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San Salvador
Travel Guide

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The sprawling capital of El Salvador has a turbulent history, which is well documented in its museums and still visible in its national monuments. 

El Salvador’s capital has a modern edge, yet at its core the traditional charms of Central America are maintained. Walk San Salvador’s long, straight boulevards and explore its maze of narrow streets to find trendy bars and bustling markets. Sport and the arts define the city’s modern-day residents and their enthusiasm for soccer and culture is contagious.

Learn more about Mayan history and admire ancient ceramics at the Museo Nacional de Antropología David J. Guzmán. Visit the Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site to see how indigenous farmers lived before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. To experience how fanatic the locals are about soccer, see a game at the Estadio Cuscatlan. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

While the San Salvador Volcano is a stunning backdrop to the city and provides great hiking trails, there were devastating landslides from its slopes in 1986 during an earthquake. Destructive on another level was the civil war, which raged until 1992. Since then, many of the city’s grand buildings have been restored, such as the Catedral Metropolitano and the impressive Palacio Nacional.

When walking around, be aware of your surroundings and take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming a target of criminals, especially after dark. To find out where it is safe, ask the locals about their favorite local attractions. During weekends, buy crafts and see street artists along the Paseo del Carmen in the San Tecla neighborhood. Another popular choice is the Zona Rosa nightlife strip with clubs and restaurants.

El Salvador has an international airport and long-distance bus connections to other Central American countries. Surrounding the capital are coffee plantations, volcanoes and surfing beaches. To ensure your safety when traveling around, always opt for a taxi or organized tour over driving by yourself. To see the country’s largest crater lake, take a taxi to the Lago de Ilopango just east of the city.

Barceló San Salvador
Barceló San Salvador
4.5 out of 5
Ave Las Magnolias Y Blvd Del Hipodromo, San Salvador, SS
The price is CA $85 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Anthropology Dr. David J. Guzman, Olivos Plaza, and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"All the staff of this hotel are wonderful people, starting from the front desk (Roxana), restaurant (Margarita, Fatima and Salvador) and Strikers (Xiomara and Eleonara), and all of the rest of personal. Thank you so much."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

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Hotel Los Farallones
Hotel Los Farallones
3.5 out of 5
Km 41.5 Carretera Litoral, La Libertad
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $190 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this La Libertad hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Majahual Beach and Sunzal Beach. Playa San Blas and San Diego Beach are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (257 reviews)
"Very clean a boutique hotel, nice view very nice service I definitely recommend it"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2021

Hotel Los Farallones
3.5 out of 5
Km. 41 1/2, Carretera El Litoral, La Libertad, LI
The price is CA $224 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated in La Libertad, this beach hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Playa San Blas and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Diego Beach and El Majahual Beach. Sunzal Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (101 reviews)
"They have a excellent facility to stay pools and view, but I would like to see a better menu in breakfast not to exotic, and went you came in the darkest better visual pointing, the attention very freely after all I love this hotel but si has to seining what I felts"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

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Aug 22, 2019

Way safer than previous years

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Apr 17, 2019

Being born in San Salvador but have never visited with the purpose of being a tourist. Beautiful as always. The city is changing and expending and it seems for the better. Very happy to see the improvements.

4/5 - Good

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Apr 3, 2019

The people are incredibly friendly, I was surprised by how nice they were as I have visited other central american countries where people were not as friendly. It is a beautiful place, but there is a lot of trash!

4/5 - Good


Dec 26, 2018

if you go around the Ocean ( La Libertad ) for instant should be good idea to go with the locals friends or family they know some of the places with a good restaurants , safe and good food to enjoy a good lunch by the Ocean with live music

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