Overview

El Salvador is a pocket-sized country of wild beauty. Volcanic in more ways than one, it has emerged from a period of civil strife with a strengthening economy. Mindful of its tourism potential the authorities have renovated the historic centre of San Salvador and opened up national parks to visitors. Overall the country is refreshingly natural, with a bucolic rhythm to its lifestyle and some of the friendliest people in Latin America.

While farming has undeniably made its mark on the countryside, El Salvador has some unforgettable landscapes. The tropical forest of El Imposible National Park is cut through with hiking trails. The winding Ruta de las Flores splices the country’s beautiful coffee heartland dotted with highland villages.

There are spruced-up colonial towns, such as of Suchitoto with its cobbled streets and thriving arts scene, and Joya de Cerén – a pre-Columbian village remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash. Beaches are undeveloped: Punta Roca is a popular destination for surfers. In the east, the rucked hills around Perquín, the guerrilla movement’s base in the civil war, are now a haven of serenity.

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The weather in El Salvador is wide and varied

Compact and bijoux El Salvador is a place of wild beauty. Having emerged from a period of unrest, the locals are some of the most friendly and welcoming in Latin America and you will find colourful restored colonial towns, surfing beaches, national parks and coffee plantations. As with much of this region El Salvador has a typical tropical climate with high temperatures all year round at low altitudes. In general, the best time to visit is during the drier months of November-February – it gets very hot thereafter. May-October has short tropical showers – it is cooler, but some of the back roads may be impassable and there’s a risk of tropical storms from September-November.

During Holy Week (Easter) there are celebrations throughout the country with lively processions. In February the pretty colonial town of Suchitoto hosts a world-class arts and culture festival with music and dance groups. From May to October you can see the nesting Easter Pacific hawksbill turtles and from October to January you will find Leatherback turtles along the Pacific coast.

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