Updated 2016

El Salvador is a success story of a country, mired in war and violence decades ago, now floating to the top of Central America's tourism totem pole. With green valleys and landscapes, touring El Salvador brings a serene, consistent beauty to your trip.

What to do

El Salvador's waves have been turning heads in the surfing community for years and now boardriders come from all over the world to get in on the legendary surf. For the best surfing, check out La Libertad, El Zonte, or El Este.

The volcanoes are another integral part of seeing El Salvador, as well as the UNESCO sight Joya de Ceren which, like Pompeii, was instantly covered by the ash of an erupting volcano. Preserved with eerie accuracy, the archaeological site provides a look into the daily life of early Central America.

Getting there

Flights to El Salvador arrive at El Salvador International Airport (SAL) in Comalapa. UK and Irish citizens do not need a visa for entry, nor do American or Canadian travelers, but they must buy a tourist card upon arrival. Everyone must pay a departure fee when leaving the country, although some airlines include that in the ticket price.

Read: Three Routes Through El Salvador.

Where to stay

El Salvador has a selection of hotels and guesthouses throughout its cities. Name brand chains have moved into cities in recent years and an influx of surfers and athletes now populate surf hotels. There are also hostels and budget hotels located throughout the country's cities for travelers trying to keep their costs down.

For more on El Salvador, the bootsnall message boards have a wealth of information as well travelers who can answer your questions. If you're in need of inspiration, check out the El Salvador travel stories.

Read: Before Tourism: El Salvador