Facts About El Salvador For Travellers
16) Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the Salvadoran economy.
17) In Western El Salvador, there’s a huge crater lake called Lake Coatepeque.
18) The currency used in El Salvador is the United States dollar.
19) The country has one UNESCO World Heritage Site – Joya de Ceren. It was a pre-hispanic farming community that was buried under ash when the Laguna Caldera volcano erupted.
20) El Salvador has five archaeological parks: Cihuatan, Joya de Ceren, San Andres, Casa Blanca and Tazumal.
21) All five parks have the same opening hours and fees. Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m. The entrance fee for foreigners is $3.00.
22) In 2014 the El Salvador International Airport won third place as the Best Airport in Central America and Caribbean Region at the World Airport Awards.
23) The airport is known as both the Comalapa International Airport and the Cuscatlan International Airport and is the third busiest in Central America.
24) The country is a popular surfing destination.
25) It is known as the “Land of Volcanoes” because there are more than twenty volcanoes in the region. Two of which are active.
Interesting Facts Of El Salvador For Backpackers
26) It’s a wonderful off the beaten path destination that hasn’t been spoilt by tourism.
27) A budget backpacker can get by on $35.00 a day.
28) Dorm rooms cost about $15.00 a night.
29) Chicken buses cost about $1.00 per hour of travel.
30) Hitchhiking is common and payment is often refused. Just be aware of the inherent dangers of this mode of transport.
31) Shuttle buses are available to all the major tourist spots.
32) A typical meal of chicken, rice, and beans at local comedors cost just a few dollars.
Fun Facts About El Salvador
33) Salvadorans are known as “guanacos.”
34) Tortillas, rice, and beans are the main foods in El Salvador.
35) Metrocentro is the largest shopping centre in Central America. It’s based in San Salvador and was built in 1970.
36) Even though the country has tropical weather, snow has been seen on Cerro El Pital’s peak.
37) El Salvador’s cell phone density is one of the largest in the world – 125 per 100 people!
38) The beach destination of Playa El Tunco has some of the best sunsets in the world!