El Salvador

Come visit us, and experience our fantastic country!

Background

El Salvador gained it's independence from Spain in 1821. In 1992, the 12-year civil war had ended, and the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms. Languages spoken are Spanish, and Nahua. Religions in El Salvador are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah's Witness, and Mormon.

Currency, Education, Government, Popular Food

The currency in El Salvador is the American dollar. There are three cycles of education here, first cycle, from first to third grade, second cycle, from fourth to sixth grade, and then third cycle, seventh to ninth grade. Education is free through ninth grade. The literacy rate in El Salvador is 84.5%. El Salvador elects its head of state, the president, through a general election and the winner is chosen by majority vote. The presidential period is five years, and re-election is not permitted. El Salvador's most popular food is pupusa, a thick hand made corn flour or rice flour tortilla stuffed with cheese, cooked pork meat, and refried beans.

Geography, Location, Climate, Famous Cities / Tourist Sites

Come sightsee or visit our beautiful cities, and natural landmark attractions!

Greetings and Gestures, Popular Tourist Sites

Here are some of El Salvador's popular greetings and gestures;

Salvadoran women often pat each other on the right forearm or shoulder, rather than shake hands. Close friends may hug and kiss on the right cheek. Men shake hands with other men and with women, although they wait for the woman to extend her hand. While shaking hands, use the appropriate greeting for the time of day, "buenos dias" (good morning), "buenas tardes" (good afternoon), or "buenas noches" (good evening). Some of our most popular tourist sites are San Salvador (our nation's capital), El Boqueron National Park, Lake Ilopango, Tazumal, and Cathedral of Santa Ana.

Leisure Activities

As you visit, you can take part in many leisure activities to do here in El Salvador. Many plantations still exist, so you could visit a coffee plantation, they were a vital part of El Salvador's booming economy in the 19th century. You could also explore many mountains, parks, calderas, and volcanoes, such as Cerro Verde. You could visit one of El Salvador's most famous museums, the Fernando Llort Museum. You can also enjoy kayaking in volcanic lakes, hiking, horse riding, surfing, and white-water rafting.