El Salvador

El Salvador

Etymology

Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado named the new province for Jesus Christ – El Salvador (“The Savior”). The full name was “Provincia De Nuestro Señor Jesus Cristo, El Salvador Del Mundo” (“Province of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”), which was subsequently abbreviated to “El Salvador” (The Savior). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Participación Ciudadana – In this space we will share how to know the projects that are received by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in its procedures to obtain environmental permission. [meetup]

Xprize think tank san salvador – XPRIZE Think Tanks are local communities that bring together a wide range of people, skills, and experience to work together to make the world a better place. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in El salvador? Are you tired of the El salvador bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic El salvador restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, El salvador local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

Dating n More – Are you single and looking for love in El Salvador? Join the following El Salvador singles and MANY MORE searching for free dating in El Salvador on our site right now. Datingnmore offers absoutely free El Salvador dating, as well as many other singles all over the world. [dating n more]

Mingle2 – 100% free online dating in El Salvador. Don’t get sucked into browsing profiles on other sites for “free” and then paying a monthly fee. Online dating is social media at its best, so why pay for a profile? [mingle2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

EC Tours El Salvador – Our tour offer for everybody who love to have a great time in a multicultural environment and at the same time making friends. That’s right!, young travellers, business or solo travellers, and people who love culture will be able to come with us to discover the real Salvadoran culture on a general overview of this lovely country. [ec tours el salvador]

Free Tour – Our tour offer for everybody who love to have a great time in a multicultural environment and at the same time making friends. That’s right! Young travelers, business or Solo travelers, and people who love culture will be able to come with us to discover the real Salvadoran culture on a general overview of this lovely country. [free tour]

KE Adventure Travel – Overlooked by many travellers to Central America, El Salvador is the smallest country in the region and one of the most delightful; our superb 2 week walking holiday takes us on journey around the country, talking in walks on 8 of its 20 volcanic peaks as we go. Along our way we’ll also take time out to experience El Salvador’s colourful colonial towns, cloud forest trails, mayan ruins, coffee plantations and stunning Pacific Ocean beaches. [ke adventure travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Canyon down El Imposible’s rushing rivers – El Imposible, the country’s most important ecological reserve, is a must for the nature-hungry traveller and thrill seeker. Over 500 species of bird flit between the trees; you may even catch a glimpse of the rare black hawk eagle whilst trekking through the forest, or canyoning down the steep river gorges. [world travel guide]

Dip into the volcanic lakes – Try your hand at fishing, sailing, waterskiing and kayaking on the volcanic crater lakes of Coatepeque and Ilopango, either side of San Salvador. And if that’s not enough adventure for you, go for a dive to explore the rocky depths of Ilopango, whose waters have tepid temperatures all year. [world travel guide]

Explore the cloud forest of Cerro Verde – Spectacular cloud forest, sweeping views, clean mountain air, exhilarating walks and three volcanoes are yours to explore in this 505 hectare (1,250 acre) national park in central El Salvador. Expert local guides lead day hikes from San Salvador, taking in Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes looming high above the steamy jungle. [world travel guide]

Follow the Floral Route – To the west of San Salvador lies some of the country’s most luscious landscapes, which are peppered with lazy villages and linked by the scenic Ruta de las Flores. Here you can hike up volcanoes, clamber over Pre-Columbian ruins and explore peaceful indigenous villages, such as Nahuizalco, Juayua, Apaneca, Ataco and Ahuachapán. [world travel guide]

Go butterfly spotting in Barra de Santiago – Arguably El Salvador’s most pristine beach, this sandy expanse in the far west doubles as a nature reserve for butterfly and bird species. You can explore the mangroves of the Zapote estuary by boat or canoe, or just chill in a beachfront cafe. Local groups and hotels including La Cocotera eco lodge are working to re-establish endangered species like the marine turtle and red macaw. [world travel guide]

