DISCOVER EL SALVADOR
Country, people & food culture
Our El Salvador itinerary
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We traveled to Central America a couple of times and had the chance to see several Maya sites along the way. Each impressive in its own way. Contrary to other Maya ruins across Central America. You'll often have Copan to yourself. The mysterious archaeological site boasts remarkable hieroglyphics and sculptures. On top of that, the town of Copan itself is drop-dead charming.
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Excited for the last volcano for this journey was awaiting us tomorrow. Volcano Santa Ana's incredibly impressive crater marks the highlight for many travelers coming to El Salvador for a good reason. We were left speechless (and breathless) when we first set our eyes on the turquoise crater lake.
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El Salvador's Ruta de las Flores is a real gem. The 40 km winding road is seamed by the picturesque villages with excellent food markets. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do from discovering coffee plantations to volcano hikes and swims under stunning waterfalls.
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Suchitoto almost feels like a little journey in time and space after we visited busy San Salvador. The city's name originates from the Nahual language and translates into "place of flowers and birds." Known as the cultural capital, Suchi's colorful historic houses are home to art galleries, boutique hostels, and NGOs. On top of that, little Suchitoto offers and exciting surrounding for outdoor and history enthusiasts.
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San Salvador, El Salvador's resilient heart. The capital bears deeps scares, many of them still visible at Centro Histórico and in the hearts and memories of its inhabitants. Its heartache was omnipresent, yet the city's fierce determination for a better future, its hopes and aspirations are infectious and the reason why San Salvador is our favorite capital in Central America.
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El Cuco is a sleepy little village. It’s busier on the weekends as many El Salvadorians come to enjoy the stunning beaches. El Cuco is winged by two impressive beaches on either side, Playa Esteron, a remote white-grey sand beach, and Playa Las Flores, which boasts world-class waves for surfing.
People of El Salvador
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Do you know those people who just put a smile on your face? People who just let you get carried away and blossom. Isaac is one of those people in whose presence you can immediately feel comfortable. His authentic and humorous personality inspired us.
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Growing up with a father who held a high rank in El Salvador's military and a strong, confident mother Douglas' childhood was well protected. His upbringing may have been privileged compared to many El Salvadorian families, but also caused many challenges in daily life which we couldn't even imagine. With his father being an ex-military and aspiring politician, the family has faced threats from gangs.
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We were headed to the beautiful beaches of El Cuco when met Doris at San Miguel’s bus station. Doris actually the first person we were lucky to get to know during our journey through El Salvador. Wanting to stack up our food and snack supplies we asked her for help to find stores. All set we started our journey to El Cuco with Doris, the best company possible.
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When you travel through Central and South America, there is no way around them: Empanadas! Whenever we feel nostalgic, we take out this recipe and reminisce about our time traveling. Sold in buses and on the streets this typical "fast food" is not just cheap and easy to eat to the go but comes literally millions of variations. They can be filled with all kinds of meat, seafood or with vegetables.
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Pupusas - without a doubt our most frequently eaten dish in El Salvador! Pupusas are not only the cheapest, easiest and most commonly found dish in El Salvador, but they also come with various fillings. Accompanied with a spicey cabbage-carrot salad, Pupusas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.