El Salvador is a country that not a lot of people have heard of, yet it is one of the beautiful places of Central America and one of the richest in love and beauty. It is covered with loads of kindness, charity, and affection. The people wrap up tourists with joy, harmony and beautiful moments, showing them appreciation and involving them into our big family, and always lending a hand to those who most need it.
Since, it is located along a coast line it has a mass amount of beaches and lakes both of them gorgeous and spectacular. El Salvador has lots of mountainous areas, which provide us stunning views.
El Salvador has a good climate, in which you can have a great time.
With only 21,040 sq km, El Salvador has many beautiful and magnificent landscapes. El Salvador stores a lot of great treasures, from beautiful beaches to astonishing and historical ruins. Even though, it is a small country, it has a lot of things to offer.
Location: It is located a long the coastline in La Libertad, near the port.
Description: It is considered between the 10 best beaches to practice surfing in the whole world. It is also excellent to practice snorkeling and diving to a little profundity. This beach is very rocky, where you can explore its maritime habitat. In the beach el tunco, which is next to this one, there is a variety of restaurants and hotels giving comfort to tourists and surfers. The whole area is adapted for tourism, having international restaurants, shops for surfers, and professional surfers teaching people who would like to learn this magnificent sport.
Location: It is located at the south of San Salvador, in La Paz.
Description: It is found by a lot of tourists and surfers, as this beach has been involving important national and Central American tournaments. Its surroundings have every commodity for tourists, restaurants, hotels, teachers for surfing and kayaking. There is also a variety of tours in mini cruises, in which you can acquire sea crafts. This cruise is called ?Barco la conquista?, and it has 2 journeys to offer, one is about 2 hours and the other one takes 5 hours. You can swim, fish, and in this trips you can see a lot of maritime species, such as dolphins, marlins, tunas, etc and if you get lucking between march you can see the migration of whales that are moving towards North America.
Location: It is near the capital, at the west of San Salvador in La Libertad.
Description: This beach is perfect to practice surfing or body surfing. There are some small restaurants of sea food. It offers a hotel, with all services included. In it, there are some artificial pools, with slides and two beautiful salty pools near the sea which receive water from the waves of the ocean. It also offers a beautiful view towards the ocean.
Location: It is located in Sonsonate, passing the port of Acajutla.
Description: This beautiful beach of coral reefs and white sand is an excellent point to people who like diving. There are some tours of diving, which last about four to five hours, in a profundity of 20 to 30 meters, and from 5 to 10 kilometers from the shore.
Location: This beach is in Sonsonate, near the port of Acajutla.
Description: This beach is shocking, due to the beautiful sunsets. Many people come to this beach to see how the sun disappears into the clear and transparent ocean, at any period of the year. This is a perfect spot for photographs, to watch beautiful sceneries and the astonishing colors of the sunset. This beach is classic due to the black sand and the temperature of its waters, which will captivate you!
Barra de Santiago
Location: It is located in the department of Aguachapan, in the west of El Salvador.
Description: This beach is located in a town, in which you could interact with people as they sell a lot of sea products. There are many beach houses, restaurants and some hotels as this beach has been growing in tourism. You can practice a lot of sports, as you have contact with the ocean. Some sports you can practice are: swimming, kayaking, ski, between more. You also can have contact with the tarn, which permits you to travel in the ocean in high tides.
This is one of the largest mangrove forests in El Salvador. It provides some of the last habitat for yellow-naped parrots, white-fronted parrots and caimans in the country.
Costa del Sol
Location: It is located 65 km south-east of the capital, San Salvador, in the department of La Paz.
Description: It is one of the most popular beaches in El Salvador. Due to this, this beach has an infinite number of beautiful hotels such as; Paradise hotel, Tesoro Beach hotel, Suites Jaltepeque, between others. Beautiful houses, restaurants and clubs are built in front of the sea, having an astonishing view towards the sea, many people do not resist to this temptation!!
But? that?s not all!!! The beautiful color of the sunsets, the environment that it offers and the commodity make your stay the most pleasure stay in your life. There are also millions of activities in Costa del Sol, from fishing, skiing, rides in boats and watching beautiful birds in their habitat. It is just magnificent and very pleasant to stay there.
They can also appreaciate at the end of the sea, the beautiful tarn of Jaltepeque, where you can appreciate a variety of birds in their habitat, mangroves.
Location: It is located at the east of El Salvador; it is located in the coastline of Usulutan.
Description: It is one of the widest beaches here in El Salvador; it has approximately 10 km in range. In this beach you can practice many sports in the sand (Volley ball, foot ball, jogging, walking, etc?) or in the sea(fishing, swimming, etc).
Location: It is located at the south-east of San Salvador, in Usulutan.
Description: This bay is gorgeous. It is said that its beautiful sceneries and variety of nature attracts people.
Many people are lead by their adventurous skills, as you can practice various aquatic sports, or enjoy the nature by riding from boats to kayaks in the amazing waters of this Bay.
Many people enjoy fishing in the Jiquilisco bay for recreation or professional use, as it is a perfect location to practice it.
Location: It is located in the city of San Diego, Comalapa in la Libertad.
Description: This beach is very spacious; it has seven kilometers of extension. It is ideal for sports like jogging, volley ball or foot ball. Its waves are very low, and they are very gentle. It exist many services such as hotels and restaurants, in which you can enjoy your stay.
This lake of 72 km.2, is located between the provinces of San Salvador, Cuzcatlan and La Paz. It is one of the most large and beautiful deposits of water in El Salvador with a profundity that reaches 230 meters.
In this lake you can find a lot of fishing as there are a variety of beautiful fish. It is a perfect spot for navigation, of boats, jet skies, etc? For this reason, this lake is an excellent place to practice aquatic sports, like kayaking, skiing, or just having fun being pulled in banana boats.
