El Salvador, the smallest country of the Central America, is situated on the Pacific shore neighbouring to Guatemala and Honduras. Prior to invasion of Spanish conquerors, the present territory of El Salvador was called Cuscatlan, which, translated from Nahuatl, means "the land of jewels". However, despite that "the Tom Thumb of the Americas" (a nickname invented by Gabriela Mistral) possesses numerous natural, scenery, cultural and historical sights, it has not yet become an independent tourist direction, it still lives in the shadow of its more eminent neighbours. Most of tourists turn out in Salvador in transit, just sparing 2-3 days for familiarization with the capital, which, with all its economic, political and cultural significance, is not the most interesting place to see in El Salvador. Another obstacle for development of tourism - is rather scant information, most often simply duplicated from obsolete guide books depicting rather a miserable picture of economic backwardness and political instability, thus little by little leading the readers to the thought that El Salvador is totally unsuitable for tourism.
Meanwhile, according to the service level, El Salvador is capable to satisfy the needs of the most demanding and experienced travellers. International airport Comalapa is thought to be the most modern and technically equipped one in Central America. The choice of hotels is enormous: starting from splendid Radisson, Hilton, Hotel Presidente, luxurious country clubs and beach bungalows to numerous picturesque private hotels, hostels, guest houses, the prices in which range from 15 to 30 dollars. Equally with traditional Salvadorian cuisine Mexican, Italian, Brazilian cuisines are also widely represented.
Among the basic attractions of the capital El Salvador del Mundo square, national theatre and palace - are worth mentioning. In the historical centre of the city there is also a main cathedral with an unusually picturesque facade in traditional style. In San Salvador one can visit a large number of museums, among which it is worth distinguishing the National museum of anthropology, National museum of decorative art and, probably the only unique museum for children Tin Marin, in which the kids as well as their parents are offered not only to see but take an active part in the process of creation of the beautiful.
Those who like to go shopping will be pleasantly surprised both by a vast variety of trade centres, boutiques, shops of fashion garments, shoes, domestic appliances, etc., and "agreeable" prices, much lower than in neighbouring countries.
For those preferring to continue merriment at night, the doors of numerous bars, clubs disco clubs are open on the outdoor terraces in Zona Rosa, Multiplaza and La Gran Via. But those who prefer to spend an evening in calm and have rest from the city fuss can ascend the towering over San Salvador mountains and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate there in one of the coffee shops with a fantastic view to the night capital.
Land of lakes and volcanoes
Historic and archaeological attractions
Numerous colonial cities of El Salvador, each with its inimitable colour, surprising with its simplicity and amazing proportionality colonial churches, parks, narrow winding streets can be attributed to historical monuments.
Almost every year the city holds its own cultural events famous throughout the whole country: gastronomic festival in Juayua; carnival in San Miguel (colourful, unforgettable show with national dresses, music and fire works); folk arts festival in Suchitoto; solemn Eater processions in Sonsonate, prior to which the whole city is covered with fantastic salty rugs - tradition that was preserved only here, in El Salvador.
All the above mentioned - is just a fraction of what one can see in El Salvador. But the main heritage of the country, as acknowledged by all, are people: hard-working, well-wishing and hospitable Salvadorians are always ready to tell the traveller which other pearls can be found in this amazing, original land.