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National Pupusas Day

In 2005, Salvadoran Legislative Assembly declared pupusas the national dish of El Salvador. Pupusas are prepared with corn rice or rice dough, and are most commonly stuffed with pumpkin, pork crackling, cheese or a mixture of beans. They can also be stuffed with cheese and chipilín flowers, which are native to Central America. On the second Sunday of November each year, the country celebrates National Pupusas Day. Travelers can visit Antiguo Cuscatlán, which became famous for obtaining the Guinness World Record for cooking the largest pupusa in the world. Learn more about El Salvador’s most delicious dish here.


 

A New Marine Plaza Set to Open in La Libertad

El Salvador’s Minister of Tourism, Mr. José Napoleón Duarte Durán, recently signed an order to start construction of the Marine Plaza as part of the Tourism Development Program of the Coastal Maritime Strip between Usulután and La Libertad. The plaza is scheduled to be completed within one year and will consist of more than 20 restaurants, local arts and crafts vendors, a marina and more. More information is available here.

HOTEL SPOTLIGHT

Puro Surf Hotel & Performance Academy

Perched on a cliff in front El Salvador’s world-class point break, Puro Surf Hotel and Performance Academy was founded by a group of passionate surfers. Each of the hotel’s 13 rooms boast floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up to views of the Pacific Ocean. Hotel guests have access to the academy facilities, which include surf lessons for all levels, a gym, yoga studio, carver skate park, and a lap pool. The on-site, open-air restaurant Covana features local flavors created with fresh ingredients sourced from surrounding farms and fishermen. More information is available here.

GETTING AROUND

Layover Excursions

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 beloved to surfers, 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

Fabiola Martínez

Director of Operations, Acantilados

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

I suggest having a day dedicated to adventure. Scuba dive one of the lakes and hike one of the volcanoes.

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

  • Because of the people: Salvadorans are distinguished by their kindness, helpfulness and hardworking attitude.
  • Beautiful natural resources: El Salvador has a lot to give and show, including beaches with amazing waves, rainforests, small villages, mountains, lakes, etc.
  • Distance: Everything is nearby. You can have breakfast in the city, lunch on the lake and dinner on the beach.

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

The Flower Route -- 'Ruta de las Flores'

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

Cozy. Adventurous. Heavenly. Welcoming.

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