El Salvador, which means Republic of the Savior, is the smallest but most populated country in Central America. Its capital city is San Salvador and its neighboring countries are Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Gulf of Fonseca. With its area of 8,124 square miles, its population is estimated at seven million in 2009. Its climate is tropical with both wet and dry seasons. Despite of its underdeveloped tourism facilities, it is still blessed with natural wonders. If you are fond of celebrations and occasions, you attend some of the country’s best festivals like Panchimalco Flower and Palm Festival, Mombasa Cultural Carnival, Carlsbad Village Street Faire, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Green Festival, International Quilt Festival and Austin Celtic Festival.
Cuscatlan Park is one of the most famous parks in the country also one of the biggest in San Salvador. Because of its nice location, it serves as a haven away from traffic jams and noise of the city life. It is surrounded by large trees such as pines and almond trees, and located below the street level. Inside the park, you will see many benches for people who just want to rest and relax. In addition, many activities are being held done here like soccer, shooting games, concerts, shows of foreign artists, live music, jogging competitions and simple get together for families and friends. The location is also very accessible for hospitals and other commercial areas and most importantly, the admission is free.
El Imposible National Park
El Imposible National Park belongs to the few remaining tropical rain forests in El Salvador. It was established in 1989 and serves as the source for the eight rivers supplying drinking water in the nearby towns. It covers an area of 38.2 square kilometers with an altitude between 250 and 1425 meters. It is located in the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range from 300 to 1450 meters above sea level. Its diverse ecosystem includes 1000 plant species, 282 bird species, 103 mammals, 53 amphibian species and 500 butterflies and animal species like wild boars, eagles, pumas, tigrillos and many more.
Trifinio Biosphere Reserve
Trifinio Biosphere Reserve is found in the area where Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras all meet. It was created in the year 1987 with an area is at 221 square kilometers. Originally, its purpose is to protect its rate flora and fauna, as well as Montecristo’s cloud forest. The thick forest is composed of oak and laurel trees which grow as high as 30 meters. Wildlife is also presented such as striped owls, pumas, spider monkeys and agoutis.
Coatepeque Caldera, which is also called as Lago De Coatepeque is a volcanic caldera formed due to an array of major explosions between 72,000 years ago. It is a big crater lake situated at the eastern part in the municipality of Coatepeque Caldera in Sta Ana. Its area is at 26 square kilometers making it one of the biggest lakes. Inside the lake, you will find the island of Teopan and some hot springs near its shores.
Barra de Santiago Beach
Barra de Santiago Beach is an absolute paradise without any infrastructures and industrial areas surrounding it. It remains untouched by humans who give visitors peace, tranquility, safety and relaxing place to stay. It is situated in Ahuachapan which is a two hour drive by car and four hours by bus. Though the place is considered underdeveloped, it is still rich with wildlife like turtles, crocodiles, and mangroves. Bird watching is also a hit activity in the area due to several bird species present. The beaches are clean, long stretched and virtually remote, which makes it a must see for people who love nature. From this area, you can easily go to a national park named “El Impossible” for a day trip.