El Salvador is known for its stunning Pacific beaches, surf spots, and mountainous landscape. Must-do Ruta de Las Flores is a winding route past coffee farms, rainforests with waterfalls, and towns like Juayúa, with its weekend food festival, plus Ataco, home to vivid murals. The capital, San Salvador, is accompanied by a dramatic backdrop of volcanoes and has numerous museums as well as the National Theater.
"El Salvador suffers horribly from bad press. While gang violence still dominates international headlines (and keeps so many adventurous travelers at bay), the vast majority of this beautiful country remains untouched by the troubles." -Lonely Planet