El Salvador Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: El Salvador

Where is it?: Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras

Why do people go here?: Although no longer war-torn, the country doesn’t have the infrastructure of western Europe yet either. Up and coming, emerging, cheap – whatever the backpack buzz word you prefer, this place has it.

What are the main entry points?: Flights into San Salvador are popular from both nearby countries and the US. Buses into the capital and other major cities from bordering nations will also get you there.

Currency used: US dollar (USD)

Country Code: 503

Religion: Roman Catholic 83%

Population: 5.7 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Mestizo 90%, Amerindian 1%, white 9%

Government: Presidential Republic

Languages: Spanish, Nahua (among some Amerindians)

Travel Information

Major Cities: San Salvador

Attractions: Emerging nation, beaches, prices

Accommodation: El Salvador Hostels, El Salvador Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: El Salvador San Salvador Convention & Visitors Bureau 73 Av Sur y Av Olimpica Edif Olimpic Plaza L-28, Col Escalon San Salvador +503-98-34-29;; FAX +503-79-03-63

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 6 months of age coming from infected areas. Very low malaria risk exists throughout the year in Santa Ana Province, in rural areas of migratory influence from Guatemala. Chloroquine is recommended

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The early part of the year has the driest weather. Avoid holidays due to increased prices.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)

Getting Around: Everybody move to the back of the bus

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into El Salvador is the El Salvador International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the El Salvador travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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