Enjoy a spectacular sunset over Playa El Tunco.

The Best of El Salvador in 14 Days

If you have two weeks, you have enough time to get in all the best that El Salvador has to offer. From the western beaches of the Pacific Coast, through the ruins, volcanoes, and quaint, colorful towns of Ruta de Las Flores, into the hidden gems of San Salvador and beyond, expert author Jamie Jacques gives you everything you need for a memorable trip.

Experience the colonial charm of Suchitoto, El Salvador.

Where to Go in El Salvador

Though El Salvador is a small country, it’s hugely rich in history, culture, and nature. Each region has its own unique draw, such as the excellent surfing on the Pacific Coast or San Salvador’s museums, but wherever you go, you’ll find a little of everything.

The mountainous landscape of Panchimalco near San Salvador.

Planning a Trip to El Salvador

Volcano hikes, national parks teeming with birds and butterflies, and a rugged Pacific coastline dotted with secluded getaways make El Salvador an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here’s how to plan a trip to this small country, including when to go depending on your interests, transportation, and visa requirements.

Grid Alternatives’ International Program is a nonprofit that works to install solar electric systems in rural communities across Nicaragua.

Volunteer with Grid Alternatives’ International Program in Nicaragua

Grid Alternatives’ International Program is a nonprofit voluntourism group that helps disadvantaged communities in Nicaragua install solar electric systems on community buildings such as schools, libraries, health clinics, and orphanages. Volunteers help with installation, training, and sometimes minding children for working community members.

A field of coffee plants in Nicaragua.

Volunteer with Bridges to Community in Nicaragua

With an emphasis on shared work and community empowerment, Bridges to Community makes long-term commitments to the communities where it works. Learn how volunteers can help, along with practical details such as how to apply, costs, and requirements.

Long Way Home's current primary project is the construction of an elementary and vocational school using rammed-earth tires and polypropylene bags, water harvesting, and trash-filled bottles.

Volunteer with Long Way Home in Guatemala

Long Way Home’s focus is the promotion of green and alternative building practices. Volunteer work is either physically demanding or educational in nature with children and youth. Learn more about organization and its work, along with practical costs, requirements, and volunteer opportunities.

Demonstrators with Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios in Costa Rica.

LGBT Life in Costa Rica

Gay life in Costa Rica is fairly similar to life in the U.S. in that it varies from region to region, city to city, even neighborhood to neighborhood. San José is known as a gay-friendly city, and all around the country there are pockets of openly gay culture.

The Utila Iguana Conservation Project operates the Iguana Station, located on the island of Utila.

Volunteer with Utila Iguana Conservation Project, Honduras

All you need to volunteer with Honduras’s Utila Iguana Conservation Project is a passion for nature. The work includes caring for the iguanas, butterflies, tarantulas, geckos, and other animals at the station, but it can also include teaching, public relations, gardening, maintenance, or ecological research, depending on your skills.