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Things To Do When You Visit El Salvador

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 7:20 AM

By Jonathan Williams

El Salvador is a Central American country along the Pacific Ocean and between Guatemala and Honduras. It is the smallest country in continental America and is fondly called “Tom Thumb” of the Americas. The country’s main tourist attraction is its beautiful beaches for surfing and swimming, but there are also great archeological sites to visit and lots of other exciting things you can do when you are in El Salvador.


1.) Ilopango. Ilopango markets are located east of the city of San Salvador. Here you can explore the market and buy local arts, crafts and unique handmade goods. You can also test your bargaining skills with the local merchants of these markets.


2.) Los Planes de Renderos. About a hundred meters above sea level, Los Planes de Renderos is a mountain that offers a spectacular view of the city San Salvador. It is a popular place to visit for both locals and foreigners seeking for a relaxing time. There are a lot of walking and picnic parks, too, and restaurants in the area.


3.) La Libertad. La Libertad surf beaches is one of the best surfing beaches in the whole Central American region. It is also among the world’s top ten. A lot of surfers from around the globe visit the country all year round to join in El Salvador’s surfing activities.


4.) Archeological tours. Joya de Ceren is one of the most interesting archeological places in El Salvador where one can still witness the everyday life of Mayans. Here, you can also see the ceremonial site of San Andres with an acropolis, three main structures and six sub structures. The Chalchuapa is also an important archeological site where you will find the pyramids Tazumal - such name means “where the victims were burned” - and the private archeological site Casa Blanca.


5.) Volcano Tours. There are a lot of volcanoes in El Salvador and several of them are open for hiking. They are the Ilamatepec (2365 meters), the Tehutepec (2050 meters), the Izalco (1910 meters) and the Quetzaltepec (1960 meters) among others. Guides are available to assist and tour visitors through hiking these El Salvadorian volcanoes.


6.) Montecristo. Montecristo is a rainforest. It is the most important and most protected rainforest in El Salvador. Montecristo has a diverse fauna and flora that will captivate visitors. It is truly an ultimate ecotourism adventure: one that should be included in your itinerary.


7.) Alegria Lagoon. This beautiful emerald green lagoon is located inside the crater of Tecapa Volcano. Near the lagoon is the town of Alegria whose natives come from Pipil descendants. There is a local chieftain in Alegria who willingly shares the town’s legend to visitors.


8.) Diving spots. Lots of diving sites are present in El Salvador. Tour guides recommend which spots are best depending on your diving skill level. You can bring your own equipment or rent from its diving resorts.


9.) Fishing excursions. Several resorts offer fishing services in El Salvador. Tuna fish, Blue Marlin and Mackerel are just a few of the many species found underneath its seawaters. You can also do some bottom fishing to catch Snappers, Blue Crevally, and Scribbled Filefish.


10.) Swimming. Obviously, the are a lot of beach resorts in El Salvador for swimming. One of the most beautiful beaches in the country is Costa del Sol known for its white sand beach, excellent hotel resorts and restaurants.


About The Author

Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit to view or share El Salvador travel videos. Photos (c) Guillermogg,


Categories: Central America

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