Unlike other Central American countries that have cashed in on their tourism potential, most travellers choose to skip El Salvador based on reports of civil war violence. But the war has long been over and, in the process, El Salvador escaped becoming a touristy, overcrowded destination. The volcanoes, lakes, national parks, and beaches remain largely untouched in their natural beauty. The capital San Salvador is never still, and is filled with museums, art galleries, live-music clubs, and great restaurants. But for a taste of small-town life in the country, El Salvador's rural tourism takes you to its heart and soul. Visit Joya de Ceren, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which survived centuries under layers of volcanic ash. And whether you're religious or just plain curious, the Procession of the Christ of Izalco, enacted by town locals over more than 15 hours is definitely worth a look.
El Salvador's surfing reputation has been growing steadily but, despite having waves just as good if not better than other Central American surf spots, it is still less crowded . Be sure to test the waves at El Zonte, El Este, and La Libertad. Local cuisine is filled with beans and rice, but the pupusa flatbread can rival any western gourmet dish! Fruit juices are widely available, but if you need something stronger, try the alcoholic beverages concocted out of rice and barley.
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El Salvador's international airport (SAL) is located at Comalapa, about 45 minutes away from San Salvador. You can get to it through airports in the US such as New York (NYC) or Los Angeles (LAX) on airlines like American, Continental, Delta, and United. The local airline TACA also has frequent flights from other Central American countries such as Guatemala and Honduras. There is an entry and departure fee at the airport, but check if it's included in your ticket price as some airlines factor it into the total cost.
El Salvador's average temperatures depend on which part of the country you're in. On the coast, it remains between 22-23°C all year round, while in the central area it is much more varied between 19-38°C, and in the mountains it can range between 12-23°C. Most of the rainfall occurs between May and October, which is the wet season, so the best time to visit is usually early November or end April, when the country is less crowded and rates are lower on virtually everything.