What’s New

Hyatt Place Hotel Opens in San Salvador

San Salvador welcomed the openings of several new hotels this fall including a 130-room Fairfield by Marriott and a 138-room Hyatt Place. Hyatt Place San Salvador is part of the Las Cascadas shopping center, just 15 minutes from Zona Rosa, one of the city’s top entertainment districts. The center provides guests with easy access to a variety of new shops and restaurants with four floors of the six-level building dedicated to the 138-room hotel. The hotel is located 10 minutes from the U.S. Embassy and 30 minutes from El Salvador’s international airport.


Minister of Tourism Shares Expectations for 2018

El Salvador recently hosted the 11th annual Central America Travel Market (CATM), one of Central America’s largest travel trade shows. More than 100 wholesalers gathered to meet and interact with standout destinations representatives such as José Napoleón Duarte Durán, Minister of Tourism for El Salvador, who greeted attendees and answered questions. During his time there, Mr. Duarte shared the exciting news that El Salvador has seen an increase in visitors across all source markets for 2017. The greatest increase has been seen in the U.S. and Canada with an accumulated growth of almost 6% from 2016, this summer alone registering a 10% growth. Mr. Durán says the ministry has been placing a special emphasis on multi-destination travel as they work closely with neighboring countries Guatemala and Honduras to promote tourism for an international market.

HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

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 up in altitude, boutique Hotel Misión de Angeles’ literal name means “place of springs up in the mountains.” The 20 guestrooms arecomplete with views of sprawling hills and coffee plantations. Hotel guests can enjoy the sounds of nature, relax in the central plaza, and enjoy outdoor seating and beverages at the 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.

GETTING AROUND

Drive One of Nine Featured Routes

El Salvador has nine featured routes that highlight the country’s top attractions. On the Artisan Route, travelers learn about signature arts and crafts of multiple towns then have the chance to try them during hands-on lessons. Travelers can also see the country’s natural beauty along the Flowers Route, taste the country’s signature coffee on the Coffee Route, learn about the “Pompeii of the Americas” on the Archaeological Route, or surf on the Sun and Beach Route. More information and booking options are available here.

Q & A

Kiki Landaverde

Corporate Account Executive, Sal & Luz Hotel

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

It’s hard to pick just one. Outside of the must-do surfing and volcano hiking, visitors should see the turtle releasing at Jiquilisco Biosphere Reserve. Bahia Jiquilisco is the country’s largest coastal estuary with mangrove-lined inlets and canals. Visitors are able to spend a full day sailing with researchers, measuring, tagging and releasing endangered sea turtles. Or, visitors may opt for boat tours through the mangroves as they spot different species of turtles, fish and birds.

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

  • The great exchange rate and affordability of high quality accommodations make El Salvador a fantastic destination for people of all ages.
  • The friendly people will make you feel welcome immediately. Whether exploring San Salvador or walking through towns like Suchitoto, they are happy to share their traditions and everyday life.
  • And finally, the diverse landscape. Because of El Salvador’s small size, it’s possible to see the varying landscape within just a few days. Hike volcanoes one day, and surf the Pacific Coast the next. Of the various volcanoes you may hike, those seeking a more active experience may tackle the moderate to difficult path to the top of Santa Ana volcano. This is the highest and steepest in the country.

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

In one trip, I would send a client to the beautiful beaches we have in El Salvador, then on to the Mayan Route and finally to the different volcanoes.

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

Friendly. Supportive. Attentive. Happy.

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