It is surrounded by loads of restaurants, hotels/ clubs and some houses which enjoy the tranquil waters of this lake.
Its origin is volcanic, and it is located 18 km at the south of Santa Ana. This lake has 24 km cubed. Two major accidents which caused beautiful landforms, where a peninsula was formed ?los anteojos? and an island ?del cerro?.
This lake is considered between the 10 lakes more beautiful in the whole world. Its name is derived from Nahuat(language spoken in El Salvador, before it was colonized) ?Cerro de Culebras? (hill of snakes)
This lake has also navigational use, perfect to ski, swimming, kayaking, between others.It has some residential houses, restaurants and clubs as tourists love to stay the night.
Just over ten kilometers south of Metapan the beautiful Lago de Guija straddles the border between El Salvador and Guatemala.
You can hire a boat to visit some of the islands or you can climb one of the surrounding hills for a great panorama of the lake all the way across to Guatemala.
This tourist center, located in San Vicente was formed in 1774 due to a land slide of the volcano of San Vicente.
It counts with artificial islands, cascades, familiar and Olympic pools. Amapulapa will astonish you with all of its beauty.
The Nymphs lagoon
This is a refugee of natural life, located in San Ramincillo in Ahuachapan.
Its name was originated long time ago, as a lot of migration birds deposited seeds, providing gigantic nymphs that are only given in that area.
As we can see from the image above, there are many volcanoes in El Salvador, these above are the main ones in the chain of Volcanoes of Central America
This volcano is the highest Volcano in the Volcanic Chain of the Pacific Ocean. It has a height of 2,365 meters above sea level. It is not only the highest, but the volcano with a larger surface area. This volcano has 4 craters inside the oldest crater with a profundity of 289 meters.
At the end of the crater, there is a small lagoon of sulphuric water, with a green esmerald color.
This Volcano was very active in the XVI century, and in this past year, 2005, this volcano showed some activity, as it erupted ashes and dust.
This volcano is very peculiar. It has two Peeks, one peek is flat and has an elevation of 2,105 meter above sea level and the other peek is sharp and has an altitude of 2,181 meters above sea level. Between this two peeks it exists a hole, where there was once a crater, now it is covered with vegetation, and some orquids.
In the base of the volcano there are some sources of thermal waters, which are sulfuric and some steams which are called ?infiernillos? (little hell). From the top you can appreciate a beautiful and splendid view of the Jiboa Valley.
This arqueological park is found at 30 minutes from the Capital, San Salvador. It is located in the Zapotit?n valley, between the Sucio river and Agua Caliente River. This land is very important in agriculture, nowadays.
San Andres has a small museum, in where you can appreciate the history of our ancestors. San Andres, is one of the prehispanic centres of El Salvador. In 1892 it was informed about the existent of this arquelogical site. The first?s investigations of the field were made in 1940 and 1941; however, they were suspended until 1700. All of the research that has been done in this site has brought important history to our country.
In this arqueological site you will be able to appreciate and enjoy the historical culture of El Salvador.
This site is located in the city of Chalchuapa, province of Santa Ana. Between the most important things in this site, it is found the Virgin of Tazumal, which information reveals that it was found by Santiago Barberean in 1892.
This arqueological site was registered by Stanley Boggs in 1940, who identify 13 sculptures, from small ones to big ones to 24 meters tall. The sculptures, shows us a civilization of people in a village called ?Cuscatlan? long before these land was colonized.
El tazumal keeps a lot of history and antique treasures that are available for those who search for these to be revealed.
Joyas de Ceren
Approximately 1400 years ago, this site was a village along the Sucio River (Nexapa). The villagers went to San Andres in search of things; however this journey was unfortunately very long for them, approximately an hour walking. The village was buried from 4 to 6 meters of ashes, covering and destroying all existence of this village. Ashes and lava closed this area for further excavation.
After years, this site was discovered in 1976, due to some working in land with tractors. This was immediately was informed, and the archeologists discovered that the walls, the floors, etc. were conservated very well, however, they weren?t able to maintain this site so further work in the land was made, destroying a dozen of rooms.
In 1978, the arqueologist Stanley Boggs, did a survey in the Zapotitan valley, discovering the antiqueness of this village, which showed 1, 400 years. In 1979 and 1980 they tried to unburied, however due to their safety as a war was going on they did not come back until 1989.
Joya de Ceren was open to the public in 1993, showing Salvadorian history to humanity.
Cathedral of Santa Ana
It is the most famous cathedral in El Salvador. It was begun in 1905 in a neo-gothic style. On the inside there are three naves decorated with images dating back to the 16th century. A high ceiling and worn wooden floor leads to a while altar. The pink and gray columns look like marble, but they are actually painted concrete. This church has a theater which people like to visit so much as it has a great history behind it.
Cathedral of San Miguel
It is located at the east of El Salvador, in San Miguel.This cathedral is very beautiful, many people come to listen church appreciating the Chaparrastique volcano in the background.In this cathedral La Virgen de la Paz (La Paz Virgin) is worship.
Cathedral of San Salvador
The Cathedral of San Salvador, is located in the capital, better known as the Metropolitan Cathedral,is a beautiful church which has an astonsihing history
It is located in Sonsonate, at the south-west of El Salvador. Apaneca, is one of the most beautiful towns, in Sonsonate, and it is a major tourist attraction, so while enjoying the beautiful village in which you find so much crafts, you can also visit the church, which eventually you will love!
It is located in Cabanas, in the top of a hill at 780m. This town is well recognized because all of their crafts which started around 1700, making this town very famous. But, while walking in the town?s streets, you can watch several crafts men work and show their ability to carve wood; one example is Mrs. Dominga Herrera, who without completing high school makes the most astonishing pieces of craft.
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