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El Salvador is a unique travel destination that has managed to stay off the radar of most travelers. Now is your chance to break that spell and pay this small country a visit! If you have always wanted to visit destinations that have remained relatively untainted by tourism, El Savador should be high up on your bucket list.

Playa El Tunco

Playa El Tunco El Salvador.Known as a little surf village, Playa El Tunco is more than meets the eye. In fact, it is one of El Salvador’s most popular tourist attractions. Playa El Tunco is just less than 23 miles away from San Salvador and sits along the country’s rocky coast. The village is also remembered for its great food as well as a bunch of quaint little hotels, hostels and bars. If you are planning a short getaway with some travel companions, you can never go wrong by choosing a location that attracts many surfers all year around as your preferred travel destination!

Metropolitan Cathedral of El Salvador

El Salvador's Metropolitan CathedralThe Metropolitan Cathedral is situated in the center of downtown San Salvador. Being in an area that is often referred to as Centro, the cathedral faces the Civic Square, and is accompanied by two impressive buildings, which are the National Theater (seen on its left) and the National Palace (seen on its right). Here is a fun fact that worth knowing; the Metropolitan Cathedral currently stands on the site of an earlier church that was damaged by fire. In addition, its inauguration in March 1999 gave it the honor of being the last cathedral in the 20th century to be blessed.


El Savador's SuchitotoLocated to the northeast of San Salvador, Suchitoto amazingly possess all its colonial charm from the past. This charm is also known as the charm of Antigua in Guatemala. If you are an avid photographer and looking for ways to add to your photo collections of your travel adventures, the colonial church is a fantastic point to start taking pictures as it overlooks the Central Square. Suchitoto is also a popular weekend destination for Salvadorans and it’s easy to see why.

When you arrive here, you will notice a good array of art galleries and handicraft shops as well as a bustling weekend artisan market. If you are planning to explore the surrounding countryside, it’s a good idea to base yourself here for a few days. A great place to stay is Los Almendros. It is an exquisite boutique hotel and is only a few minutes’ walk from the main square! Need more recommendations? No problem! Consider visiting Lake Suchitlan and get on a boat ride that is available from the Puerto San Juan Tourism Center.

Lake Coatepeque

El Savador's Lake CoatepequeLake Coatepeque is one of the largest lakes in El Salvador that was formed during a series of major volcanic eruptions tens of thousands of years ago. The lake is close to four miles wide. Now that’s what you call an impressive crater lake! In addition, the lake is just an hour’s drive from the capital, San Salvador. Lake Coatepeque is also a popular weekend retreat for wealthy city dwellers and this is noticeable with private properties lining up along most of the lake front. Apart from their impeccable locations, these are no ordinary houses as they have been passed down from generation to generation. If you are lucky enough to know someone who owns a piece of property here, you should definitely rent it as your accommodation.

Parque National Cerro Verde

El Savador's Parque National Cerro VerdeIf you pay close attention to El Salvador’s landscape, you will notice that volcanoes are a prominent feature. Situated in the western part of San Salvador, the Parque National Cerro Verde offers breathtaking views over the Santa Ana and Izalco volcanoes as well as the waters of the Lago de Coatepeque. If you have the urge to hike in the neighboring volcanic range, be sure to make Ruta de las Flores as your base – it’s highly recommended that you do so.

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