El Salvador is considered one of the main countries with most activity and history in Central America, a fascinating region in the Americas. From San Salvador, the capital city of the country, to Ahuachapan and Santa Ana, El Salvador is a place of friendly people and beauty, where there are several historical and natural wonders.
You may think that El Salvador ( it is called sometimes “the Switzerland of the Americas or “the country with a smile”) is one of the largest nations in Latin America, but that isn’t true. It is smaller than New Hampshire. However, in many aspects, it is unique in the Americas. ES, for example, has more rivers per square mile than many European nations and American states. Here you can also see 200 kinds of orchids!
Despite its size, El Salvador has several wildlife sanctuaries. The Central American nation, for example, has six national parks for the practice of ecotourism: The Impossible National Park, the Cerro Verde National Park ( here you’ll find 17 different types of hummingbirds), the Deininger National Park, the Nancuchimane National Park, The Laguna del Jocotal National Park and El Bosque Nebuloso de Montecristo.
Certainly each place is better than the other, and each one is a national symbol of El Salvador. Places like the Campana San Andres Pyramids, The Panchimalco Village, La Costa del Sol, The Ruins of Tazumal, The Cerro Verde National Park and Lake Ilopango ( the country’s largest freshwater lake ) are just a few of them. In addition to this, here there’s one of the latest archaeological discoveries in world: The Joya of Ceren, one of the wonders of the Americas and the most visible physical legacy of the civilization Mayan on El Salvador.
This country has got the lot : from exotic restaurants, luxury hotels, notable museums, and churches to statues and clubs.
El Salvador is one of Latin America’s most stable and peaceful nations. This Central American nation is a democratic country since 1984. Because of this, ES is destination of choice for tourists and business travellers alike.
Since the 1990s El Salvador became one of the major trading destinations in Central America, particularly for tourists from the United States and Europe. The national government used much of the country’s economic resources to help make one of Latin America’s popular tourist centers.
Dazzling San Salvador
The growth of San Salvador as a tourist destination came in the 1970s when it hosted two international events. El Salvador, a Hispanic nation since 1821, made the world headlines when San Salvador provided the setting for the 1975 Miss Universe pageant. This telecast attracted one of the largest audiences in television in America in 1975, and given ES a huge boost in marketing itself to the world. Before that year, only five other cities did it — Long Beach ( California, US ), Miami ( Florida, US ), Athens ( Greece ) and Manila ( Philippines ).
Thanks to its friendly atmosphere, exotic wonders and rich history, San Salvador was chosen as host city of Miss Universe 1975. SS was elected on the basis of the detailed report and presentation made by the MUO’s Evaluation Commission for the 1975 Miss Universe Pageant. Months later, San Salvador ‘s beauty contest success inspired the Mexican government to submit an official bid to the Miss Universe Organization to host the 1978 Miss Universe.
In 1977, another important landmark was passed when SS hosted the Softball World Championships. Other memorable event were the Central American Games. Certainly San Salvador possesses recognized know-how in organizing international events. During these international events, many people had the chance to enjoy the Salvadoran hospitality, the rich history and the charm of the capital.
In 1975 Ernest Borgnine, who went on to win one Oscar and to appear in huge Hollywood films like “Marty ” ( 1955 ), “McHale’s Navy” ( 1962 ), “All Quiet on the Western Front” ( 1979 ) and “All Dogs Go to Heaven : The Series” (1999), visited San Salvador. But Borgnine isn’t the only American star who visited this city. Top entertainers (from every field of music and cinematography, Broadway-caliber plays, culture, etc) and star athletes have visited San Salvador, including Marcel Marceau ( mime artist ), Sarah Vaughan ( singer ), Jean-Claude Killy ( 1968 Olympic champ ), Shakira ( Colombia’s singer ), Susan Strasberg ( actress ), and Leon Uris ( author ).
Indeed San Salvador is one of the loveliest places in Latin America. It is home to some of the best hotels, restaurants, discos, and famous sports venues. In addition to offering excellent dinning and nightlife, SS is a city of art and culture.
San Salvador, the biggest city in the nation, is a very lively city with rich history, traditions and culture, where you can find some of the best museums and galleries in Central America.
The David J. Guzman National Museum, for example, presents archeological evidence of the various cultures in the country (From Pokamanes, Lencas, to Chortis and Pipiles). The splendor of ancient El Salvador! The collection includes many world-class sculptures: The legendary Gran Estela de Tazumal, the Chac-Mool, the Casa Blanca, the Disco Solar de Cara Sucia, the Xipe Toteo (one of the most extensive in Central America). This museum was founded by the president Rafael Zaldivar in 1883.
There are several markets in El Salvador. In these markets you can buy almost anything. Because of this, several tourists visit the markets. From six in the morning to midday, every day, Salvadorans, for example, sell fresh fish, lines, herbs, candy, towel and tropical fruit. As well as shoes, shirts and souvenirs, you can buy coffee, shrimps and popusas (the most famous local food /corn-meal cakes stuffed with chopped meat, beans and spices ). There’s also Indigenous craft — Salvadoran serapes, paintings, kitchenware, and big vases.
Joya de Ceren : The Pompeii of the Americas
Would you like to visit El Salvador’s largest open-air museum? Well, you can visit Joya de Ceren, one of the wonders of the Western Hemisphere. Here you can see a magnificent collection of Mayan art, ( ceramic materials, bowls, sculptures, amulets and other objects ). Located only 30km to the northeast of San Salvador, it (also known as “the Pompeii of the Americas”) was discovered in 1976. This enigmatic wonder has captured the attention of tourists.
Joya de Ceren was a Mayan farming village. Their function in the economy of this huge area was some ways comparable to that of the Egyptians in North Africa. In 600 AD, Laguna Caldera erupted, destroying the Mayan city of Ceren. This wonder was declared Cultural Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO in 1993. These ruins has sent positive messages about El Salvador’s tourism, culture and history across the world.
The Land of Volcanoes
El Salvador is home to some of Latin America’s most spectacular volcanoes ( many of them are extinct). Here you can see more than 25 volcanoes, including Izalco, Santa Ana, San Miguel, Usulutan, Tecapa, Conchagua and San Vicente. The largest volcano is San Miguel (6,994 feet high), but the most famous is Izalco, which is one of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes. Between 1770 and 1957 Izalco began one of the largest eruptions in history. The Izalco volcano is the natural wonder that best symbolizes El Salvador in the world.
Located a few hours from Nueva San Salvador, this park is a tropical paradise, with palm trees, coconut trees, fruit trees and other exotic plants. It charms outsiders for its waterfalls and swimming pools. Within it tourists find comfort, peace, tranquility and personalized services. All these characteristics make Los Chorros the perfect place to visit and explore. The Miss Universe 1975 Swimsuit Photo Shoot was held in Los Chorros.
La Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol is beloved by foreign tourists for its amazing beaches, water sports and tropical landscapes. The weather is perfect for beach holidays. Here you can go swimming or just relax. Certainly it is an excellent place for relaxing with an interesting magazine and a coffee cup. The coffee is so good here that many people think that the best coffee in the world is from El Salvador!
Costa del Sol is also indeed a perfect place for sports lovers. Fort water lovers there is snorkeling, sailing, surfing ( it’s a popular sport among foreign and natives ) and deep sea fishing. It is a very lively beach, where there are many snack bars, seafood restaurants and plenty nightlife.