Go horse riding up Guazapa volcano – Ecotourism is one of El Salvador’s fastest growing activities, with an increasing number of specialist agencies offering multi-activity tours of its unspoilt wilderness. One of the most popular adventures is a horseback ride through beautiful scenery, covering three climate zones, to the summit of the Guazapa volcano, before returning to base to learn how to make maize tortillas. [world travel guide]

Go white-water rafting – Whether you are new to the thrills and spills of this exciting sport or a seasoned expert, the rivers of El Salvador are classic white-water experiences. The best rafting rivers are Lempa, Guajoyo and Paz during the rainy season (May to October) and the Paz in the dry season (November to April). You can find specialist operators in San Salvador and Suchitoto. [world travel guide]

Join in Panchimalco’s indigenous festivities – The Pancho, who give the village of Panchimalco its name, are sadly among the few remaining indigenous people in El Salvador who have retained their old traditions. The best times to visit this historic town near San Salvador are 13-14 September (Fiesta de Santa Cruz de Roma) or 3 May (Las Palmas harvest procession), colourful occasions when pagan and Christian customs merge. [world travel guide]

Let former guerrillas lead you on the Peace Route – Peace has now been restored to the beautiful countryside around Perquín, scene of some of the bloodiest battles in El Salvador’s civil war. Former guerrillas explain the history in the Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña; you can also mix politics with pleasure by going swimming in the Rio Sapo, birdwatching in the ecological reserve, or canoeing, horse riding and rock climbing. [world travel guide]

Ramble around Maya ruins – Before the Spanish conquest, the great Maya civilisation reached as far as El Salvador. No great pyramids have survived here but sites worth visiting include San Andres, Tazumal and Joya de Cerén, a uniquely preserved Maya settlement whose houses were buried under volcanic ash 1,400 years ago and which is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. [world travel guide]

See Fernando Llort’s vivid artworks – Born in 1949, Fernando Llort is El Salvador’s greatest living artist. He is known for his use of bright colours and highly individual style that incorporates symbols representing life in the country of his birth. You can view Llort’s work in his museum, El Arbol de Dios, in San Salvador; a collection of his murals also stands on the city’s southern entrance. [world travel guide]

Seek out the sights of San Salvador – El Salvador’s capital is a traffic-clogged jumble, but worth a visit for several historic and cultural gems, such as the Palacio Nacional, the restored Teatro Nacional and the Biblioteca Nacional. The nicest church is La Ceiba de Guadalupe, with a fine wooden ceiling, and the best museum is the modern National Anthropology museum, displaying the country’s history as well as putting on cultural events. [world travel guide]

Soak up the sights of Suchitoto – By far and away El Salvador’s prettiest colonial town, Suchitoto is famous for its parish church, which dominates the main square. There is a craft market here most days and it comes alive on weekend nights with a loud and lively fair. Wander around its cobbled streets lined with colonial architecture, or take a boat cruise around the nearby Lago de Suchitlán. [world travel guide]

Stay on a coffee plantation – Coffee became El Salvador’s most important export in the mid 19th century; plantations are still dotted around the countryside, some offering tours for visitors. Buy the local product when visiting Ecoparque El Espino on the slopes of the Boquerón volcano. Alternatively, book a stay at the Hotel Santa Leticia in Apaneca, a working plantation in the Ruta de las Flores. [world travel guide]

Visit surfing heaven – El Salvador’s Pacific coastline is surfing heaven, with crowd-free beaches and world-class breaks. South of San Miguel is Las Flores, from where boats head to Punta Mango and the biggest waves in the country, suitable for beginners and experts alike. Closest to the capital are El Sunzal (La Libertad), El Zonte and El Tunco beaches, dotted along the idyllic Costa del Bálsamo. [world travel guide]

Zip through the forest canopy – For a powerful adrenalin rush, it’s hard to beat the spectacular Apaneca Canopy Tour, a thrilling zip-line circuit strung 150m (492ft) above the tropical forests of western El Salvador. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Apaneca’s coffee plantations as you glide over breathtaking mountain scenery. (Not recommended for those with a fear of heights). [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Holy Week – This important El Salvador Tradition is a religious festival known as Semana Santa in the Spanish-speaking world and features a carnival-like atmosphere across Latin America. Best experienced in San Salvador with street parades and performance art, the week-long event is usually held in late March through Easter Sunday. [iexplore]

