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Some people thrive on knowing little-known facts. Others get a thrill out of traveling to faraway places to experience the local culture and lifestyle. And then there are those who love to incorporate both of those and learn all about the places they travel to while experiencing all the destinations have to offer – from food to historical icons to natural wonders to festivals. Well, fire up your luggage and get out your trivia board game because here come seven interesting facts about El Salvador.
Why the Football War between El Salvador and Honduras?
Due to existing tensions, rioting during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier coincided with war between El Salvador and Honduras. Though El Salvador’s soccer team has attended the world championship event on a couple of occasions, they have yet to win the title. The first time they participated in the event was back in 1970 and again in 1982.
Corn, Corn, and more Corn
The national cuisine in El Salvador consists largely of the ingredient, corn. Some of the more popular, local food items using corn as an ingredient are as follows: quesadilla, semita, pavo salvadoreno, atol de elote, corn porridge, corn, tortillas, tamales, and pupusa which is a thick, cornflower that is handmade and stuffed with refried beans, chicharron, and cheese. Other exports include coffee beans, beer, shrimp, tobacco products, soap, chemicals, sugar, clothing, and textiles.
El Salvador is also referred to as “Land of the Volcanoes”. It is built on a 2000 foot high volcanic plateau, and there are some 20 volcanoes in the area. Chaparrastique (or San Miguel) and Izalco are the most active volcanoes, the youngest of the country’s volcanoes being the latter. The absolute highest point in the country is a remarkable 8,957 feet up.
Though 50°F is the average temperature in Honduras, it is enjoyed by untold numbers of surfing fans. In addition to hosting numerous yearly competitive surfing events every year, the waves here are highly sought after. El Salvador is an extremely well-known and desirable destination for surfers who travel from around the world. April and March are the best times of the year to catch the gnarliest surf. Grab your stick and catch a wave!
Earthquakes And Hurricanes
Hurricane Mitch, back in 1998, devastated El Salvador. Some 200 individuals died, and more than 30,000 people were left homeless. Not to be predictable, Mother Nature struck again years later. Even more devastating, in 2001, on January 13, a 7.6 earthquake (the largest of the region) shook El Salvador to its core.
Seasons in the Sun… And Rain
El Salvador has only two seasons. Beginning in November and ending in April is the dry season. Starting in May and running through October is El Salvador’s rainy season. That’s it.
El Salvador’s National Flag
Three horizontal stripes, two blue and one white stripe in the middle, make up the national flag of El Salvador. The year 1821 is inscribed in the coat of arms at the center of the flag – this is the year of El Salvador’s independence. Peace is represented by the white stripe and unity is represented by the blue stripes
The colon, El Salvador’s official currency before 2001, has given way to the United States dollar. And if you are visiting El Salvador and find yourself in need of a few American dollars, have your friends back in the states send you money through Sharemoney. You can pick it up at your nearest El Salvador cash pickup location and be on your way to discovering more fun and fascinating facts about the country of El Salvador.
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