Once known mostly for war, Central America's smallest country has been coming into its own touristically of late, with a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and colonial charm.
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Take some time out for engaging capital San Salvador

  Central America's smallest country (tinier than the US state of West Virginia and just a bit bigger than Wales) gets a bad, exagerrated rap because of gang violence that's limited to a handful of the capital's rougher neighborhoods. But in fact El Salvador does offer visitors a safe a varied menu of beaches (including some surprising surfing), ecotourism, adventure, charming colonial towns, and even several interesting Mayan archaeological sites such as San Andrés, the "Pompeii of the…

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Volcanoes National Park is a real blast

       Among other things, Central America is famous for its volcanoes, especially Costa Rica and Nicaragua. But less well known is that the highest density of volcanoes - both dormant and active - is in their much smaller neighbour to the south, El Salvador - 14 of them in all, covering an astonishing 90 percent of its territory. And they are a fascinating part of any El Salvador ecotourism experience, in this underrated country just a tad larger than Wales and a tad smaller than the U.S.…

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Surf's up in...El Salvador??

Not too long ago, who would’ve predicted it? The Central American country of El Salvador, once known mostly for being both poverty-stricken and war-torn, has become a surfing power of sorts, attracting millions of surfers to its Pacific beaches.   Despite its past trials and tribulations, both internal and external, this land just a tad smaller than New Jersey and a bit bigger than Wales has many of the key ingredients of a tropical paradise, including dramatic volcanoes and landscapes,…

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Why travel to El Salvador is on the upswing

For the last three decades, a heartbreaking civil war and its aftermath put Central America’s smallest country out of the minds of most holidaymakers as a destination – but with stability and security returned, these days travel to El Salvador is regularly touted by the likes of Travel Agent magazine and the BBC. There are no grand monuments or much extensive infrastructure in this tropical land just a tad larger than Wales and a few acres smaller than New Jersey. What it does have is…

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  • It's Semana Santa (Holy Week, aka Easter Week) in Christian countries across the world, and here in El Salvador there's a particularly colorful celebration in which locals in the town of Texistepeque (around 90 minutes' drive from San Salvador) dress up as devils and playfully whip bystanders. Read about it here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-61078955
    El Salvador: Whip-wielding demons kick off Easter week
    Men dress up as demons and playfully whip locals "to cleanse them of their sins" in Texistepeque.
  • In June 2021, El Salvador's 40-year-old center-right president Nayib Bukele got the country's parliament to take the risky and highly controversial decision to adopt Bitcoin as the national currency, replacing the U.S. dollar. To help illustrate the impact on life in the country, after the decision went into effect in September, Italian Bitcoin podcasters Rikki and Laura took it upon themselves to travel around El Salvador for 45 days using only Bitcoin - and it was an eye-opening experience, to put it mildly. Here's an account on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkcoin/comments/sej9hv/around_el_salvad.... And you can read about it directly - with English translation - in the couple's Bitcoin Italian Podcast: https://bitcoinitaliapodcast.it/missione-el-salvador. Will the experiment ultimately succeed? Who knows? But in the meantime, this is a new twist on a travel story, that's for sure!
    https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkcoin/comments/sej9hv/around_el_salvador_in_45_days_a_travel_story_wit…
  • Fascinating discovery of ancient Maya sacbe (road) in Ceren, north of Las Flores:

    http://www.futurity.org/society-culture/ancient-maya-road-%E2%80%98...

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