El Salvador

El Salvador flag

Capital: San Salvador

Population: 6.3 m (2013 est.)

Language(s): Spanish (Castilian)

Demonym: Salvadoran

President: Salvador Sánchez Cerén

Currency: U.S. Dollar $ (USD)

Area:  21,040 km2 (8,124 mi2)

Dialing Code: +503

Electricity Adapter: 115 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B / C / D / E / F / G / I / J / L

Time Zone: CMT (Central) UTC-6


El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but it is the most densely populated. Like many Central and South American countries, it has a bad reputation often for being infested with crime like gang violence, yet that is far from reality. Sure, El Salvador may have been a dangerous place to visit, decades ago, but it is now a locale just waiting to be discovered. If you check it out now, you will still have much to explore that hasn’t yet been seen by most travelers, though it will soon, surely.

The capital city, San Salvador, is a progressive destination that stimulates all senses. Try some of the local cuisine and pick up some goods from the street vendors. San Miguel is another of the country’s largest cities, full of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and festive markets. And Santa Ana, with its beautiful Gothic cathedral and colonial buildings, offers a nice base in the western portion of the country.

Country facts put together in collaboration with sister site 6pt5. Language guides and more can be found on Shishek.

Key Cities & Regions

San Salvador (Capital and Largest City)

Santa Ana

San Miguel

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