflies and birds.

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Building, Panchimalco, El Salvador

Visit the Panchimalco

Discover one of the few tribes to have retained their traditional culture and dress.

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Zipline in forest

Apaneca Zipline

For an adrenaline buzz, take the Apaneca Zipline tour through forests 150m above the ground.

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El Imposible National Park

El Imposible National Park

Discover El Imposible National Park, which is far more accessible and enjoyable than its name suggests!

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Los Almendros de San Lorenzo £££££

  • El Salvador

Los Almendros is a charming French-owned colonial period property in the heart of the historical city of Suchitoto. This is a very traditional Spanish building with terraces, bar and lounge surrounding a leafy central courtyard.

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Los Trozos £££££

  • El Salvador

Tucked away in the highlands above the city of Sonsonate on a working coffee plantation is the family-run hotel, Los Trozos. The accommodation has been created in the old farmhouse building, where the original kitchen has been cleverly adapted to provide a beautiful living space.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

If you’re looking to slip off the grid into some of Central America’s most spectacular scenery, John suggests heading for Parque Nacional El Impossible, named by coffee farmers who found it near impossible to transport their crop through the precipitous mountains.

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We are so happy that we decided to take John’s advice and add on an El Salvador extension to our Honduras trip. We felt like we were the only ‘tourists’ in the whole country.

Destination: El Salvador
Travel Expert: John

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