Vacation In El Salvador

Vacation In El Salvador is one of the best options for couples and families looking for a fun, relaxing and enjoyable time during their vacations. Its varied geography, climate and history make it one of the best destinations in Central America. If you’re ready to go out of your comfort zone and enjoy a wonderful vacation, then choose Vacation In El Salvador. We have amazing packages waiting for you!

For years people have only been able to experience El Salvador through the media and other first hand observations, they’ve heard of it but they haven’t seen it. Now, you’re in a position where you can provide yourself and your family the true country experience. Before getting into specifics about vacations in El Salavador it’s important to first understand the geography and demographics. For example El Salvador has 16 different land regions making up a total land area of 21,041 square miles.

There are many tourists that go to Central America for vacation. If you have never been to El Salvador, but have a desire to travel there, then this article will be of interest. I will be going over what can be done on your trip, things to see and do, and more.

Vacation In El Salvador

If you have ever thought of traveling to El Salvador, this article is a must read. I organized a few of my friends and we traveled to El Salvador for a week-long vacation and it was an unforgettable experience. We had lots of fun and made several friends which we still keep in touch with to this day.

How to See El Salvador Like an Insider

El Salvador
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The first thing you notice about Rafael Hernandez is his smile. Bright, youthful, and beaming, it’s a toothy grin you’d think belonged to a child. But now in his late 40s, Hernandez is anything but a babe in the woods.

El Salvador, Cinquera Forest Guide, Rafael Hernandez
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As the head park ranger at the Cinquera Forest, located in the Northeast corner of El Salvador, Hernandez takes his job seriously. And really, you can’t blame him. He spent the better part of a decade protecting the rugged landscape and the people hiding in it from total destruction during the country’s gruesome civil war.

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In Cinquera, on a day with air so thick you could cut it with a knife, Hernandez walked our small group through the national park. Along the way, he named nearly every bug, plant, and animal, and even warmly greeted the stray puppy who apparently frequents the trail. He was so connected to each leaf you’d swear they were saying “hello” back.

At the top of the trail, Hernandez stopped to tell us his life story. In deliberate and frank terms he explained how he and a few dozen other guerilla fighters lived in this very forest during the war. Here, they shot down helicopters, fought off government-led insurgents, and ensured the safety of the people. He even lifted a pant leg to show off the shrapnel scars to prove it.

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After a decade of fighting, the war ended. But Hernandez knew the fight for his nation’s wellbeing had only just begun. So, it was then that he transitioned from fighter to lover in an attempt to care for the rich landscape we stood on as — of all things — an official government worker.

“Then, I’d die for the people,” Hernandez said of his time as a guerilla in the civil war. “Now, I’d die for the land.”

Hernandez is just one man, but he’s the perfect representation of why you should be visiting El Salvador right now too.

Nestled under Guatemala, sandwiched by Honduras and the Pacific Ocean, the tiny nation might just be Central America’s best-kept secret.

With just 8,124 square miles of space and a mere 6 million citizens, El Salvador is surely tiny, which is how it got its nickname of El Pulgarcito de Centroamérica or “The Thumbelina of Central America.” It’s a nation rich with history, experiences, and beauty. Of course, it’s also one also brimming with controversy and a whole lot of misunderstanding.

Right now, El Salvador comes with a level 3 travel warning by the U.S. government that reads: “Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread.”

The U.S. Department of State didn’t give El Salvador a 4, which means don’t go. Instead, it warned travelers to be aware of their surroundings, which is sage advice for traveling to just about anywhere. It is important, however, to find the right people to guide you.

If you can work up the gumption to see a new place, want to engage with a population of people like Hernandez who are more than ready to show you a side of a country that doesn’t make it into the headlines, and are willing to take safety precautions, El Salvador is for you. Here’s where to go, what to see, and how you can take a hike with Hernandez too.

Invest in a guide.

This point cannot be stressed enough: Get a guide, get a guide, get a guide. (Did I mention you should get a guide?) Though beautiful, there are still plenty of places visitors should avoid. And that’s where a trusty local comes into play.

On our trip through the nation, we happened to have one of the best guides on the market: Benjamin Rivera, a tour guide with Salvadorean Tours. On the tour, Rivera arranged our every move from hotel to hotel, lunch place to dinner, and helped translate every word we couldn’t. Hire him, or someone like him, to do the same for you.

Get ready to buy a lot of art.

El Salvador
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Like the other Central American countries surrounding it, El Salvador has long been home to artistic talent.

For a prime example, pay a visit to Arbol de Dios, the gallery and art shop of the renowned Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort. Llort, who died in August of 2018, is perhaps one of the nation’s most important and prolific artists. In 1985, he founded his art house as a way to showcase the culture of his beloved El Salvador. Inside, visitors can learn and pay homage to the man and even take part in a small tile painting workshop.

Try all the delicious food.

El Salvador
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If you’ve ever tasted Latin food, then you have a sense of what you’re in for. But, El Salvador is also home one culinary treat so divine you could (and probably will) eat it for every meal: pupusas.

Pupusas, considered the national dish of El Salvador, are thick corn tortillas stuffed with smashed beans, cheese, or pork, or some combination thereof. They are then served alongside a tomato sauce and cabbage and vinegar garnish.

While you can get your hands on pupusas on just about every corner, there’s perhaps no better place to indulge than Casa 1800, a boutique hotel and restaurant located in Suchitoto, the “Cradle of History and Culture,” in El Salvador.

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