El Salvador

Where to go

Known as the land of volcanoes, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America with a gorgeous Pacific coast and borders with Honduras and Guatemala.   El Salvador has moved beyond its turbulent past and is known for its charming colonial towns, green valleys and mountain cloud forest.  Easy to get around, El Salvador is a friendly and hospitable country, perfect for those wishing to visit unexplored, emerging destinations. 

Highlights include:

  • Ruta de las Flores, a winding scenic route through coffee country with mountain villages, coffee plantations and marvellous volcanoes. 
  • The lovely colonial town of Suchitoto and the nearby ruins of Joya de Ceren.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this pre-Columbian Maya farming village was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano in the 6th century.
  • El Imposible National Park, part of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. This tropical forest is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.


What to do

  • Explore the capital city of San Salvador surrounded by mountains and enjoy the famous Zona Rosa district with its restaurants and bars. 
  • Take a step back in time and spend a night or two in the peaceful town of Suchitoto with its cobbled streets, pretty church and boutique hotels.
  • Go surfing!  El Salvador has some of the best surfing spots in the world.  
  • Hike in El Imposible National Park, home to more than 250 kinds of birds and mammals.
  • Visit neighbouring Honduras for a day and explore the splendid Mayan ruins of Copán.



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When to go

El Salvador is a year-round destination with a tropical climate throughout the year. The dry season runs from November to April when temperatures range between 28º and 35º C.  During the wet season, it can feel very hot and humid on the coast and rain tends to fall mainly in the afternoons so you still have plenty of clear skies and sunshine.  


Currency and money

US Dollar.  ATMs are easily available in larger towns. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere


Cuisine

Salvadoran cuisine has local and Spanish influences.  Traditional dishes include thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, meat and squash as well as empanadas filled with meat, potatoes and cheese.  Restaurants in San Salvador and other big cities offer a wide range of international cuisine as well as local dishes.


Hotels

El Salvador offers a good mix of international standard hotels in the cities as well as smaller locally owned guest houses and boutique hotels in the countryside and on the beach. 


Where to go next

We recommend combining El Salvador with a trip to Guatemala or Honduras.  For example, you can easily visit the Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras as a day trip from the colonial town of Suchitoto in El Salvador. The award-winning TACA Airlines offer a superb service and speedy, convenient connections within Central America and other South American countries.  A Star Alliance member, TACA’s main hub is in El Salvador and flight times are conveniently short within Central America and Mexico, making it easy to arrange a multi-destination itinerary.  


Links

Saspo’s partner office in El Salvador is Avitours.  For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations please see their website: www.avitours.com.sv

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com