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
About El Salvador
At a glance
|Capital city:||San Salvador (population 1.8 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT-06:00) Central America|
|Electricity:||Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)|
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
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.
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
Beer in a bar or restaurant = $1.50
Simple lunch = $3
Three-course meal = $15
Short taxi ride = $6
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
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
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.
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 New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
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.
|Land of Childhood||Claudia Lars|
|One Day of Life||Manlio Argueta|