El Salvador is somewhat of an enigma. Although it’s the small country in Central America, it’s also the most densely populated and home to 25 volcanoes and 14 lakes. Supreme surf spots, black-sand beaches and compelling national parks show that size doesn’t matter and it’s what's on the inside that counts.
Divided in East, West and Central regions, the capital city of San Salvador finds itself naturally in the latter. Flanked by green-tinted volcanoes, the city boasts a convenient location close to the ocean and the mountains, making day trips to natural wonders a piece of cake. San Salvador’s famously wide avenues and boulevards are lined with a variety of museums, theatres and various restaurants and bars. The rest of the country is a playground for nature lovers and adventure addicts, with some of the best surf sites located at La Libertad, El Sunzal, El Zonte and El Cuco. History buffs will enjoy exploring the Mayan ruins at Tazumal and San Andrés, as well as the preserved Mayan village of Joyas de Ceren. A wide range of small hotels and hostels can be found around the country and particularly in San Salvador, as well as luxury villas and self-catering apartments.