Palm Festival – The Panchimalco Flower and Palm Festival in May is a good time to take in local culture. Admire beautiful floral arrangements and garlands displayed throughout the towns, villages and beach resorts nationwide. Accompanying the event is music and traditional dress. [iexplore]

July Festival – The best time to be in Santa Ana—though perhaps not if you want peace and quiet—is Fiesta Julias which runs through the month of July. There are street parades, masses and cultural events galore in this most colonial of Salvadoran cities. There are also fairground rides and clowns for the kids. [iexplore]

August Festival – Of all El Salvador Holidays, Fiestas Agostinas, in early August is one of the most popular ones. Held in the capital of San Salvador, a marching band wakes the city up at 4:00 a.m., after which parades, sports, food, and art exhibitions take place. [iexplore]

Balls of Fire Festival – This fun, fiery event in late August is held in Nejapa—just north of San Salvador—and sees fire-throwers with elaborately painted faces on the streets and a general appearance of anarchy. [iexplore]

Independence Day – September 15 marks El Salvador’s independence from Spain in 1821 with flag-waving, parades and fireworks on the beaches, in the cities and mountain towns. The biggest national day celebrations take place in San Salvador. [iexplore]

San Miguel Carnival – November in San Miguel is party time, with beautiful dancing girls and parades to honor the San Miguel patron saint. Bands from the region play reggae, samba and funky, local merengue on the streets. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By Bus – Numerous buses also traverse the highways of the country. Domestic bus services are typically very cheap (not more than two or three dollars for even the longest rides) and difficult to understand. The buses themselves are often very well painted and adorned with all kinds of posters and trinkets, ranging from the religious to the pop-culture. [wikitravel]

By Taxi – The safest and most comfortable way to travel around El Salvador is by private taxi. The reason being that there is a lack of signs to guide you around, there are areas you don’t want to take a bad turn into, the Salvadoreans have a very aggressive driving style. Most hotels/hostels will have their preferred private taxi companies and can organize single trips, long distance trips or day fares. [wikitravel]

By Train – All rail transport in El Salvador was suspended in October 2002. In 2006 a pilot scheme for reviving the rail network commenced and in 2007 a service to between San Salvador and Apopa was restarted with two return trips each morning and evening aimed at commuter traffic. Whilst this will be of little use to travellers, it is hopefully a sign of future reopening of more of the extensive rail network. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Docker El Salvador – Meet other developers and ops engineers who use Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, deploy, and run distributed applications. [meetup]

El Salvador MongoDB User Group – A place for developers to learn about MongoDB. [meetup]

Meteor El Salvador – A community open to sharing knowledge of MeteorJS and more. [meetup]

NetSquared El Salvador – Hub 170 is a physical space in San Salvador, where innovation and technology can have a headquarters to flourish at levels of global competitiveness. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living and Working in El Salvador – Are you an expat working and living in El Salvador? Or are you preparing to move soon to San Salvador, Santa Rosa de Lima or any other of the Salvadoran international hotspots? Expat life in El Salvador has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the country’s largest lake, the Lago de Ilopango, learning how Salvadoran people celebrate Las Fiestas Agostinas, up to tasting El Salvador’s favorite dishes such as pupusa. [internations]

Living in El Salvador- Expat – The Republic of El Salavador is one of the smallest countries of Central America. It still attracts large numbers of expatriates wishing to settle here to enjoy a unique scenery: lakes, volcano, Sierra Madre’s plains. The proximity with the north-American market and the dynamism of the services sector will enable expats to find job opportunities on the Salvadorian labor market. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBTI Friends Association of El Salvador – Promote and defend the human rights of the LGBTI population, with a strong focus on health, sexual and reproductive rights and prev And STIs with MSM. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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