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Two Weeks in El Salvador

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Have two weeks to spare? El Salvador can keep you busy for all 14 days. With cultural, historical, and natural sites galore, no visitor to this small Central American country will find themselves bored. In fact, after exploring one of the country’s six national parks, visiting one of its numerous museums, and indulging in its delicious food (pupusas are a must!), don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to stick around a little bit longer.
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Bahía de Jiquilisco, El Salvador
Many Central American countries have coasts dotted with mangroves, a brackish ecosystem that is a sheltering habitat to numerous flora and fauna. Visitors can kayak through many of the mangrove systems, getting an eye-level view of the mangroves’...
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This museum, dedicated to the “rescue, investigation, preservation, and presentation” of El Salvador’s cultural and historical patrimony, with a particular emphasis on protecting the historical memory of the country’s indigenous communities. If...
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El Salvador’s civil war, fought between 1979 and 1992, looms large in the country’s consciousness, and the long-term effects of the conflict will be inescapably visible to visitors, who can learn much more about the history of the war at many...
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Cinquera, El Salvador
Bird watchers won’t want to miss Cinquera Rainforest Park, home to El Salvador’s national bird, the turquoise-browed motmot, as well as a number of other avian species. In addition, there are trails to hike and waterfalls to spot, and history to...
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Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador
Coatepeque is a crater lake, formed by a volcanic eruption five to six thousand years ago. Situated at the base of the Santa Ana volcano, Coatepeque enjoys all the attributes of most crater lakes: depth, intense blue color, and cleanliness....
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CA 1W, San Salvador, El Salvador
Like many Central American countries, textile weavings, pottery, and metalwork are among the traditional crafts produced by artisans in El Salvador. While it’s always fun to shop for these items in the country’s markets, it’s even more interesting...
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Calle Tazumal, Ilopango, El Salvador
Tazumal is one of several Maya sites in El Salvador, and one of its most impressive. Metal objects found here are believed to be the earliest such artifacts from Mesoamerica. Today, visitors can learn about and admire the intellectual, creative,...