El Salvador offers various breathtaking tours of the volcanoes and mountains that surround this region. El Salvador is blessed with pristine beaches and lush green forests.
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El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, offers big vacation potential. Years of economic prosperity and stable government have yielded infrastructure improvements that make visiting easy; the country’s modern international airport is just five hours by air from New York City. El Salvador’s attractions include crowd-free Pacific beaches, ancient Mayan cities and the most volcanoes per square mile in the Western Hemisphere.
The country’s Pacific coast stretches for 180 miles, with an average water temperature just above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Among surfers, El Salvador is famed for its abundance of right point breaks (over a dozen) and southern swells of up to 10 feet. The best breaks are found along the Costa Balsame near the town of La Libertad. There you’ll find legendary surf beaches such as Punta Roca, Playa Tunco and Playa Zunzal. Often the only other wave riders are sea turtles. Farther south is the Costa del Sol, known for its beautiful beaches, sport fishing, and excellent lobster.
Because the country’s geography is so compact, nearly every region can be visited as a day-trip from San Salvador, the centrally-located capital. Just 20 minutes west, Lago de Coatepeque’s clear waters are heated in a 40,000 year-old circular crater. Two imposing volcanoes rise in the distance: Volcan Santa Ana (the country’s highest) and the black-sloped Volcan Izalco (one of the newest).
Farther afield, the nation’s largest park, Parque Nacional Imposible, protects 13,000 acres of tropical dry forest. The park is home to nearly 400 plant species, 350 types of birds, 40 species of mammals and over 500 butterfly varieties. In the north’s mist-shrouded Parque Nacional Montecristo, visitors can hike through a cloud forest filled with orchids, giant ferns, and dazzling quetzals. The Ruta de las Flores in the mountainous southwest is a picturesque circuit through sleepy mountain villages such as Nahuizalco (famous for its candlelit night market) and Apaneca (known for its Mayan monoliths).
Many of El Salvador’s Mayan sites are still being unearthed, providing visitors the opportunity to observe the excavation process. Joya de Cerén, located 20 miles northwest of San Salvador, was discovered in the late 1970’s after lying buried in volcanic ash for nearly fourteen centuries. This “Pompeii of the New World” is an ongoing source of new information about Mayan life. Large temple complexes such can be explored at San Andres (20 miles west of San Salvador) and Tazumal (eight miles west of Santa Ana).
El Salvador’s dry season lasts from November to April. The rainy or “green” season (characterized by brief, intense showers) runs from May to October and coincides with the highest surf swells.