The little colonial town of Suchitoto is just as sweet as the names sounds. Lovely colonial buildings, a buzzing arts scene, friendly locals and lovely hotels make this place the perfect spot from which to explore the country.
Saskia, Original Traveller
Sitting between Guatemala and Honduras on Central America's western coast, El Salvador is the region's smallest and least visited country. Ravaged by civil war throughout the 1980s, El Salvador fared little better during the 90s, when a spate of gang violence gripped the country. However despite its unfortunate recent history, El Salvador is slowly gaining tourists' trust, and rightly so. Like Guatemala, El Salvador encompasses the best of Central America in a compact area. From towering volcanoes and rugged mountains to lush lowlands and superb surfing beaches, El Salvador's natural beauty is criminally underrated.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Even the most hardy Latinphiles are unlikely to have been to El Salvador, even though it boasts pristine lakes, volcanoes and cloudforest which easily rival it's more well known neighbours and are virtually untouched
- Surfers can enjoy some of the best point breaks in the world along the Pacific Coast
- This tiny little country can easily be visited in just a couple of days, so if you're in the area and a looking for a way to do something that little bit different, there isn't really any excuse not to...
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Tailor Made Travel to El Salvador: the Detail
El Salvador's small size means transfer times are short, making it easy to see the country's top attractions. The stunning coastal town of Barra de Santiago set on a peninsula in the north east, is little known to tourists but well worth a visit to enjoy a delightfully empty beach and a variety of water sports available on the estuary. If you're looking to make the most of some of the world's best and least known surf spots, head to La Libertad, a rustic fishing town where experts can be seen taking on the world-famous Punta Roca surf break in the early mornings and evenings.
Inland, Parque Nacional Los Volcanes, El Salvador's national treasure, is a major bird sanctuary which also offers great guided climbing on one of three volcanoes or hiking along an extensive network of trails. An hour away, the Ruta de las Flores takes you to the heart of the country's coffee region where a tour of a plantation is a must, and the friendly locals are sure to give you a warm welcome as you wander through the brightly painted colonial villages and pick up some authentic arts and crafts.
Some of the country's finest examples of colonial architecture, as well as excellent restaurants and bars, line cobblestone streets in Suchitoto, El Salvador's answer to Antigua before the tourists arrived. This quaint town is especially worth visiting in February when it plays host to a world renowned arts and culture festival.
Did you know
- El Salvador is known as the 'Land of Volcanoes' because it has more than 20, with two of them currently active
- Salvadorans are known as 'guanacos'
- The national dish of the country is 'pupusa', a tortilla stuffed with cheese, refried beans, loroco and chicharron
- It is the smallest country in Central America and the only one without a Caribbean coastline