El Salvador Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

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 ...

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Group tours

Travel to El Salvador with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

GROUP TOUR

El Salvador & Honduras: Secrets of Central America

Visit artisan markets, revolutionary museums and picturesque towns in El Salvador, and the town of Gracias and the ruins of Copan in Honduras.
14 days from $3,633
GROUP TOUR

Central American Odyssey: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala

Witness the dramatic contrasts in people, food, scenery and history on this fascinating tour.
21 days from $6,419

HIGHLIGHTS OF EL SALVADOR

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WHEN TO GO

There is no real bad time to go to El Salvador but the months of November to April are generally considered the dry months and the best time to visit. At this time you can expect daytime temperatures to be in the late 20s/early 30s and night time temperatures to be low double figures. It can be fairly humid year-round, although it is significantly more noticeable in November, March and April.

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Richard is our Latin America expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Travelling El Salvador is filled with melancholy beauty. Great food, lovely people and their martyred Saint Romero. His portrait on walls around the country echoes a love for what could have been.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to El Salvador though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of El Salvador so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  

Currency 

In El Salvador the official unit of currency is the Colon. However, the US Dollar is also in circulation  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

In the churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat and also cover their shoulders, while men should take their hats off.  

Language & Religion 

In El Salvador the major language is Spanish but there are also several Mayan indigenous languages in use. English is spoken in some of the more heavily visited tourist sites but any Spanish you can learn beforehand will be very useful.    

Catholicism is the major religion in the country but Evangelism is on the increase. Many Salvadorians combine ancient Mayan beliefs almost seamlessly with Christianity and the result can be a very interesting mix!  

Time 

El Salvador is 6hrs behind GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

As with much of Central America, El Salvadorian food heavily features tortillas made from maize, however rice and potatoes are also important staples and are available in most places. Frijoles (or black beans) are also predominant and will be found accompanying many dishes. In the more popular areas, a wide variety of international cuisine can be found but there will still be many opportunities to sample traditional local food. Excellent coffee is available everywhere and local beers such as Gallo & Cabro are very drinkable. Imported wine is available in some of the more international establishments but be prepared for this to come at an international price.