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Discover El Salvador
Often, when people think of El Salvador think of images of civil war, well that is an unfortunate part of El Salvador, but it is history and it's time for the rest of the world to discover the other side of El Salvador.

El Salvador is often overlooked as a tourist destination in Central America and this to an extent has favoured those who have discovered this great vacation destination - no overcrowded hotels, beaches or tourist attractions. With its great rugged beauty, it has the all the ingredients for a great vacation! And with daily flights scheduled from all major airports in the United States, you can be there in as little as 4–5 hours!

The beaches

From warm sandy beaches to rich culture, history and delicious food, it's all here. And because tourism is so new in El Salvador, the locals treat visitors more like friends than foreign tourists!

El Salvador boasts over 200 miles of Pacific coast line, so finding a beautiful beach is easy.

La Libertad: The beaches in the department of La Libertad are gaining reputation in the surfing world. Its consistent right point breaks and long barrels are a surfing paradise for surf lovers.

Los Cóbanos, located on the west side of El Salvador in the department of Sonsonate is great for diving and snorkeling. Los Cóbanos is a small fishing community but the rich eco system is so great that it has been declared El Salvador's first natural marine protected area! In this area, you can explore shipwreck and the only reef in the Americas pacific region.

Scuba diving tour companies in El Salvador also offer day/night diving tours to crater lakes, ok, I haven't tried this one myself, but I'm sure it would be great if you love the underwater.

Archaeological ruins

For those interested in history, a visit to one of the Mayan archaeological ruins would be the thing to do. One very significant site is Joya de Cerén, located in La Libertad. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It's been referred to as the Pompeii of the Americas because its level of preservation is comparable only to that of Pompeii.

Another important site is San Andrés, located only about 5 km from Joya de Cerén; believed to be occupied during the late classic period. Being in the department of La Libertad, you can choose to visit them in the morning and go surfing in the afternoon to the close by beaches.

Nature

Hiking, repelling, canopy tours are also a go in El Salvador. One of my favourite places to visit is El Boquerón National Crater Park. El Boquerón is the volcano located in San Salvador so hiking this area is a great adventure.

The estuary of Jaltepeque (in Costa del Sol) and the Jiquilisco bay in the department of Usulután enjoy a rich bio-diverse eco system. Kayaking through the estuary, bays and mangroves is an awesome experience, being able to spot Spider Monkeys and rare butterfly species, as well as many migratory birds - a great adventure!

There's so much to see and do in El Salvador, so come and explore El Salvador. Oh, and let's not forget the food, it is so good so try the delicious pupusas while you are there, you will not be disappointed!
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