El Salvador

16 Interesting facts about El Salvador

16 Interesting facts about El Salvador

It is the smallest and most populated country in Central America. 90 percent of Salvadorans are mestizos and 9 percent are of Spanish descent. Do you want to know more about El Salvador? Here are some interesting facts about Interesting facts about El Salvador.

Interesting facts about El Salvador

  • Its official currency is the dollar since 2001.
  • From Sonsonate to Concepción de Ataco you can visit the towns that make up the Ruta de las Flores. They are 35 km visiting colonial and super picturesque towns.
  • The famous Izalco volcano, which was emanating lava for years, went out just a day after the Hotel Cerro Verde made its inauguration. Finally, it closed its doors to tourism in 1997 due to economic losses and because an earthquake destroyed a large part of its facilities. It has a privileged viewpoint that overlooks the volcano.
  • The lake of Coatepeque has intense blue water, but at certain moments a kind of algae arrives that turns it turquoise as if it were the water of the Caribbean.
  • Turtle eggs are highly coveted by restaurants throughout El Salvador as a delicacy, so the government buys large quantities of associations and nurseries to incubate, protect and release turtles with two or three days of life at sea .
  • El Salvador has one of the best beaches in the world for surfing. It is in the department of La Libertad and is called El Tunco.
  • The pupusa is the traditional dish of the country. It is made with corn or rice and can carry inside, chicken, cheese, beans or loroco.
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski, famous Polish journalist, wrote a book called the “Soccer War”, based on a political conflict that took place in 1969 between El Salvador and Honduras and that lasted barely 100 days. It was called that because it coincided with a key match for the qualification for the World Cup.
  • The Salvadoran has a smile attached to his face, is kind, respectful, very helpful and loves to converse with travelers.
  • On buses (called routes) they play reggaeton at full volume. So strong that sometimes you have to shout to talk to the one you have sitting next to.

  • When you hear them shouting “A cora, cora”, they are selling 0.25 cents on the street. It is a deformation of the word quarter of dollar.
  • In El Salvador there is the Jewel of Cerén, declared the Pompeii of the Americas. The story tells that Joya de Ceren is a pre-Columbian archaeological site of the most important in Mesoamerica because it shows what life was like for ordinary people. It was inhabited by an agricultural village, and then abandoned in the year 250 due to the eruption of a volcano. In 1993, the Jewel of Cerén was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • San Salvador is the oldest capital city in Central America. It was founded on June 18, 1524 by the conquistador Pedro de Alvarado.
  • According to one study, El Salvador is the fourth happiest country in the world tied with the United States and Finland.
  • The civil war that lasted from 1980 to 1992 left more than 75,000 dead. Today, traveling through El Salvador is quite safe and peaceful.
  • And perhaps the most important is that which refers to the Mara Salvatrucha, usually abbreviated as MS, Mara or MS-13, an international criminal gang organization that originated in Los Angeles, USA. Mara is commonly used as a synonym for “group of friends” and Trucha is a popular word that means “be alert.”

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