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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.
Holidays El Salvador
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Places To Visit In El Salvador
Discover our guide to the most exciting, memorable and inspiring places to visit.
Gulf of Fonseca and Eastern El Salvador
Discover lush mangroves, tangled wetland forests and sparkling shores overlooked by volcanic hills.
Unwind on the soft white sandy bays and dark volcanic beaches of El Salvador’s Pacific coastline, punctuated with small fishing communities.
Ruta de las Flores
This extremely scenic route passes through the principal coffee-growing region, linking several quiet highland towns.
San Salvador is a large, dynamic city full of noise and movement.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Boat tour of Lake Suchitlan
Follow the Ruta de la Paz
Follow the Ruta de las Flores
Make a traditional Pupusa
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
El Salvador / Pacific Coast
Casa de Mar
El Salvador / Ruta de las Flores
El Salvador / Suchitoto
La Posada de Suchitlan
El Salvador / Suchitoto
Los Almendros de San Lorenzo
Where to go when - our guide to El Salvador
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.Read More View our El Salvador weather guide
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Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.