If you are looking to escape to a destination that offers stunning natural beauty, authentic culture, warm friendly people, inquisitive children, colonial villages, artisan towns, towering volcanoes, horseback riding through coffee plantations, exploring forests filled with wildlife, alluring beaches, amazing surfing, deep sea fishing, witnessing baby sea turtles hatch and scurry to the sea, and enjoying delicious foods, then allow us to introduce you to El Salvador!
San Salvador, the nation’s capital is an incredibly modern city with a sophisticated feel and a strong bustling economy for such a small country. San Salvador offers travelers a great cultural experience with museums, galleries, fabulous restaurants, shopping and a sizzling nightlife. If big cities are not your thing then check out the village of Suchitoto and discover why most travelers say that your journey to El Salvador is not complete without a visit to Suchitoto. In the past Suchitoto was El Salvador’s most important city during the indigo boom as it exported the world’s highest quality of indigo that was used to dye clothes, blue jeans and other textiles. Today Suchitoto still plays an important role in the world’s indigo market, however the town has taken on a bohemian feel as artists have transformed and restored the town back to it’s original glory. Stop by a factory and enjoy the opportunity to work side by side with a local dye master as you create your own unique textile. If you’re wanting more art and culture, then visit Ruta de las Flores (Flower Route), where you can explore a series of five colorful artisan towns that are bursting with culture and well known for their many festivals. On weekends, the town’s squares come to life with craft and food fairs. Speaking of food, when planning a trip to El Salvador you will have to remember to pack your appetite. El Salvador has some of the best food that you will find throughout Latin America. Make sure you try the famous Papusa! This round corn tortilla is filled with a variety of meats, cheese, spices, tangy cabbage and a red salsa. You will not be able to get enough of them. In fact you will probably start searching for the nearest El Salvadoran restaurant as soon as you return back home!
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For all you adventure seekers, El Salvador offers something for everyone. Hike to the top of one of the 22 named volcanos and peer down into its crater, surf some of the best breaks in Central America, rappel down waterfalls, zip line through the forest, explore monkey sanctuaries, pick your own coffee beans, study sea turtles with marine biologists, fish for that legend that you’re going to exaggerate to your friends back home, and take advantage of endless diving and snorkeling opportunities. If relaxation is more your speed, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to put a towel down, finish that book and work on your tan.
El Salvador is a destination that surprises most travelers with all that it has to offer, but it’s the El Salvadoran people that win your heart. We encourage you to get there soon, before the secret is out!