El Salvador

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Facts about El Salvador

  • Currency:
  • El Salvador Colon
  • Language:
  • Spanish, Nahua
  • Electricity:
  • 115 V
  • Calling Code:
  • +503
  • Capital City:
  • San Salvador
  • Famous For:
  • N/A

Stuff to See and Do

 

What to Eat

Local Specialties

Don't Leave Without Trying Pupusas
by Mattfromtexas about 8 years ago
Don't Leave Without Trying Pupusas

Pupusas are probably the most popular dish in El Salvador for both locals and visitors. This national dish can be found in any town across the country. Pupusas consist of a corn tortilla filled with any combination of cheese, beans, chicharron, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and garlic. They are pan-fried to perfection and served with fermented cabbage and a light salsa. Warning: Pupusas come out hot. You will burn your fingers and your mouth eating them, but it is well worth it.

Border Crossings

Guatemala

Corrupt custom officers in el salvador
by Franky about 7 years ago

technically, honduras has been kicked out of the CA-4 since the 2009 coup d'etat. this means that you can do visa run into honduras and then re-enter the CA-4 region. I received a new 90 days visa when re-entering Guatemala without problems.

then when i tried to enter El Salvador, the custom officer told me that this visa was not valid. he tried to charge me 114$USD for a 5 days emergency visa.
i argued and eventually said that i didn't have the money. he dropped the price to 57$USD.

i am now trying to escape the CA-4 region with the 5 days visa that i received. i met another traveller who had the same experience while working in honduras. this is apparently straight corruption

General Advice

Internet Access

El Salvador Wifi & Phone Report
by Jessica of liferemotely.com about 7 years ago
El Salvador Wifi & Phone Report

General Availability: Medium-High
Quality of Bandwidth: In cities, excellent. Everywhere else, good luck.
Frequency of internet in hotels: Medium. Always in hostels and mid to high end hotels. Not likely in small guesthouses.
Frequency of internet in campgrounds: Low. Only expect internet if the campground is attached to a restaurant or a hotel. Depending on your budget, buy a USB modem or a research your accommodation in advance. Free wifi can be found, but free reliable wifi is rare. Get a 3G USB modem. Tigo employees flat out refused to sell anything unless you have an El Salvador ID card. Donít go to the official store, find a vendor.