Cheap Flights to El Salvador

The Republic of El Salvador or literally the Republic of The Savior, is a nation found in Central America. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the South and the countries of Guatemala to the West and Honduras to the North and East, the country is the smallest (by land area) and densest country in the Central American region. Its easternmost region lies on the coast of the Gulf of Fonesca, opposite the country of Nicaragua.

Statistically, the country holds a population of almost 6.3 million people which are predominantly Mestizos, all living in a mere area of 21,044.8 square kilometers. The country's main industry in the early 20th century is agriculture, with crops such as coffee occupying 90% of the country's export earnings and previously, rich blue dye from the indigo plant – the most important crop during the colonial period. When the Great Depression hit the lands, the importance of coffee and other crops to the economy began to decline. By 1987, coffee's importance went down to 50%, and by 2004, it only occupies and accounts for 7% in total export earnings.

Today, the country faces rapid industrialization, putting it in 12th place in terms of Human Development Index among Latin American countries while placing 4th in Central America. The capital city of San Salvador serves as the command and control center of the whole development phase, while the cities of Santa Ana and San Miguel serve as important cultural and commercial centers for El Salvador and Central America as well.

When it comes to tourism, the country is well-invested to its natural beauty – a chunk of paradise falling to the region of South America. Tropical scenes, a pre-industrial national park, colonial settlements sitting among clear volcanic lakes, and a nation filled with nationalism, the country is really a paradise on its own. More so, the glorious coastline with world-class waves and culture-filled cities contributes to the beauty of the country, like a wonderful woman with a colorful past.

What to see & do

San Salvador – at first, travelers may be transported to a rather small version of an American city: wide and paved boulevards bordered by retail shops and roads filled with 4WDs that gush their way to the nearest drive-through or takeout counter on their way to work. But lift your gaze to find a volcanic skyline and the finest nightlife in Central America, plus a vibrant art scene and some good music. More so, most of the people here – especially those under the work force – are interesting and unique, their friendly vibe enough to give lazy afternoons some color. Incidentally, check out the marketplaces – there are tons of things to see there. Be careful though, as San Salvador's huge wealth gap lured criminals out of their hiding places, and the next thing you know, you've been robbed.

San Miguel – another intense carbon copy of a working-class American city, San Miguel is a confident commercial center which rivals the capital's enthusiasm and industrial appeal: a brash and energetic city consisting of seedy and sexy nightlife plus fun-loving people. Check out the natural landmarks and the historic sites such as the Chaparrastique and the Ruinas de Quelepa, or get to know El Salvador's religious site through the Capilla Medalla Milagrosa and the Catedral Nuestra Senora de La Paz. At night, go wild and party in the streets, and jam to some Reggaeton.

Santa Ana – strip El Salvador down to its roots and find a quite opposite perspective of what you see to it as of today: a colonial and historically conservative major city. Where to find the remnants of it? Santa Ana. Delve into this 'university town' outside San Salvador and see the home of the country's largest coffee plantations. Entrepreneurial spirits take the rest of the morning, but at night, streets lighten up and parties are on their way. What's more, the city is the departure point for Lago de Coatepeque, the Maya ruins at Tazumal, and the Ruta de las Flores.

How to get around El Salvador

Since the rail transport suspension in 2002, El Salvador is heavily reliant on driving and cars as means of transport. Travelers are expected to rent cars in the city, then pay the appropriate fare depending on the length of time of rental. Minor transport modes meanwhile include taxis and buses. If lost, El Salvador has a well-developed GPS navigation system called QFind that can help you find your way around.

How to get there

The El Salvador International Airport or the Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in Comalapa is the main international airport found some 45 minutes away from the city center of San Salvador. The airport is served by Avianca, Aeromexico, Copa Airlines, American Airlines, and many others. For cheap flights, visit Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.

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