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12 Reasons We Love El Salvador

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Ask most Americans what they know about El Salvador, and they probably couldn’t tell you much, if anything, about the country. Maybe they’d be able to tell you it’s in Central America, and perhaps, if they’re of a certain age, they’d have a vague recollection of a civil war, but that’s probably it. And that’s too bad: El Salvador may be small, but it’s full to bursting with natural, cultural, and historical attractions.
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CA 1W, San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador is under the radar for many Americans, meaning that it’s not overrun with tourists. Even travelers who pride themselves on their off-the-beaten-path bona fides tend to overlook El Salvador, which is a shame: between its beautiful...
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CA 1W, San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador has an annual calendar full of celebrations, from Semana Santa (Holy Week) to saints’ feast days and Independence Day, in mid-September. One of the most colorful and memorable is the country’s own iteration of Carnaval, billed as El...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
Seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is ideal, of course, but spotting elusive animals can be a challenge. See them instead in the country’s national zoo, home to nearly 120 species. Fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds are among the...
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CA 1W, San Salvador, El Salvador
Unlike some countries where the atrocities of a civil war have simply been swept under the rug, El Salvador does a lot to memorialize its hard history and help interpret it for a generation that didn’t live through it. For visitors with a...
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3a. Calle Ote. 2, Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador
They’re not as well-publicized as many of the country’s other attractions, but El Salvador’s hot springs could easily keep visitors occupied for a day. Less than an hour from San Salvador, visitors can find relaxing thermal springs on the edge of...
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Juayua, El Salvador
It’s not Latin America’s best-known coffee producing region, but El Salvador does indeed have a thriving coffee producing industry, and visitors can learn more about it on a guided tour with an outfitter like Suchitoto Adventure Outfitters. After...
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Located at the base of a volcano, the La Laguna Botanical Garden is home to spectacular specimens of native and exotic flora—more than 3,500 species of them, in fact. Among them are the maquilishuat, El Salvador’s national tree and izote (its...
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SV, El Salvador
Much of Central America is dotted with volcanoes, and visitors love exploring the volcanic landscapes, whether active, dormant, or extinct, and the topographical features, like crater lakes, that they occasionally create. One of El Salvador’s most...
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Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador
In terms of agriculture and staples, Central America may be relatively similar from country to country, but it’s how these items get used that distinguishes one country’s cuisine from another. In El Salvador, the staple of corn gets turned into...
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Alameda Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Salvador, El Salvador
Cuscatlán Park is everything an urban park should be: a place where one can find green oases for temporary respite, cultural institutions and activities (here, there’s the Tin Marín Children’s Museum), and historical markers that give clues and...
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#222, Calle La Reforma, San Salvador, El Salvador
Who’d have thought that a burgeoning craft beer scene would be brewing in Central America, much less in the region’s smallest country? And yet, here is Cadejo Brewing Company, the country’s first craft brewer, turning out reds, blondes, and...
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San Salvador, El Salvador
From the outside, it’s hard to imagine that the interior of Iglesia Rosario is anything special, but just wait; once you’re inside you may well agree with the numerous travel writers who have called this the most beautiful contemporary church in...