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Introduction

San Salvador - Iglesia El Rosario

San Salvador - Iglesia El Rosario

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San Salvador is the capital and largest city of El Salvador and one of the biggest in all of Central America with a population of around 2,3 million inhabitants living in the metropolitan area. The city itself has well over half a million people. San Salvador is home to 1 out of 3 people in El Salvador. It is located in the central parts of the country in a valley at an elevation averaging 560 meters on the skirts of the Quezaltepeque . It is an area with high seismic activity and as a consequence the city has been struck hard in history. The city is the cultural, administrative and economic heart of the country and is a lively mix of old and new, of rich and poor.

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Neighbourhoods

  • San Benito
  • Paseo General Escalon
  • Downtown, historical centre

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Sights and Activities

  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Catedral Metropolitana
  • Teatro Nacional de El Salvador
  • Palacio Nacional
  • Casa Presidencial

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Weather

San Salvador has a hot and humid climate with average daytime temperatures between 28 °C and 32 °C and night time temperatures of around 20 °C. April to September is the rainy season, although it is not as wet as many other places in Central America. Best time to visit is the dry season from November to March.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30.3 °C30.1 °C32 °C32.2 °C30.8 °C29.5 °C30.1 °C30 °C29 °C29.1 °C29 °C29.6 °C
Avg Min16.3 °C16.8 °C17.7 °C19 °C20 °C19.6 °C19.1 °C19.3 °C19.4 °C19 °C17.9 °C16.9 °C
Rainfall5 mm2 mm9 mm36 mm152 mm292 mm316 mm311 mm348 mm217 mm36 mm10 mm

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Getting There

By Plane

Cuscatlán International Airport (SAL) near San Salvador receives a number of international flights, for example with the national airline TACA, which is actually comprised of 5 different Central American airlines. It mainly flies to cities in the United States, Canada and countries in Central America, but also has flights to Bogota in Colombia, Lima in Peru and to Madrid in Spain.

By Bus

Trans Mermex offers services between San Salvador and Guatemala, while Pullmantur has buses to Guatemala and Tegucigalpa in Honduras. Transnica has buses between San Salvador and Managua in Nicaragua. Ticabus has a wide range of services, from Tapachula in Mexico through Guatemala and on to San Salvador and buses from San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa in Honduras to San Salvador. There are even buses from as far as Panama, through Costa Rica and Nicaragua to San Salvador.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostal PortadaOctava Calle Poniente #2326 Colonia Flor Blanca, San SalvadorGuesthouse95
Hotel San MateoColonia San Mateo, Calle Caracas 20 San Salvador, El SalvadorGUESTHOUSE92
Mariscal Hotel & SuitesPaseo Escalón #3658Hostel-
San José HostalBoulevard universitario 2212 Col. San JoséGUESTHOUSE-
Tazumal Guesthouse35 Avenida Norte, Casa 3 Reparto Santa FeGuesthouse86
Hotel Nueva Villa Santander8 calle pte No.2321 San SalvadorHOTEL90
Joan´s HostelCalle del Mediterraneo No. 12 Colonia Jardines de GuadalupeHostel90
Hostal Cumbres del Volcan85 Avenida Norte #637 Colonia EscalonHOTEL87
Ximena's Guest HouseColonia Centroamérica, Calle San Salvador 202GUESTHOUSE83
Hotel Las MagnoliasAv. Las Magnolias Zona RosaHotel-
Hostal Dona MartaBulevar venezuela, 1-b Urbanizacion Venezuela, Pje. MaracaiboHOTEL-
Casa PalancapaFrente a La Gruta, Barrio Concepcion, Suchitoto, CGUESTHOUSE-

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 13.703416
  • Longitude: -89.20733

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San Salvador Travel Helpers

  • jorsiegrist

    Hey there, I'm from Argentina and now I'm living in San Salvador. I came here about 5 months and now I'm studying Tourism .So if you're planning to come here to visit do not hesitate asking me. I can recomend you some places, beaches... anything you'd like to know.

    Cheers!!

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