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Cruise Ship Arrivals on the Rise

El Salvador Tourism is thrilled to report a 100 percent increase in the amount of cruise ship arrivals over 2016. El Salvador has two main ports – Acajutla on the Pacific coast and La Unión in the Gulf of Fonseca, located at the foot of the volcano Conchagua. The ports welcome travelers from all over the globe. In 2017, 33 percent of El Salvador’s international cruise arrivals came from North America, the second largest amount of visitors behind Asia at 38 percent.

Acajutla is one of the most modern cruise port facilities in Central America, featuring three wharves with the capacity to accommodate ships up to 270 meters in length. Once a vessel docks at Acajutla, activities available can include a Santa Ana Volcano hike, surf lessons at black sand beach Playa El Tunco or a colonial city tour at Panchimalco. All of which are all only two hours or less from the port by car.

Cruise lines that incorporate Acajutla and La Union on their voyages, include Princess Cruises, Silversea Expeditions, Saga Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.


Museums of El Salvador

El Salvador is host to myriad museums, the most recent development seen in Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Temático (Railway Museum and Theme Park), which has been remodeled and will debut its new facilities in 2018. The charm of this museum is the quality condition of its pieces, which provide fantastic insight to the evolution of the country’s transport. Also in San Salvador is Museo de Arte, a museum of rotating and permanent exhibits, showcasing a particularly interesting look into the art of the country’s civil war period with the famous towering stone mosaic “Monument to the Revolution.” Those looking for a closer look into the indigenous communities of El Salvador will be most interested in Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzmán, where ancient tools, weapons, pottery and ceramic artifacts offer an intriguing glimpse into their lives.

HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

Boca Olas Resort Villas

Located along the Pacific Ocean and black sand beaches of El Tunco, Boca Olas Resort Villas is part of a charming beach community that provides visitors with a wonderful paseo along the ocean and surfers quality waves. Boca Olas is host to 22 beautifully designed rooms, six modern villas with fully equipped kitchens, private patio dining and a poolside bar for sunset cocktails. When not lounging, guests may walk a short distance to an assortment of restaurants and shops, or utilize Boca Olas’ hotel concierge to arrange guided tours to El Salvador’s volcanos, coffee plantations, Mayan ruins or pristine crater lakes.

GETTING AROUND

Allure of Direct Flights

The easy connectivity to El Salvador is just one of the attractive features that places the country on the map as a top travel destination. There are 11 direct flights from North America to San Salvador from major cities: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C. If only in El Salvador for a few days, it’s easy to travel from San Salvador’s Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to the historic center for a city tour, admire the beautiful Iglesia El Rosario church, try the local pupusas and hike the rim of the Boqueron volcano.

Q & A

Carlos Velasco

President, GreenBlueRed.com

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

El Salvador as a country can be considered as an off-the-beaten path in itself. The East side of the country, in particular, is the least developed area, but offers the best beaches of the country along with beautiful mangroves and bays. The sea turtle experience is a must in this area, as well as a traditional boat ride through the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca where you will enjoy views of the volcanoes and also witness the daily fishing activities of the local people.

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

  • The authenticity of the destination. El Salvador is in the early stages of tourism development, offering amazing opportunities to experience the local lifestyle.
  • A wide variety of places to visit and things to do in a very small territory. You can visit colonial towns, hike volcanoes, explore archaeological sites, collect and taste gourmet coffee, trek in cloud and tropical forests, help conservation of sea turtles and much more.
  • The short travel distance from the United States along with more than 10 US cities offering nonstop flights to El Salvador. You can have an easy weekend escapade to El Salvador!

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

I would send a client to the area of Suchitoto and the Flower Route. Suchitoto offers a special type of craft made with the use of indigo, a natural blue colorant obtained from a plant. It is a very important component of the history of El Salvador. And, on the Flower Route, you can experience several charming towns each with its own identity and crafts. It’s also one of the most important areas for coffee production.

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

Authentic, meaningful, unspoiled, friendly.

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