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The capital of El Salvador will seduce you. Leave your imagination at home, because what you’ll find walking the city will exceed your expectations. In San Salvador, people greet you with a smile; in its historic places, you will be a living part of history; in its dining rooms you will be the guest of honor; on its beaches, you will find the peace and happiness you need; and in every one of its corners, you will discover why El Salvador is the best kept secret in Central America.
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, and you can reach the towns or beaches from the capital in a few hours. Here there’s no excuse not to fulfill your dreams.
Beaches such as Punta Mango or Playa Tunco, which are very close to San Salvador, are known as some of the best surf spots. Hurry, the tide’s heading out!
If you’re a shopping fanatic, you’re going to love San Salvador. The El Savadorean capital has a broad range of shopping centers, including the largest mall in Central America.
El Salvador is the Central American country with the largest number of volcanoes, which gives it an unimaginable beauty that you are invited to discover and experience.
This route is perhaps the most promoted in terms of tourism in the Central American country, and with good reason. This tourist circuit will take you through a handful of small towns that preserve the magic of past, where you can discover all the traditions of the guanaco people and immerse yourself in their culture while you travel through green landscapes. On this route you’ll discover the beauty and enchantment of Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán, Juayúa, Apaneca, Concepción de Ataco and Ahuachapán.
If going out dancing and enjoying a few drinks is part of your travel plans, in San Salvador you’ll find the best selection of bars, clubs and discos to shake your hips until you drop. The Zona Rosa and Colonia Escalón are the main districts where the Salvadorean capital’s nightlife is concentrated. The guanaca night offers every kind of party: from pure salsa bars, to crossover clubs, to discos where reggaeton is king. Get ready for an unforgettable night.
Called the Pompeii of America, this beautiful tourist attraction is less than 45 minutes from San Salvador. It is a World Heritage Site that, unlike other archaeological parks, does not safeguard religious centers or funeral remains, but a village that was buried and preserved by volcanic ash. A testimony to times past that you can’t miss, and which you can complement with a trip to the museum there.
You’ll never forgive yourself if you visit El Salvador and don’t schedule a getaway to this lake, considered one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world. Its location is unique: the lake is in the crater of an extinct volcano, and its temperate waters make it a popular resort that is also ideal if you like to scuba dive, sail, kayak and water ski. If you’re not on a sporty kick and you’d rather relax, near the lake you’ll find hotels, resorts and restaurants. This natural jewel is one of the must-dos when you’re in El Salvador.
El Salvador’s signature dish. But beyond that, it is a dish that steals hearts. Its simplicity and tastiness make it a common dish on tables all around the country. It is a thick tortilla made of corn or rice dough, usually filled with beans, cheese and pork rinds, although you can also fill them with whatever you like best. What’s certain is that once you try pupusas, there’s no turning back; you’re looking at your new favorite dish.
This central area in the Salvadorean capital is the right place to stuff yourself with delicacies and pleasures. All along its streets, you’ll find more than 72 restaurants where you can delight yourself with the best local and international cuisine. This area is also one of the main tourist areas in the city; there you will find not only restaurants, but you can also find shopping malls, hotels, museums, theaters and cultural centers, among other things. On your trip to the Zona Rosa, don’t miss the traditional guanaca cuisine; you won’t regret it.
Lorenzo was born in the United States, but grew up in El Salvador and currently is, despite his youth, one of the most important representatives of guanaca cuisine. His passion for innovation has led him to experiment, and to recognition as one of the most creative chefs in the Central American country. His kitchen explores local flavors, but also leaves space for international cuisines. His experience has made him judge on one of the most popular reality cooking shows on Salvadorean television.
If pupusas are the culinary symbol of El Salvador, then elotes locos are its flag. This delicacy is enjoyed on every street corner in the city, and you will definitely want to relive its flavor after your trip. Here’s the recipe:
More than 70 restaurants and chefs meet every year at this event, whose main objective is to promote guanaco cuisine, and turn it into a tourism hub. So, if you visit San Salvador towards the end of September, you’ll be able to enjoy more than 200 dishes that compete for recognition in 14 categories among the best chefs in the country. You’ll have all the best of Salvadorean cuisine in one place.
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