San Salvador Travel Guide

  • Crater of el Boquerón
    Crater of el Boquerón
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  • Cocoa in the rich volcanic soil
    Cocoa in the rich volcanic soil
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    The main structure
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San Salvador Highlights

  • Pro
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     Hassle-free 

  • Con
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     Kidnappings in the area - be careful 

  • In a nutshell
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     My alma matter, what can I say but come and appreciate its beauties!!! 

San Salvador Things to Do

  • San Salvador

    San Salvador is the capital of the country and hosts more than 800,000 people. The city suffered from as well the many earthquakes as the civil war. Many monuments or historical valuable buildings are not any more. But the few wich are are well restored.

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  • El Salvador Tourist Office

    A great place to pick up current information about the city or country is the National Tourist Office.

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  • Ruins of San Andres

    Spanish name is "Museo Sitio Arqueologico de San Andres". Central America is La Ruta Maya ....the ancient Mayan Route through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatamala, Belize and Honduras. The route, and this incredibly fascinating region of wonderful tropical jungle, mysterious archeological sites, ancient ruins and rich Mayan...

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  • Ruins of Joya de Cerén

    The Maya inhabited western El Salvador well before the arrival of the Spanish, and although not as well known as Palenque, Mayapán, Copán, Tikal, or Chichén Itzá, many Mayan ruins have been uncovered in El Salvador, including huge limestone pyramids. The greatest period for the Maya was between 250 and 900 A.D. During this time, the Mayans...

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  • Club Atami

    Very peaceful place with hammocks underneath little huts. The view is overlooking a black sand beach (volcanic Beach). I think this is a private club. They have a pool, picnic areas, they will serve/sell you food.Approximately 15mins along the coast from La Libertad going toward Guatemala, is Club Atami set on a cliff-top overlooking two beaches....

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  • Lake Coatepeque

    Beautiful view. Our guide took us here and we ate at a little pupusa stand. I took a 7 hr tour for $70USD which included, San Andrés, Joya de Cerén, and Lago de Coatepeque. The guide spoke English very well. Salvador Tours provides other guided tours as well.

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San Salvador Hotels

San Salvador Restaurants

  • A Salvadorian buffet

    Extensive buffet of local dishes. They had numerous kinds of tamales, including sweet ones, pupusas, stews, yucca, an array of salads, 3 or 4 bean dishes, plantains as side dishes and desserts, fruit drinks, etc. I couldn't taste everything because there was too much of it. One of the staff that spoke English told us what everything was. It is a...

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  • Salvadoran buffet

    Restaurante Las Cofradias is a great place to try Cocina Típica (traditional Salvadoran cuisine). There is a delicious buffet for just $8. The soups and desserts are particularly good as are the home-made soft drinks. There are plenty of vegetarian options here, made from corn, yucca and plantain. The service is very friendly and helpful...

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  • A Pizza Hut like you have never seen!

    Why on earth would you travel to a country 4000 miles away and go to a Pizza Hut when there are so many great local cuisine restaurants to try? That was my thought when I went to this place 3 years ago. I have been there twice since and it has been great every time. When you pull into the parking lot you will first notice 2-3 armed and uniformed...

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San Salvador Nightlife

  • Republic - an Irish pub

    There are several bars at Gran Via. One of them is Republik, which is an Irish bar on the second floor. I visited the bar together with Nancy and Francisco. We had mojitos and they tasted very good. A mojito was 5 dollars (June 2009).

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  • La Gran Via

    La Gran Via in Santa Elena is a popular place in the evenings. Here you find lots of shops, restaurants, bars and cinemas. And there are also different events. When I visited there was an exhibition of old cars. It is a good place for people watching. La Gran Via is a new complex and has only been there for about two years. Since the opening of...

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  • Going out

    This is a new concept of mall in the outskirts of San Salvador, between San Salvador and Santa Tecla, during the day is a mall like any other but with lots of great restaurants (actually there isn´t a fast food food court) and you have a lot of choices of food. During the night itps becoming the new centre of the night life, it´s a secure place and...

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San Salvador Transportation

  • Bus service from San Salvador to...

    Both Ticabus and King Quality operate direct bus service from San Salvador to Guatemala City. They both have bus stations in the Zona Rosa and have daily departures. They take about 5 hours and cost around $25. King Quality is a little nicer and more expensive. Do a google search for their web sites and schedules.Robert BrozSuchitotoEl Salvador

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  • From the airport

    Nancy (VT-member conejita71) had come to the airport to pick me up, but as my plane was delayed in Miami for 1,5 hours she arranged with a taxi to take me to my hotel (Thank you Nancy!). I dint know anything of this so when I had cleared customs I went directly to the two taxi companies small offices just by the exit. These are safe taxis. Before I...

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  • From San Salvador to Barra de Santiago

    There is a bus leaving Sonsonate for Barra de Santiago at 10 and another one at 16.30. To be sure to be in time for the first bus I left the Hotel Happy House in San Salvador at 7.00. They had called for a taxi that took me to Terminal de Occidente. The price for the taxi was 6 dollars, but it was not very far.From Terminal de Occidente buses of...

