Best Places for Backpackers in El Salvador.

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Land of Volcanoes: Lamatepec

As many of you may know El Salvador is the smallest country located in Central America, but guess what? Is a country where you can find great volcanoes so this time we went to visit, in my opinion, the best volcano ever! And you will learn why. You can go by bus or by car to The Volcanoes National Park located between Santa Ana and Sonsonate. I would recommend you go by car, there is a secure parking lot so you can leave the car in a safe place. You pay for the entrance like $5 per person or less and you can choose to visit Lamatepec or Izalco Volcano. Well, Lamatepec is easier to hike than Izalco. And at the top of Izalco you don´t have anything but the great view. (Wait for it) Best way to hike Lamatepec Volcano Around 11 am the tour begins, but you have to be there like 1 hour before that time, you have to start walking to descend “El Cerro verde” there are so many steps going down that you will think that it´s gonna be easy, that´s what I thought the first time I went. And after 15 minutes going down, you have to start walking all the way up to the Lamatepec volcano. So this is what happens, you start walking and walking and you won´t see anything but trees. This is gonna last for 1 hour if you keep your pace. Then you start seeing a lot of big rocks and fewer trees so there are another 30 minutes of that, you will feel how the temperature is changing, how you suddenly start feeling the wind and the view, is getting better. You get to see a lot of paths made of rocks that is exactly where a river runs when it rains, also you get to see that the end of the hike is coming because you don´t see trees anymore, you only get to see rocks. This is the difficult part of the trip. Because you are tired and your legs are feeling a little bit shaky. However let me tell you my friend: the best part is coming.

Ana Cea

The 7 best places to visit in El Salvador

El Salvador is a country in the American continent, specifically in the Central American region. It has a host of places that delight the eyes of anyone. If you want to travel to this country or just want to know a little about this amazing place, you have come to the right place. On this occasion, I will show you the best 7 best places to visit in El Salvador. The election has been really difficult because there are so many wonderful places, but here they are.

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Land of Volcanoes: Lamatepec

As many of you may know El Salvador is the smallest country located in Central America, but guess what? Is a country where you can find great volcanoes so this time we went to visit, in my opinion, the best volcano ever! And you will learn why. You can go by bus or by car to The Volcanoes National Park located between Santa Ana and Sonsonate. I would recommend you go by car, there is a secure parking lot so you can leave the car in a safe place. You pay for the entrance like $5 per person or less and you can choose to visit Lamatepec or Izalco Volcano. Well, Lamatepec is easier to hike than Izalco. And at the top of Izalco you don´t have anything but the great view. (Wait for it) Best way to hike Lamatepec Volcano Around 11 am the tour begins, but you have to be there like 1 hour before that time, you have to start walking to descend “El Cerro verde” there are so many steps going down that you will think that it´s gonna be easy, that´s what I thought the first time I went. And after 15 minutes going down, you have to start walking all the way up to the Lamatepec volcano. So this is what happens, you start walking and walking and you won´t see anything but trees. This is gonna last for 1 hour if you keep your pace. Then you start seeing a lot of big rocks and fewer trees so there are another 30 minutes of that, you will feel how the temperature is changing, how you suddenly start feeling the wind and the view, is getting better. You get to see a lot of paths made of rocks that is exactly where a river runs when it rains, also you get to see that the end of the hike is coming because you don´t see trees anymore, you only get to see rocks. This is the difficult part of the trip. Because you are tired and your legs are feeling a little bit shaky. However let me tell you my friend: the best part is coming.

Ana Cea

Top 23 hostels in El Salvador.

There are 23 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in El Salvador.

San José Hostal

San José Hostal

We are a Comfortable and high quality Hotel located in a secure and well spotted location in San Salvador Our location is near 4 restaurants within safe walking distance at night (about 1 minute walk) as well as an easily accessible ATM (about 2 minute walk) that is also secure and within walking

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Hostel Casa Verde Santa Ana

Hostel Casa Verde Santa Ana

The one 7-bed dorms have sturdy, large beds as well and a luggage stand / towel rack next to them. Each dorm has a separate bathroom for women and for men with powerful showers that provide hot water the whole day. Each bed has its own individual ventilator attached to the ceiling. There are two

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La Casa Mazeta

La Casa Mazeta

We offer you four private rooms and one 6-bed dorm : - Private room no.1, ´La Piña´ has a double bed and a large private patio consisting of open-air hot water shower and toilet, plus patio furniture and hammocks. - Private room no.2, the Garden Room, is tucked away in the corner of our tropical g

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Surf House Playa El Tunco

Surf House Playa El Tunco

Welcome to Surf House Playa El Tunco

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Hostal Cumbres del Volcan

Hostal Cumbres del Volcan

We are a small Hotel with both Hostel/Dorm rooms and private rooms in a traditional Salvadoran house. We have a mix of private rooms, two (1 double and 1 triple) have Queen size beds, AC, Cable TV, and Private hot water bath. The other two private rooms are lower priced rooms with shared bath.

