El Salvador Destination Guide & Country Overview

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Updated: 2018-05-04.

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but it is the most densely populated. It has a border with Guatemala to its northwest and Honduras to its east, and it has a maritime border in its south with Nicaragua, across the Gulf of Fonseca.

Similar to many Central and South American countries, it has a bad reputation often for being infested with crime like gang violence, yet that is far from reality. Sure, El Salvador may have been a dangerous place to visit, decades ago, but it is now a locale just waiting to be discovered. If you check it out now, you will still have much to explore that hasn’t yet been seen by most travelers, though it will soon, surely.

The capital city, San Salvador, is a progressive destination that stimulates all senses. Try some of the local cuisine and pick up some goods from the street vendors. San Miguel is another of the country’s largest cities, full of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and festive markets. And Santa Ana, with its beautiful Gothic cathedral and colonial buildings, offers a nice base in the western portion of the country.

The highest point in El Salvador is Cerro El Pital, at 2,730 m (8,957 ft).

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