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Celebrate Art and Culture in Suchitoto

In celebration of the annual Festival of Art and Culture taking place this month, El Salvador invites travelers to discover the rich cultural offerings found in its cultural capital of Suchitoto. Now through March 9, public presentations of film, theater, music and opera will take place at the Alejandro Cotto Theater. In its 29th year, special performances include The Gold Brooch Gala Night when the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Theatre buffs can experience productions of "Sleeping Beauty," "Elson Portillo" and "Carmen." More information on year-round art and cultural offerings in the town of Suchitoto is available here.


Taste the Flavor of Courage with Santo Coraje craft beers

Santo Coraje, which translates to “Holy Courage,” is a craft brewery in El Salvador launched by Cecilia Cruz, the country’s only female Master Brewer. Cruz received her brewing training in Germany, and, as a result, Santo Coraje’s nine beers are inspired by German tradition and adapted to please the Salvadoran palate. Signature brews include Porter or Carrier, known for its notes of coffee and chocolate, and the fruit-forward Brown Ale. Santo Coraje beer is sold in 20 Salvadoran restaurants and bars, and beer lovers can also sample Santo Coraje during the country’s second largest craft beer festival on March 16. More information on Santo Coraje is available here.


Hotel Misión de Angeles

The cozy town of Concepción de Ataco lies in western El Salvador, an area known for its parks and native culture. Higher in altitude, boutique Hotel Misión de Angeles’ literal name means “place of springs up in the mountains.” The hotel’s 20 guestrooms are complete with views of sprawling hills and coffee plantations. Guests can relax in Salvadorian sunshine in the central plaza or at Viva Espresso Coffee Shop. The property is modern in design, yet adapted to seamlessly blend in with the palette of the colonial town, which is easy to explore on foot from the hotel. More information is available here.


Are your clients ready to plan a trip to El Salvador? Here are a few tips to help prepare them for their visit. El Salvador’s official currency is the US dollar, eliminating the need for tricky monetary conversions. A $10 USD tourist card is required upon entry at the airport (cash only). The country has a warm climate year-round, but it can get colder in the mountainous regions. Layering is recommended, as well as packing a few conservative outfits to wear when visiting the historical churches. Traveling along one of the nine established tourist routes helps visitors experience the best of the country. More information is available here.

Q & A

Cecilia Cruz

Master Brewer, Santo Coraje

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

Visit Cerro Verde National Park, which is located just an hour from San Salvador. The park is surrounded by three volcanoes, and a hiking tour departs daily at 11:00 am.

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

El Salvador is Central America’s smallest country, so visitors can experience a lot in a small amount of time. Also, the food is excellent. There are great options for vegetarians, as corn, beans, rice, cheese, and tropical fruits are popular ingredients here. And, do not forget that we are a country of excellent coffee! Finally, El Salvador is a great destination for different kinds of travel. For those seeking more extreme sports, try rappelling, scuba diving, or white water rafting. Looking to relax? Chill on a beach with amazing sunset views. History buffs can visit Mayan ruins and learn about our civil war by visiting an ex-guerilla turned park ranger.

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

If you only have time for a city visit, go to San Salvador’s old town. The historic buildings make for a photographer’s dream. Add to this a visit to Antiguo Cuscatlan to grab some traditional pupusas, and you are good to go!

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

Impressive, sunny, adventurous, and friendly

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