GoNOMAD DESTINATION MINI GUIDE:
Twenty-five volcanoes, one - Izalco - which can be viewed from nearby Cerro Verde
Park - is still smoking!
You will find throughout all of El Salvador friendly
and industrious people, always ready to assist you and to practice their
English(almost 60% of El Salvadorians have relatives living and working
abroad). Most importantly, El Salvador is an uncrowded, exotic and suprise
destination: no tourist hordes here!
Best time of year is the dry season from November through March. The weather is very hot and humid in April and May. Rainy season is late May through October, usually raining during the evenings. The sun shines 350 days a year in El Salvador! Don't go Easter Holy Week(Semana Santa), the first week of August(religious holidays) or mid-December through early January.(Christmas-New Years) unless you have family to stay with or prior reservations.GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Flights are available from gateway cities in US: NY,DC, Atlanta, Miami,
NO, Houston, Denver, LA and SF on TACA, Continental, Delta, American or
United Airlines. Get a "Coupon Ticket" for Central & South
America on TACA www.taca.com and stop over in El Salvador from Guatemala,
Honduras ,Costa Rica, Mexico or South America at no extra charge. El Salvador
has the most modern and efficent Airport in all Central America and therefore
is the Hub of TACA Central American airlines.
Montecristo Cloud Forest in Triunfo International Park, with views from
the summit of El Salvador,
BEST UNUSUAL ATTRACTION
Museum of the Revolution in Perquin, the former "Rebel Capital" during the Civil Conflict 1980-92.
BEST ACTIVITY AND GUIDE
Contact Wilfredo Mejia to visit his village and other local villages destroyed and now reconstructing from the earthquakes of January and February 2001. View Wilfredo's "laminated shack." For contact information, see elsalbiztours.com
BEST CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT
La Luna Casa de Arte, La Ventana Art Exhibitions and many, many cultural, artistic and musical endeavors. Stop by La Luna any night but Sunday to get oriented or check the Arts, Culture and Entertainment section of the papers and visit elsalbiztours.com
BEST LOCAL HAUNT
La Ventana near the National University. With a European cafe atmosphere, they do not mind if you sit and chat, nursing a beer.
There are two great arts and crafts markets in San Salvador and dozens
of arts and crafts towns, knock
MONEY AND COMMUNICATIONS
US Dollar, including change, is now legal tender and circulating in El Salvador since January 2001. All Credit Card transactions are in USD. No need to change money to/from US Cash. ATM Machines give dollars on Cash Advances. The local currency, the Colon, is pegged at 8.75 to 1US$ Fixed Rate and interchangeable in stores, buses etc.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
El Salvador is the most densely populated nation in the Western Hemisphere and, as a result, 97% of the country has been deforested in the last 30 years. Litter and garbage abound on highways, roads and in slum areas. Salvadorians are hard working and aggressive people, but cases of rudeness have been reported.
Take caution when driving a rental vehicle here, as there are many cases of hit and run in minor accidents (fender benders). Most motorists drive uninsured and you have a $1000 deductible, which means you pay for the damage to the vehicle on report to the rental car company. It is often better to form a Group and take a tour on an insured vehicle with driver. Contact El Sal Biz Tours
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