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El Salvador Travel Guide

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El Salvador was once thought of as “the other” country in Central America — a place to avoid on your journey between Guatemala and Nicaragua — but this is no more: El Salvador is now a great place to visit, live, and travel through.

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El Salvador Getting There and Away

There are two routes through Central America:

1. Travel between Nicaragua and Guatemala through Honduras.
2. Travel through El Salvador.

I highly recommend the later option, as El Salvador is truly a great country for traveling in.

It is easy to get to and from El Salvador, and there are bus connections to San Salvador from just about every Central American capital city as well as from Flores in Guatemala.

As far as air travel goes, price conscious visitors may want to fly in and out of Guatemala City and then take a bus to El Salvador.

Map of El-Salvador

Geography
total area: 21,041 sq km
country comparison to the world: 153
land: 20,721 sq km
water: 320 sq km
coastline: 307 km

Climate: tropical; rainy season (May to October); dry season (November to April); tropical on coast; temperate in uplands

Landscape: mostly mountains with narrow coastal belt and central plateau

Use of land: arable land: 31.37%, permanent crops: 11.88%, other: 56.75% (2005)

Natural hazards: known as the Land of Volcanoes; frequent and sometimes destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity; extremely susceptible to hurricanes

Population: 7,185,218 (July 2009 est.)

Invections Diesease aquisition possibility:

degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever
water contact disease: leptospirosis (2009)

Ethnicity: mestizo 90%, white 9%, Amerindian 1%

Religions: Roman Catholic 57.1%, Protestant 21.2%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.9%, Mormon 0.7%, other religions 2.3%, none 16.8%.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3054 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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