With the years El Salvador Tourism has been improving, thanks to the efforts of the government to keep the country stable and in constant progress.
The Republica de El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America with shores only to the Pacific Ocean it is bordered by Honduras on the east and Guatemala on the north. Its easternmost region is across the Gulf of Fonseca from Nicaragua.
The population is about 6 million composed of mixed biracial Native American-Spanish and white Caucasians. The Colon was its official currency until 2001 when the government adopted the US Dollar as its legal currency. It is ranked number three in Central America behind Costa Rica and Panama. The capital is San Salvador.
The picturesque San Salvador Capital of El Salvador
Shopping in San Salvador
This capital is famous for its modern shopping malls, boasting more than any city in Central America. Some of the malls include the Multiplaza Mall, Galerias, Metrocentro, Moma Linsa, Ka Gran Via and El Paseo. If you are looking for handicraft good from local artisans go to the Mercado de Artesanias near the Zona Rosa. The marketplace of Ilopango is also great for that same purpose.
Nightlife in San Salvador
The right place to be for great nightlife is la Zona Rosa or Pink Zone. There are many upscale restaurants and bars. Please make sure you take a taxi back to the hotel at night.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Savior is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador and the seat of the Archbishop of San Salvador. The church was twice visited by Pope John Paul II who said that the cathedral was "intimately allied with the joys and hopes of the Salvadoran people. During his visits in 1983 and 1996, the Pope knelt and prayed before the Tomb of Archbishop Óscar Romero, assassinated in 1980, whose tomb here is a major pilgrim draw.
San Salvador Museums and Historic Attractions
Among the best San Salvador museums are the David J Guzman National Museum of Anthropology, the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen meaning the Word and the Image Museum; and the Museo de Arte Marte. Any cultural trip through San Salvador must also include a series of San Salvador National sites like the National Theater, the National Palace, and the National Cathedral.
The crater of dormant Quetzaltepec volcano
This San Salvador Volcano is located northwest of the city. Actually, the western section of the capital is located on its slopes. Any volcano activity is felt in the city and sometime it can be destructive. But despite all this the volcano is an icon in San Slvador with many TV and radio antennas located on the El Picacho peaks and the crater of El Boquerón. At its highest peak it reaches almost 2,000-meter altitude.
Apaneca Canopy Tour
This is a zip tour over the tropical forest of Apaneca. Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the forest as you descend on the zip line. You will see toucans, eagles, squirrels and others in the beauty of majestic pines, grand oaks and many more century old trees. At the end you’ll “fly” over coffee plantations. The aroma will stay with you for a while.
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The turquoise waters of Lake Coatepeque in El Salvador
This is a large crater lake in the town of Coatepeque in the municipality of Santa Ana, El Salvador’s second largest city. There are a few hot springs near the lake margin. It is one of the largest lakes of El Salvador and one of the most beautiful. The island of Teopan sits in the middle of the lake.
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site
This is a World Heritage Site. It is a pre-Columbian Mayan farming village buried during a volcanic eruption around 600 AD. It has been preserved almost intact and has been nicknamed the “Pompeii of the Americas”. The name means Jewels of the Ceren and archaeologists think is was occupied from the 900s BC.
Devil's Door or La Puerta del Diablo in El Salvador
La Puerta del Diablo is one of the landmarks of the country just outside the capital. It offers a panoramic view of half of El Salvador from atop its peak. Its original name was Cerro El Chulo formerly one big rock. Legend says that after a storm in 1762, the mountain collapsed into three rocks. This is a with great significance to the Mayan Pipil people, it was a sacred site used for sacrifice rituals.
Mirador de la Giralda
The magic of this site will catch you and you will want to come back. It is only 30 minutes from the capital in the area of Comasagua. Here you may enjoy a great meal on a Sunday afternoon with breathtaking views of the country.
Tazamul Ruins, Chalchuapa
This is a well preserved archaeological site with Mayan tombs dating back to 1200 BC. Many artifacts have been found like jade jewelry. The site offers a few pyramids like structures.
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Old Town, Suchitoto
This is a popular holiday spot in El Salvador featuring many places of cultural interst. Some of the important places to visit here are the Suchitoto Church and the Suchitlan lake.
Municipal Palace of Santa Ana in El Salvador
Santa Ana is the second largest city of the country and lies not far away from the Guatemalan border. The wonderful theatre in the center of the city was originally completed in 1910 and is now one of the finest theatres of Central America.
Parque Nacional El Imposible in El Salvador
This is tropical forest that was named for the dangerous gorge which uses to claim many lives of farmers transporting packs of coffee to the Pacific Port. It seats in the Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountain Range between 300 and 1500 meter of altitude. It includes eight rivers that feed the mangrove areas along the coast.
The name means River of the Purple Orchids in Nahuatl language. As a town it was founded in 1577. It is worth a visit to relax in the central plaza.
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El Salvador Flag Description
The flag of El Salvador, first adopted on September 4, 1908. , has three horizontal stripes. The blue stripes of the flag represent the two oceans that border Central America, the Atlantic and the Pacific. The central white stripe symbolizes peace.
At the center of the flag is El Salvador coat of arms. Encircling are the words República de el Salvador en la América Central which means Republic of El Salvador in Central America. The five volcanoes represent the five states of the United Provinces of Central America.
Map of El Salvador and the neighboring countries
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cathedral by guanaco
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suchitoto by guanaco
imposible by elmer guevara
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