El Salvador
El Salvador is a Central American country bordered by Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Like all of these countries, El Salvador spent the latter part of the 20th century embroiled in a devastating civil war, the effects of which are still seen and felt today. Despite the proximity of the past and the reports of (mostly gang-related) violence, El Salvador offers many gifts to the intrepid traveler who’s motivated to challenge dominant perceptions. Among these gifts are stunning beach, mountain, and jungle landscapes, friendly people, delicious food, and numerous sites where you can learn about Salvadoran art, culture, and history.