This Is A Short Travel to El Salvador Guide
Traveling to El Salvador is easy and quick from just about anywhere as it is very centrally located and has a somewhat small but modern international airport called Comalapa about 30 minutes south of San Salvador.
Quite a few international carriers fly into El Salvador many times a day. From the United States American Airlines offers dozens of flights each day in and out at very competitive prices. Taca offers flights to almost every Latin american and North American country and they were founded in El Salvador and have their global headquarters here as well. Viva de El Salvador !
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El Salvador is a democratic country with a solid and developing economy. Tourism facilities are not as fully developed as some other more touristy destinations. The U.S. Dollar is the primary currency in El Salvador and the economy is fully dollarized. Americans traveling with U.S. Dollars should not exchange them for Colones. (the old currency). Prices are on average between 30-50% less for most things. Beware of the so-called gringo tax; where prices are higher if you look susceptible. This is really more of a tourist tax as residents and international savvy travelers don’t tend to experience this regardless of country of origin. If you plan to travel to El Salvador practice your world savvy look in the mirror and try not to dress and act like a typical tourist. Plan to take in the range of what this great country has to offer from the mountains to the playa El Salvador. The Beaches of El Salvador are truly world class.
-> Lonely Planet ranked El Salvador as one of the TOP TEN BEST countries to visit for 2011! Read all about their views on travel to El Salvador.
-> GoCentralAmerica has good info as well.
-> Explore El Salvador is a great resource of travel tips about El Salvador
A few embassies and their travel recommendations: (remember that these tend to be worst case scenarios) However ALL of these also have excellent tips and helpful info for traveling to El Salvador.
There are quite a few clasificados de El Salvador that you can use to find great deals on what you are looking for. ATMs (cajeros automáticos) can be found in most cities and towns, especially those that receive a good number of travelers. Although still many well loved tourist towns like Suchitoto and Concepcion de Ataco do not have them so bring cash in small bills. Throughout El Salvador Credit cards are usually accepted without an additional fee in modern malls, high end hotels and upscale stores, but smaller establishments often add a 2% to 8% surcharge. Some stores are now actually offering discounts for using credit cards in a gambit to increase consumer debt spending. Despite a media spread reputation for violence, attacks on tourists are very rare. Most of the violence is gang on gang just like in the rest of the world. Take commonsense precautions: carry as little as possible on day trips, avoid carrying flashy cameras, expensive watches and jewelry, and make copies of your credit cards and important documents. Don’t look like a rich, naive tourist asking to be robbed or taken advantage of. Be smart, be aware and be confident. Nanelle has a lot of advice throughout the site on how to live in El Salvador.
Some of the best places to visit in El Salvador and be a tourist:
- Apaneca region -Mountain towns- Apaneca, Ataco, Jayua, Izalco, Ruta De Los Flores
- Suchitoto – Lake front-City of Suchitoto, Lago de Suchitoto, San Martin
- La Libertad – La Playa! the beaches, El Tunco, Sunzal
- Golfo de Fonseca – islands and beaches
- San Salvador – Big city sights, museums, Zona Rosa, Antiguo Cuscatlan
El Salvador is a wonderful country to visit. tourism is growing but is still somewhat small. The current government is spending a good amount of money on the beaches and resort of La Libertad, the awesome Ruta de los Flores and the Golfo De Fonseca areas. Tourism was up over 5% from 2009 and is growing. Get yourself to visit El Salvador today! Hope this travel to el salvador guide helped!