El Salvador

Sandwiched between Guatemala to the west, Honduras to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, Central America’s smallest country far outstrips its size in terms of natural and cultural highlights.

Small and serene it may be, but it is rich in natural beauty, Mayan heritage and a bountiful biodiversity that includes over 500 species of birds and some 1,000 species of butterflies. Memories of its brutal civil war still linger, but El Salvador has made large strides in recent years to present a more vibrant, happy and colourful image to the outside world. Get beneath the skin of this beautiful country and you will find picturesque towns, lively markets and a resilient and hospitable people.

This land of volcanoes, jungles and mountains is filled with passion, history and an enviable array of exciting traditional cuisine. It is also home to captivating Pacific beaches, the spectacular setting of the San Salvador Volcano and some of the most charming colonial cities on the continent. It can also boast some of the most complete Mayan ruins anywhere in the Americas including the Jewel of Cerén, a Maya farming village so remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash that it is known today as the "Pompeii of the Americas".