El Salvador

Perhaps one of my regrets of my time in Central America is not spending more time in El Salvador.  My opinion of the country is not very high, but I wonder if that is due to the fact that I spent so little time there in comparison to other countries.  Whenever I ask people who have travelled Central America extensively about El Salvador they always say the same thing: it is a diamond in the rough, and one of the truly perfect off the beaten path destinations in the region.  Thus, I can only wonder if 1) I was really grumpy while I was there, 2) I didn’t see the right places, or 3) they are all wrond and I am right.

To me, El Salvador was dirty, it was smelly, and the people were the least welcoming in the region.  Sure, the food there might delicious, but what fun is eating food amidst the garbage and smoke of the cities?  Personally, I can’t recommend El Salvador as a destination, but as I always tell people “don’t let others decide your opinion of a destination.” Some people like papaya, I think it’s gross.  Some people like El Salvador, I think… well, you get the idea.

As usually these guides are not facts carved in stone, but rather “guides” things change over time: hotels shut down, restaurants disappear and good activities pop up. If you spot something in your travels that doesn’t correlate with these guides please let me know by leaving a comment in the comment section of that particular destination.


El Salvador Destination Guides

  • La Libertad (coming soon)
  • Parque Nacional Cerro Verde (coming soon)
  • San Miguel (coming soon)
  • San Salvador (coming soon)

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1 Comment

  1. Hahahahaha. Well, it’s true that the city and many places are not in the normal standards of other central american countries. The country is going through some troubles with violence and many people are kind of wary of others. However, people normally are very friendly, mostly in rural areas and also in the cities. I am sorry you didn’t spend a good time in my country. Next time if you decide to come, contact me to give you some advice. I owe you anyways, since I am planning to go from morocco to senegal by land and your page it’s being really helpful as for now. I hope I can survive rosso. 🙁

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