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  • Writer's pictureNatalija Ugrina

Top 10 Things to Do in El Salvador

Hey fellow travelers! Are you ready for an adventure in the vibrant and culturally rich land of El Salvador? Nestled in the heart of Central America, El Salvador is not only known for its breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches but also for its recent groundbreaking adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender. Yes, you read that right – Bitcoin! So, whether you're a crypto enthusiast or simply seeking a new destination to explore, El Salvador should definitely be on your radar.


Join me as we dive into the top 10 things to do in this fascinating country, including must-visit destinations like San Salvador, Joya de Ceren, Santa Ana, Suchitoto, El Tunco, Cerro Verde, and more. Plus, we'll savor the delicious local cuisine, indulge in mouthwatering pupusas, and even take a tour of a coffee plantation (I had the pleasure of visiting Campo Bello – more on that later!). So, pack your bags and let's embark on an unforgettable journey through El Salvador!


San Salvador National Palace
San Salvador National Palace

  1. Explore San Salvador's Rich Culture: Start your journey in the bustling capital city of San Salvador, where history and modernity collide. Visit the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral to immerse yourself in the city's colonial heritage, and don't miss the Museum of Art for a glimpse into El Salvador's vibrant artistic scene.


San Salvador National Palace

2. Step Back in Time at Joya de Ceren: Journey back in time as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Joya de Ceren, often referred to as the "Pompeii of the Americas." This ancient Mayan village was preserved under volcanic ash for centuries, offering a rare glimpse into pre-Columbian life.

( Read more about it HERE )


Joya de Ceren
Joya de Ceren

3. Admire the Beauty of Santa Ana: Head west to the picturesque city of Santa Ana, known for its stunning colonial architecture and lively markets. Climb to the top of the Santa Ana Volcano for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and be sure to visit the impressive Santa Ana Cathedral.


Santa Ana Cathedral
Santa Ana Cathedral

Standing tall and proud, this architectural masterpiece is more than just a place of worship; it's a symbol of the city's rich heritage and enduring spirit. Built in the late 19th century, the cathedral's neo-Gothic design and intricate details are a testament to the craftsmanship of generations past. Step inside to admire the stunning stained glass windows, ornate altars, and peaceful ambiance that transports you to another era.


4. Discover the Charm of Suchitoto: Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a visit to Suchitoto, a charming colonial town nestled along the shores of Lake Suchitlán. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings, visit local art galleries, and take a boat tour of the lake to spot native wildlife. ( Read more about it HERE )


Exploring the streets of Suchitoto
Exploring the streets of Suchitoto

5. Surf and Sunbathe in El Tunco: No trip to El Salvador would be complete without a visit to El Tunco, a laid-back beach town beloved by surfers and sun-seekers alike. Whether you're catching waves or simply lounging on the sandy shores, El Tunco is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun.


Beach in El Salvador
Beach in El Salvador

6. Hike through Cerro Verde National Park: Lace up your hiking boots and venture into Cerro Verde National Park, home to three majestic volcanoes – Izalco, Santa Ana, and Cerro Verde. Embark on a scenic hike to the summit of Santa Ana Volcano for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and turquoise crater lake.


Cerro Verde
Cerro Verde

7. Indulge in Delicious Pupusas in Olocuilta: Delight your taste buds with pupusas, El Salvador's national dish, at the renowned pupuserias in Olocuilta. From classic cheese and beans to exotic fillings like loroco and chicharrón, Olocuilta is a pupusa lover's paradise. (Read more about it HERE )


Eating pupusas in Olocuilta
Eating pupusas in Olocuilta

8. Tour a Coffee Plantation at Campo Bello: Dive into the world of coffee production with a tour of Campo Bello, a picturesque coffee plantation nestled in the lush hills of El Salvador. Learn about the coffee-making process from bean to cup, and savor the rich flavors of freshly roasted coffee straight from the source.


Coffee Plantation at Campo Bello
Coffee Plantation at Campo Bello

9. Marvel at the Beauty of El Salvador's Volcanoes: From the iconic silhouette of Izalco Volcano to the emerald-green crater of Santa Ana, El Salvador's volcanoes are a sight to behold. Whether you're hiking, birdwatching, or simply admiring from a distance, these natural wonders are sure to leave you awe-struck


El Salvador's Volcanoes
El Salvador's Volcanoes

10. Embrace Local Culture at La Palma Artisan Village:

Wrap up your journey with a visit to La Palma, an artisan village renowned for its vibrant crafts and murals. Engage with local artists, shop for unique souvenirs, and gain a deeper appreciation for El Salvador's rich cultural tapestry.


Embark on this enchanting journey through El Salvador and let its beauty and charm captivate your soul. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, this Central American gem is waiting to be explored. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! 🌺🌍



El Zonte beach
El Zonte beach

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