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Now through November is peak sea turtle nesting season in El Salvador. Four species of sea turtles nest along the country’s coast including the hawksbill, leatherback, green, and olive ridley. At Jiquilisco Bay, the country’s largest mangrove area and an important coastal marine ecosystem, visitors can participate in a sea turtle conservation program in partnership with ProCosta. The NGO seeks to reduce the threats faced by endangered species in the coastal zone by promoting conservation values, improving local livelihoods, and conducting scientific research. Visitors can participate in the program by helping to locate the turtles, tag and measure them for research, and release them back into the water. More information is available here.

HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

Located in Jiquilisco Bay just two hours by car from San Salvador, Puerto Barillas Marina & Lodge features six apartments, four treehouses, and easy access to fun activities based in the tropical paradise. Guests can lounge by the pool, visit the monkey sanctuary, participate in a sea turtle conservation program, tour a cacao plantation, and more. More information is available here.

GETTING AROUND

As Central America’s smallest country, El Salvador offers a wide array of travel experiences accessible within a short period of time. The country’s StopOver program allows travelers with layovers of five hours or more to get out of the airport and explore coastal attractions, historic cultural sites, and volcanic mountains, all less than an hour away from the international airport by car. Take a 45-minute drive to the coast for a surf lesson or to San Salvador for a tour of the historic center and El Boqueron Volcano. More information is available here.

Q & A

Daniella Celarié

Operations Manager, GreenBlueRed.com

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

One off-the-beaten path activity travelers must try is the In-Water Sea Turtle Monitoring at Jiquilisco Bay. Generally, east El Salvador is not as visited by tourists – mostly due to the lack of ‘’touristic infrastructure,’’ but that is actually one of the reasons I believe visitors get such an authentic and exciting experience.

Located in Usulután, Jiquilisco Bay is a gem. One of three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves found in El Salvador, travelers will find something that captivates them; the most special activity to do here is the In-Water Sea Turtle Monitoring. Hosted by a local non-profit, this activity allows visitors to be biologists for a day. Participants get to capture an adult sea turtle, study it, learn about the species, and then release it back into the water. Additionally, they get to learn about the organization and community’s conservational efforts, all whilst being surrounded by the beauty of Jiquilisco Bay and El Salvador’s volcanic scenery.

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

El Salvador is authentic – Because of our newness as a tourism destination, El Salvador still enjoys crowd-free locations and attractions, which add to a genuine experience of the local everyday life.

El Salvador is friendly – Salvadorans love to have friends over! And I believe that is how we see and welcome tourists. We are eager to show travelers the positive side of our country and what El Salvador and its people are truly about.

El Salvador is time-effective – Short time to visit? El Salvador will show you a fun time in just a few days! Whether it’s going to the volcanoes, to the beach, or both on the same day, visitors can get a great experience in just a little getaway.

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

I believe one very true representation of El Salvador is the colonial town of Suchitoto. Suchitoto is known as “The Cultural Capital of El Salvador,” but this town has seen major cultural changes since the Mayans. It has been through the hardship of war, and now it is seen as a landmark that represents the beauty of our country. To me, all of that speaks to the resilience of the Salvadoran people.

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

Authentic, Enriching, Exciting, Indelible.

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