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Gulf of Fonseca and Eastern El Salvador: Fact file

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When to go

The Gulf receives the majority of its abundant rainfall May-Nov; travel is more pleasant in the dry season Jun-Nov although rare hurricanes or tropical storms may occur at this time. The temperature along the coast hovers around 30°C all year, but it is cooler inland and in the mountains around Perquín (26°C).

Language

Spanish

Getting local currency

US dollar. The former local currency ( colon) was phased out in 2003. You can obtain US dollar cash or exchange travellers cheques locally in banks and money exchanges (casas de cambio) and may be able to obtain cash advances from a couple of ATMs in main towns and cities. You should authorise your bank first, and withdrawals may be limited. There are money changers at frontier crossings. Acquire your dollar bills before travelling to the region.

Time difference

Time difference:  GMT -6 hrs.

Getting there

There are land crossings from Honduras.  Access is possible by boat across the Gulf of Fonseca to La Unión from Potosí, Nicaragua (2hrs).

Combines with

 Ruta del las Flores, it’s a 4-5hr drive to Juayúa from Perquín.

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