EL SALVADOR TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
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EL SALVADOR QUICK FACTS
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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EL SALVADOR 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.
EL SALVADOR 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
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN EL SALVADOR
The best time for outdoor activities in El Salvador is during the dry season, from November to April.
BEACH OPTIONS IN EL SALVADOR
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.
SURFING IN EL SALVADOR
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.
KITESURF IN EL SALVADOR
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!
HEALTH RISKS IN EL SALVADOR
Be aware of possible health risks in
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.