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San Salvador Shopping

  • Not quite luxurious

    Multiplazas was one of the first rivals of MetroCentro, a shopping mall outside of the core that could rely on both its proximity to the upscale suburbs and the fame of the Zona Rosa as a shopping and entertainment area. Unfortunately, San Salvador's crime rate is ever-growing, and the opening of the Gran Villa complex, even farther from the core,...

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  • A Rundown Piece of Shopping History

    MetroCentro is a shopping complex that was built in the 1980s as a means of attracting people outside of the city centre during the Civil War and after, during the instability of the 1990s. Given that the violence and social unrest have gotten worse and spread through other parts of the city, MetroCentro has now fallen out of favour with...

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  • Shopping Malls

    There are several big, modern shopping malls in San Salvador. One of them is Metrocentro, which is situated at Boulevard de Los Héroes just a few blocks away from where I stayed. Here you can find hundreds of stores, restaurants, cinemas, beauty shops etc. Near the entrance there is a bank where I changed my 100-dollar bills (there are very few...

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San Salvador Local Customs

  • Local Fauna

    El Salvador, as a jungle country with a fair amount of open and undeveloped spaces, has a rich diversity of fauna. While there are numerous mammals that live in the jungles, one of the most common aspects of this fauna that visitors notice are the birds, which fly about the city of San Salvador and chatter away. Many of the birds congregate around...

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  • Salvadorean Art

    El Salvador is not a country that comes to mind when discussing Latin American art, but that does not mean that the country is entirely devoid of a cultural or arts scene. Rather, the hardships of the post-independence period, particularly the period of the civil war, have given impetus to many Salvadoreans to express themselves through plastic...

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  • Local Flora

    El Salvador as a whole is rich in flora, particularly in those fruit-giving plants that provide the northern hemisphere with much of its tropical fruit. When visiting more rural areas of the capital and also the countryside, it is not uncommon to see areas of coffee plantations, as well as cashews, mangos, ginger, cocoa, papaya and other fruit...

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San Salvador Warnings and Dangers

  • Vendedores ambulantes

    While El Salvador does have incredible natural beauty, it also happens to have an incredible level of unnatural crime. Some days, there can be as many as 15 or 20 murders in San Salvador. While the causes of gang violence are varied and often difficult to understand, one aspect of life in the capital that helps fuel the violence and social disorder...

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  • Dangerous Area in San Salvador

    The area around the Tica bus station where the Hotel San Carlos is located (10a Av Norte, 3a Calle Oriente and Calle Concepcion) is very dangerous according to the locals. Violent street crimes occur. Avoid walking alone in that area even in the day-time. Absolutely do not go there alone after dark. If you do need to go to the Tica bus station,...

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  • San Salvador Hotels

    28 Hotels in San Salvador

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San Salvador Tourist Traps

  • by MarcG Written Sep 8, 2002

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    You won't find the usual tourist traps here, in fact I don't think there are many!! Salvadoreans are very friendly people and since this place has been off the tourist maps for so long, they'll go out of their way to make sure the tourists are well treated.

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San Salvador What to Pack

  • by MarcG Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: San Salvador is a warm city all year. If travelling during the rainy season a rain coat or rain poncho may come in handy. Sometimes it may get a little cool at night especially in the mountains, but a light jacket or light sweater should be enough.

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San Salvador Off The Beaten Path

  • Torre Futura

    Torre Futura is one of the newest constructions in San Salvador and is intended to highlight the city’s appeal as a business destination. The Tower, built across from what is now the Crown Plaza, is a glass and steel construction that looks more like something from Panama than San Salvador. While it does have office space, there is also a secure...

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  • Santa Tecla

    At one point, San Salvador was a small city around which there were numerous other towns and municipalities. One of these was Santa Tecla, a quaint, quiet town to the west of historic San Salvador. Since the end of the Civil War and the massive increase in construction, the city of San Salvador has engulfed many of the surrounding urban centres and...

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  • Parque José María San Martín

    Parque José María San Martín lies at the heart of Santa Tecla. At one end of the park is a makeshift market that is, by far, much safer than the markets in the centre of San Salvador. The park also has great views of the surrounding hills and greenery, complimented by the central monument that grants it that feeling of being a quaint, provincial...

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San Salvador Favorites

  • When to visit...Part II

    The big holidays in San Salvador are Christmas which actually begins with the celebration of the Virgen de Guadeloupe on December 12..Celebration runs on into the middle of January. Hotel rates usually escalate about 50% during that time. Easter week is a big celebration too. The first week in August is celebrate around the day of August 6, patron...

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  • When to Visit

    So when is the best time to visit? The rainy season is May to October, rates on hotels are generally lower, its cooler at night, the beaches are less crowded but you get heavy rain for an hour or so everyday in the afternoon or evening. During the dry season, of course, no rain but it very hot especially at night and dusty. Last time I was in El...

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  • Capital of El Salvador

    San Salvador is the second largest metropolitan city in Central America....population of about 2 million. It was founded in 1525 by Pedro de Alvarado and has been the capital since 1839.

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