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La Zona Hostel

La Zona Hostel

We do our best to provide travellers an affordable, clean and comfortable place to stay! Since we're such a cool hostel, we like that our guests mingle with each other, that's why we provide dorms with 6 beds in each, but if you're looking for more privacy we also have private rooms and -if more

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Villa Florencia Centro

Villa Florencia Centro

Villa Florencia Centro is located in a historical concept ready to offer a good service to all our guests, has 26 rooms including single, double and triple rooms. We are a Hotel with quality and pleasant atmosphere to attend tourists and business people. The Villa Florencia has a cafeteria-style res

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Hostal Cumbres del Volcan Flor Blanca

Hostal Cumbres del Volcan Flor Blanca

Hostal Cumbres del Volcan, Flor Blanca is a small friendly hotel owned by a retired American and his Salvadoran wife. Our facility was formerly the historic Lopez Mansion which we have beautifully and faithfully restored with new hot & cold plumbing, and 4 new bathrooms in addition to the original 3

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Casa Frolaz

Casa Frolaz

The difference to conventional hostels is that you will have the opportunity to contact with real Salvadorian people & talk about our countries, lives or local culture, share your experiences and adventures, or simply practice Spanish language. A place to exchange experiences, sleep, taste local

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Papaya Lodge

Papaya Lodge

Papaya Lodge is the largest and most popular property in the city for backpackers. There is quite a large social atmosphere here, so if you are looking to make some friends and meet people. In the common areas have a television room, with multiple cable channels, an abundance of DVD’s and some books

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Hotel Juayua

Hotel Juayua

Hotel Juayua has the perfect location to escape from the daily routine and enjoy a relaxing time in our rustic rooms surrounded by hills, coffee plantations and volcanoes. The warmth and unique details of our decor transform our environment, making it a unique and cosy place with magic and own brill

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Casa de Canela

Casa de Canela

Casa de Canela has everything you need to enjoy your time here. Our fully stocked kitchen is perfect for preparing meals. There's WiFi, great lighting, a pool table, towels, comfy beds and nice pillows! We also have lockers. Located in the center of the small fishing village of El Cuco, our place

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Ximena

Ximena's Guest House

Ximena's Guest House is a cozy property in a residential neighborhood just two blocks off the main drive; Blvd. de Los Heroes. The combination of peace and tranquility and easy access to bus departures to all corners of the country makes Ximena's a great choice for lodging. This is a safe area a

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El Balsamo

El Balsamo

El Balsamo is Dutch/Salvadorian owned. Situated in the town of El Sunzal, next to el Tunco and 10km from La Libertad, and at only 200 meters from the most consistent Sunzal pointbreak! It has; -New and stylish private rooms with a big private bathrooms, private terras with hammocks. -Cheap p

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Capricho Beach House

Capricho Beach House

Capricho Beach House is a small hotel situated at the beach front of the peninsula Barra de Santiago. This cozy and relaxed place is made in ecological style with palm thatched roofs, rustic motifs, wooden beams and the four rooms share a cool corridor overlooking the beach. The spectacular natural

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Tropicalsurflodge Hotel

Tropicalsurflodge Hotel

An ocean front paradise in the surf beach El Cocal located in La Libertad El Salvador. Beautiful construction in harmony with nature and a lot of vegetation. Rooms are comfortable with all you need to have a great vacation. Visit Tropical Surfing Lodge El Salvador, come and enjoy our promotions

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Joan

Joan's Hostel

Joan's Hostel offers private and shared rooms with free internet WiFi connection, a room with cable TV and terrace to meet other guests. All our rooms are spacious, clean and modern. There is a fan, big lockers and toilets private or shared depending of the room type. We work hard to maintain hi

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Hotel San Mateo

Hotel San Mateo

Hotel San Mateo is conveniently located in the heart of San Salvadors commercial district, 10 minutes away from Central Americas biggest shopping center. Only 40 minutes away from El Salvadors International Airport, 5 minutes away to international restaurants, near to sports centers, universities

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Guess House El litoral

Guess House El litoral

Guess House El litoral offers newly build one-bed room apartments in Zacatecoluca. Available for daily basis rent, the apartments have a large master bedroom suit with a single queen-size bed for two persons a large living room, dining room and a full bathroom with hot shower. Also comfortable equip

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Hotel Tazumal House

Hotel Tazumal House

private bathroom (hot water), air conditioning, cable TV. Facilities include - Complimentary Breakfast - Free Internet Access - Free WiFi - Credit Cards Accepted - Children Friendly - Telephone/Fax Facilities - Parking - 24 Hour Security. ------------

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Hostal San Benito. Zona Rosa

Hostal San Benito. Zona Rosa

In this beautiful hostel, you can clearly see a particular atmosphere, warm and intimate, relaxing and welcoming. The kind of atmosphere that gives you the feeling of being at home, where every detail is made with passion, where each space deserves to be discovered. Hotel Boutique San Benito is a

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Casa Coral

Casa Coral

Casa Coral is a hostel located in the fishing village of Los Cobanos, in western El Salvador. We offer affordable accommodation in a comfortable, secure and homely environment. Casa Coral has everything a backpacker could need, here you will have the opportunity to live with local people, taste the

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El Salvador Travel Guides

Land of Volcanoes: Lamatepec

As many of you may know El Salvador is the smallest country located in Central America, but guess what? Is a country where you can find great volcanoes so this time we went to visit, in my opinion, the best volcano ever! And you will learn why. You can go…

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The 7 best places to visit in El Salvador

El Salvador is a country in the American continent, specifically in the Central American region. It has a host of places that delight the eyes of anyone. If you want to travel to this country or just want to know a little about this amazing place, you have come to…

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COSTA RICA: Central and Pacific Coast

We landed in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica at 03:00 am due to our flight being 6 hours delayed (yes, 6 hours, but 2 free airport meals as compensation). We took a cab to our hostel for that night (Hostel Bekuo) and finally got some rest. Our plan for…

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El Boqueron National Park - El Salvador

The beginning of the adventure I have visited El Boqueron National park twice, and I must say it always amazes me how beautiful it is. The first time I went there was more than ten years ago, and I remember climbing through many lanes and everything being so dusty and…

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Guatemala: Episodes of a Trip

We all have an adventure, a knowledge, an opinion, a memory, an episode to tell… These are the Episodes of a Trip: Guatemala You can watch the video here:  Click Here to Follow Instagram Any question send an email for: [email protected] Before I talk a little about my paths and adventures,…

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