Everything you should know before
      Traveling to EL SALVADOR

6 February 2022
Capital: San Salvador
Currency: United State Dollar (USD)
Official Language: Salvadoran Spanish
Dial Code: +503
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 911 (2) Ambulance - 132 (3) Fire - 913
GDP: 53.67 billion USD (2018)
Population: 6.42 million (2018)
Time Zone: UTC-6 Central Standard Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: Flag of El Salvador features royal cobalt blue that depicts the great sky and two massive oceans of Central America. The white color signifies peace, and solidarity with the world.

EL SALVADOR is Known for:

1. Surfing
El Salvador is one of the best surfing spots around Central America. Gorgeous beaches and lush tropical paradise makes coming here a treat and with world-class waves, friendly people and affordable living.
2. Art & Handicrafts
El Salvador has a vibrant contemporary art scene and many villages revolve around creative industries, while its native art style is much heralded throughout the world.
3. Volcanoes
Stratovolcano, lava-domed, shield or conical, dormant or active or just a casual smoker, there’s a volcano type for every budding geologist in El Salvador, often within easy reach.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Sopa de pata
Sopa de pata is a hearty Salvadoran soup made from cow's feet, tripe, yuca (also called cassava or manioc), cabbage leaves, chayotes, sweet corn, plantains, and green beans. It may be seasoned with Mexican coriander leaves and flavored to taste with lemon or chile powder.
2. Pupusa
A pupusa is a thick griddle cake or flatbread from El Salvador and Honduras, made with cornmeal or rice flour, similar to the Venezuelan and Colombian arepa. In El Salvador, it has been declared the national dish and has a specific day to celebrate it.
3. Tamale
A Tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn leaf or banana leaf. The wrapping can either be discarded prior to eating or used as a plate. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste.

Best Places to visit:
1. San Salvador
San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, has the biggest shopping center in all of Central America. The country also houses the largest airport in all of Central America. San Salvador is also home to the largest soccer venue in Central America plus the Caribbean.
2. Santa Ana
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, after the capital of San Salvador. It is located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador. Santa Ana has become a tourist destination, especially for tourists eager to learn about Salvadoran culture and traditions.
3. El Rosario
El Rosario is a municipality in the La Paz department of El Salvador. The inhabited village was composed of Ladinos, mulattos, and peasants with a predominantly rural agricultural environment.
4. San Miguel
Founded in 1530 by Spanish settlers near the west bank of the Río Grande de San Miguel, the city was badly damaged by a severe earthquake in 1917. San Miguel has modern municipal buildings, an 18th-century cathedral, and a branch of the University of El Salvador.
5. Cojutepeque
Cojutepeque is the capital city of El Salvador's Cuscatlán department. It also served as the capital of San Salvador during several years. It also serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of Cojutepeque.

Best Season to visit
Dry Season- El Salvador is rarely affected by hurricanes, though tropical storm Agatha caused heavy rains and flooding in 2010. For most travellers, it is best to visit during the dry season and to avoid the hottest time of the year (March-April) when humidity levels are particularly high.

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