Nestled on the Pacific Coast between Guatemala and Honduras, El Salvador is the smallest of Central American countries and roughly the size of Wales. While it might be principally remembered for its harrowing civil war in the 1980s, today it is becoming an unusual and rewarding country to visit with well-maintained roads, beautiful volcanic scenery and the onset of some excellent properties.
El Salvador is known as the país de la media hora – the half-an-hour country – as everything is close. You can spend the morning enjoying the flora and fauna of El Imposible and have a shrimp ceviche on the beach for lunch. Best of all, you will only encounter a handful of tourists. El Salvador combines well with Honduras and is an interesting extension to a trip to Central America.
With its rapidly growing economy, concerted efforts are being made to expand the tourism industry within El Salvador, but the delayed approach allows visitors the luxury of enjoying towering volcanoes, pristine forests, delightful colonial cities and expansive beaches without the crowds. Coffee has been the principal export since the mid 19th century and traditional haciendas still dot the countryside.
John and Kate are our best-travelled Central American experts and love this small little-visited gem of a country.
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15 hours from UK(via Houston or Miami)
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17 days from £3,295pp
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