Sunset over a beach. One of the best beaches in El Salvador

The Best Beaches in El Salvador

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El Salvador is known for many things: volcanoes, civil war, pupusas, and coffee to name a few. But the biggest draw to this Central American gem, by far, is the selection of awe-inspiring beaches. Given its jagged coastline, there are dozens of very different yet equally stunning El Salvador beaches, often just a few minutes’ drive apart. After many weeks travelling this country and exploring its gorgeous coast, we’ve put together this list of the best beaches in El Salvador! Perhaps …

Crumbling pillars of a ruined building at sunset in Santa Ana El Salvador

Santa Ana, El Salvador: What You Need to See, Do and Eat

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Santa Ana is El Salvador’s second-largest city and has some of the most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country. It’s conveniently located between San Salvador and the Ruta de las Flores, and is a short drive from the Guatemalan border. Because of this, Santa Ana is a popular base for many travellers exploring the region. Like many cities in El Salvador, it’s still fairly new to tourism. Yet despite its somewhat “rough around the edges” vibe and armed guards aplenty, …

Colourful building front with green shutters and graffiti flowers in the Ruta de Flores

The Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador: A Comprehensive Guide

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The Ruta de las Flores is arguably one of the most magical regions in El Salvador. Tucked away in the western highlands, this scenic destination is one of the most popular places in the country. The long, winding road snakes along lush green hillsides and coffee plantations, connecting the colourful towns that dot the countryside. During spring, vibrant flowers bloom in every colour along the route — giving la Ruta de las Flores its name. In the distance, volcanoes stand …

Turquoise lake with steam surrounded by rocks and dirt at Santa Ana Volcano El Salvador

Detailed Guide to Hiking the Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador

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Hiking Santa Ana Volcano is on nearly every traveller’s list when they visit El Salvador. And it’s easy to understand why. Who wouldn’t want to hike through brilliant jungles and up the face of an active volcano, to stare into the impossibly turquoise crater lake? If you’re planning to hike the Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll break down everything you need to make this incredible experience happen. El Salvador has a Ton …

Man running down the street with a cardboard bull costume shooting fireworks in El Salvador

The Madness of the Festival del Cristo Negro in El Salvador

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If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the famous Ruta de las Flores in El Salvador during January, you’re in for a real treat. During this time, the town of Juayua celebrates the annual Festival del Cristo Negro, coming to a climax on the 15th of the month. La Festival del Cristo Negro Latin America loves to take celebrations to extremes, often throwing caution to the wind – and Salvadorians are no different. It starts days earlier, as the weekly …

Sun setting over a beach with trees lining it in El Zonte

Why You Should Visit El Zonte, El Salvador

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El Zonte is one of our favourite beach towns in all of El Salvador. And many travellers don’t even know it exists. Or that it’s only a few minutes up the highway from one of the most popular beach towns in the country. Due to its unfamiliarity on the tourist trail, it retains the rustic charm that makes places like this so attractive. Yet despite the low-key vibes, there are a ton of great reasons to put El Zonte, El …

Two photos. A street and volcano on the left, a lifeguard tower on the right in Guatemala and El Salvador

Taking the Local Bus from Guatemala to El Salvador

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Riding the famous chicken buses of Central America is a right of passage for many travellers. It’s an experience like no other. And while most travellers on the gringo trail take the shuttle between these two countries (we did the first time!), this is a much more interesting, and far cheaper method. So if you’re like us and like to save money and enjoy the thrill of local transport, here are the bus routes connecting the most popular destinations from Guatemala to El Salvador. …

Red white and blue boat in the water with a village behind it at Lake Atitlan

The Best Things to do in Lake Atitlan

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Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular destinations in all of Guatemala, for good reason. Between the seemingly endless activities and laid-back vibes, visitors usually end up staying much longer than planned! To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do in Lake Atitlan and around! Although you’ll likely stumble upon many more on your visit, these are a few that you shouldn’t miss! What to …

Chocolate making supplies. Experiences in San Juan Lake Atitlan Guatemala

10 Unique Experiences in San Juan, Lake Atitlan

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San Juan la Laguna. Of all the Maya villages surrounding the brilliant Lake Atitlan, it’s here that tradition reigns supreme. From ancient Mayan rituals and indigenous cultivation, to colourful artwork and a plethora of high-quality hand-woven fabrics; here are some of the most incredible experiences in San Juan, Lake Atitlan. Unique Activities and Things to Do in San Juan la Laguna Take in the Views from the Kiaq’Aiswaan Observation Deck Climb the mini-mountain to the observation deck to take in …