EL SALVADOR TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

El Salvador, officially the Republic of El Salvador, is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. Plagued with years of internal strife, El Salvador has a long and bloody history. In recent years, El Salvador is slowly but surely tottering back to its feet. The stark cultural differences characteristic of most Central American counties is sadly lacking here.

 

The natural beauty of the country, however, is astounding – majestic hills, lush green terrain and meandering rivers. Sadly, El Salvador has the highest level of environmental damage in Central America, and nature's bounty is under serious threat of destruction. Its rivers are clouded with pollution and there is large-scale deforestation.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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El Salvador has reopened its airports on September 19 with enhanced health protocols (wearing of mask at all times, social distancing, and temperature checks).All travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure to board the flight, except travelers younger than 2 years old and travelers with a diplomatic, official, service, or special passport. Consult with the airline for full details prior to travel.Travelers with a negative PCR test result will not be required to quarantine upon arrival.

 

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Capital: San Salvador

Currency: United States Dollar (USD)

Area: 21,040 km²

Population: 6,421 million (2018)

Language: Spanish, English and Nawat (less than 1% of the people, Amerindians)

Religion: Roman Catholic 52%; there is extensive activity by Protestant groups throughout the country; by the end of 1992, there were an estimated 1 million Protestant evangelicals in El Salvador

Electricity:120-240V, 60Hz (US plug)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, Labor Day
  • 10 May, Mother’s Day
  • 17 June, Father’s Day
  • 1st week of August, Fiestas Patronales
  • 15 September, Independence Day
  • 2 November, All Souls Day

Also, Holy Week, especially Holy Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate of El Salvador is tropical with pronounced rainy and dry seasons but with moderated temperature which changes mainly by elevation in the interior. Rainy Season (May To October); Dry Season (November To April); Tropical On Coast; Temperate In Uplands

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in El Salvador is during the dry season, from November to April.

BEACH:

The beaches in El Salvador are particularly beautiful from November to April when there is little to no rain, and the weather is just right. The peak tourist months are December, January, March & April.

WIND:

The only suitable spot for enjoying the wind in El Salvador is on Lago de Guija. Here you can wind and kitesurf from January to April, but it's not the best place for beginners!

SURFING:

The most consistent and bigger swells in El Salvador come over the very wet months of May to October. March and April are considered to be the best months for both great waves and dry weather. November to December has smaller waves perfect for learning.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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