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Remembering Salvadoran Artist Fernando Llort

El Salvador’s tourism community is saddened by the loss of famed artist Fernando Llort who passed away on August 10 at the age of 69. Using a single copinol seed as a canvas and drawing heavy influence from the Mayan culture, Llort created his painting style of bright, symmetrical, abstract drawings reflecting daily life in El Salvador.

Llort is known for transforming the northern town of La Palma from an agriculturally driven community to one supported primarily by cultural tourism. Travelers visit La Palma to see the vivid murals that cover many of the walls, businesses, and homes, and to shop in approximately 100 stores selling wares inspired by Llort’s distinctive style. Travelers can also honor Llort's legacy by visiting his gallery, El Arbol de Dios, in the capital city San Salvador or participating in one of La Palma’s many art workshops. More information is available here.


New Beachfront Hotel Opening

Set to open this September, Acantilados is a new boutique hotel located on the beach in La Libertad. The intimate property features 19 sea-facing rooms, an on-site restaurant, a mixology bar offering a fusion of tropical flavors, coffee shop, and 24-hour gym with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. Guests of Acantilados can relax in one of two saltwater pools, including an infinity pool with pool bar located right on the cliff’s edge. The hotel will offer pupusa making workshops and surf classes and will also host weddings at the on-site chapel that can accommodate up to 90 people. More information is available here.

 

HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

Palo Verde Hotel

Located on the beach in the small surf town of El Zonte, Palo Verde Sustainable Hotel was designed with a commitment to environmental sustainability and community responsibility. Each of the hotel’s 10 rooms feature beds and linens made in El Salvador and refillable L’Occitane bath products. Rates include daily breakfast at the onsite Olor de Mar restaurant offering unparalled views of the Pacific Ocean and of El Zonte’s right-hand point break. Guests can sign up for surfing classes, yoga classes, and Spanish classes or relax by the infinity pool or tropical garden. More information is available here.

GETTING AROUND

New Direct Flights to El Salvador

Avianca and Volaris have announced new nonstop flights from key markets to San Salvador’s Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL).

This month, Avianca launched roundtrip service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) four times weekly. Flights to and from Boston depart on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Flights depart Orlando on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and return on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. More information is available here.

In October, Volaris will begin nonstop service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Flights depart Dulles twice weekly on Friday and Sunday and return on Thursday and Saturday. Flights depart New York City weekly on Monday with return flights available on Sunday. More information is available here.

Q & A

Aristides Luna

Regional Sales Manager – South USA, Avianca Airlines

What is one off-the-beaten path activity visitors must try?

Lago de Coatepeque offers visitors stunning lake views. There are places to hang out by the sparkling blue water and participate in water sports such as jet skiing.

List your top three favorite reasons to visit El Salvador, and why.

  • El Salvador has amazing traditional food dishes worth tasting including pupusas, which are considered the national dish.
  • From relaxing on one of many beautiful beaches to hiking through national parks, El Salvador offers a stunning natural diversity that delights guests.
  • The bustling capital of San Salvador offers visitors a fun evening atmosphere. Try one of the local restaurants and enjoy the city’s nightlife.

Where would you send a client to experience the rich culture of El Salvador?

Travelers should visit the town of Suchitoto to taste delicious pupusas and visit historical churches.

If you had just four words to describe El Salvador, what would they be?

A whole new world.

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