Amongst the ecologically fragile mangroves of La Tirana, Jiquilisco.

El Salvador’s Coastal Mangrove Forests

There are two major mangrove forests on El Salvador’s coast: Barra de Santiago in the west, and Bahía de Jiquilisco in the east. The mangroves are one of the most biologically complex ecosystems on earth, and, as highly effective carbon sinks, front-line defense against climate change.

Constru Casa works with partners and individual families in a variety of support programs.

Volunteer with Constru Casa in Guatemala

Constru Casa seeks to provide basic, safe housing to families across Guatemala who live in extreme poverty. Volunteers and the home recipients work together under the supervision of a local mason to build a three-room, concrete and corrugated iron house in two weeks’ time. Cultural experiences and fun excursions are organized on the weekends.

Colorful murals adorn homes in Ataco, El Salvador.

Etiquette in El Salvador

Etiquette in El Salvador isn’t particularly complicated, but there are day-to-day situations these useful phrases and tips will help you smoothly navigate.

A surfer on the waves at El Zonte in El Salvador.

Best Surf Spots in El Salvador

The rumors are true. El Salvador is a warm-water, right point haven with enough waves to keep everyone happy. The surf season here is March to October and coincides with the rainy season, when swells coming from the south can reach up to three meters high. For novices and experts alike, here are the best surf spots in El Salvador.

Puerta del Diablo offers short but steep hikes that lead to spectacular views.

El Salvador Adventure for Outdoors Enthusiasts

The rugged, relatively unexplored landscape of El Salvador will keep outdoor enthusiasts happy with plenty of variety and adventure, from hiking through the steep tropical forest of Parque Nacional El Imposible to diving in crater lakes near the capital or surfing the warm waves on the coast.

Suchitoto is the cultural touchtone of Northern and Eastern El Salvador.

Art and Culture of El Salvador

El Salvador’s unique culture may not be as famous as somewhere like neighboring Guatemala, but make no mistake—underneath the veneer of sun and surf, there is much to discover. A fascinating pre-Hispanic history, traditional artisanship, and a burgeoning contemporary art scene all provide plenty of opportunities to experience the other side of El Salvador.

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.