El Salvador

Good things come in small packages and nowhere more so than El Salvador. The volcanoes, cloud forests and quiet colonial towns will capture your imagination, while the surf coast will unleash your inner grommet.

El Salvador Tours & Travel

All our El Salvador trips

USD $1,635
CAD $1,985
AUD $1,855
EUR €1,260
GBP £1,070
NZD $2,250
ZAR R24,040
CHF FR1,505
Discover tropical paradise and ancient wonders on this tour of Central America, featuring Guatemala, Honduras, El...
USD $2,760
CAD $3,345
AUD $3,155
EUR €2,295
GBP £1,810
NZD $3,800
ZAR R40,565
CHF FR2,540
Head from the forest to the beach on this amazing Central America tour visiting Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,...
USD $3,010
CAD $3,294
AUD $3,528
EUR €2,443
GBP £1,809
NZD $3,793
ZAR R32,530
CHF FR2,502
Ruins, volcanoes and beachside playgrounds await on this awesome Central American adventure, journeying through...
USD $5,465
CAD $6,625
AUD $6,120
EUR €4,545
GBP £3,580
NZD $7,520
ZAR R80,270
CHF FR5,030
This captivating adventure through Central America travels through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,...
USD $1,310
CAD $1,589
AUD $1,680
EUR €993
GBP £860
NZD $1,807
ZAR R19,288
CHF FR1,209
Get an invigorating taste of El Salvador’s sultry, vibrant culture – explore ancient relics, colonial towns and lush...
USD $4,180
CAD $5,065
AUD $4,755
EUR €3,475
GBP £2,740
NZD $5,750
ZAR R61,395
CHF FR3,845
Have the ultimate Central American adventure on this classic tour from Mexico to Panama. Enjoy beaches, volcanoes,...
USD $4,290
CAD $5,205
AUD $4,770
EUR €3,570
GBP £2,810
NZD $5,910
ZAR R63,060
CHF FR3,950
Escape on a Central American odyssey through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa...
Jump onboard this exciting Central American trip that takes you from the vibrancy of Mexico City through the hearts...
USD $2,690
CAD $3,264
AUD $3,445
EUR €2,238
GBP £1,760
NZD $3,702
ZAR R39,543
CHF FR2,474
Experience the best of Central America. See Maya ruins in Honduras and Guatemala, explore colonial El Salvador and...
USD $4,165
CAD $5,049
AUD $5,335
EUR €3,468
GBP £2,730
NZD $5,737
ZAR R61,228
CHF FR3,834
Discover the highlights of Central America from the black-sand beaches of El Salvador to the Maya sites of Guatemala...
USD $16,280
CAD $21,310
AUD $22,500
EUR €14,610
GBP £11,235
NZD $24,190
ZAR R258,200
CHF FR16,270
Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...
USD $4,730
CAD $5,735
AUD $6,055
EUR €3,935
GBP £3,100
NZD $6,510
ZAR R69,485
CHF FR4,350
Adventure through Central America's vivacious Mexico on an enthralling journey from the beats of buzzing Mexico City...
USD $7,690
CAD $9,507
AUD $10,042
EUR €6,525
GBP £5,107
NZD $10,797
ZAR R115,246
CHF FR7,218
Adventure through Central America's vivacious Mexico on an enthralling journey from the beats of buzzing Mexico City...

El Salvador trip reviews

Our El Salvador trips score an average of 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.

El Salvador Explorer , June 2016

Silvia Picello and Steve Odonovan

El Salvador Explorer , May 2016

Marie Julie Chabot

Articles on El Salvador

Sun, surf and volcanoes: why you need to visit El Salvador

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2015

Here’s what you can expect from a jaunt through the only country in the world that doubles as a noun.

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About El Salvador

At a glance

Capital city: San Salvador (population 1.8 million)
Population: 6.2 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: USD
Time zone: (GMT-06:00) Central America
Electricity: Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
Dialing code: +503

Best time to visit El Salvador

The coast can be hot all year round making it a haven for sun lovers. To cool down, head inland to higher altitudes where the climate is milder, but rarely cold. The dry season (November to April) is an ideal time to explore. For spectacular afternoon storms, come during the wet season (May to October).

Geography and environment

The home of the point break, El Salvador’s biggest natural attraction is its beaches. Drag yourself away from the waves of the Pacific and you’ll find volcanoes, lakes and cloud forest aplenty. El Salvador is bordered by Honduras and Guatemala.

Top Picks


Top 5 Places in El Salvador

1. Cerro Verde National Park

This is volcano country. Take a hike through the cloud forest for incredible views of volcanic peaks.

2. Suchitoto

This sweet colonial town boasts colourful houses, cobbled streets and a relaxed old-world charm.

3. Lago Suchitlan

Not far from Suchitoto, this lake is a haven for thousands of migrating birds.

4. El Imposible National Park

Hike, camp and spot pumas in one of Central America’s most remote national parks.

5. Pacific Ocean

Even from the misty peaks of the north you can see the impressive breaks of the Pacific Ocean. Jump on a board or just enjoy the view from the beach.

FAQs on El Salvador

Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required

Whilst for most nationalities a visa is not required, you may be required to purchase a tourist card on arrival, costing approximately US$10. If you do require a visa, please obtain this in advance from your local embassy or consulate.
A service charge will be included in restaurant bills. A small tip for hotel staff may be expected.
Internet cafes are available in most places but Wi-Fi is only just becoming available.
Reception is good in most urban areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
It's likely that you’ll encounter different types of toilets while travelling in El Salvador. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Bottle of soft drink = $0.80
Beer in a bar or restaurant = $1.50
Simple lunch = $3
Three-course meal = $15
Short taxi ride = $6
Drinking tap water in El Salvador isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 30 Holy Saturday
May 1 Labour Day
Aug 3 Fiesta de San Salvador
Aug 4 Fiestas Agostinas
Sep 15 Independence Day
Oct 12 Dia de la Raza
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/El-Salvador/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

El Salvador Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for El Salvador

1. Be considerate of El Salvador’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
SalvadorJoan Didion
Land of Childhood Claudia Lars
One Day of Life Manlio Argueta