El Salvador Travel Overview
Capital: San Salvador (See more on SIMPLYYELLOWPAGES.COM)
Official language: Spanish
Continent: Central North America
Mecca for backpackers
El Salvador offers a lot for those who go on a journey of discovery!
According to Countryaah, El Salvador borders Guatemala, Honduras and the Pacific. The country is not very well developed for tourism. However, it offers many options for individual travelers and backpackers.
However, you should have travel experience, as you will have to make your own way in El Salvador. What awaits you are forgotten ruins of the Mayan culture off the main trade routes.
To national courts include Maisbreis with beans and cooked meat.
Capital: San Salvador
Official language: Spanish
Colon (100 Centavos)
ISO 4217 code
SVC / 222
Dollars (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
USD / 840
Continent: North America
Geo coordinates: N 13 ° 47 ‘39.1 ” W -88 ° -53’ -47.5″
Highest mountain: El Pital (2,730 m)
Total area: 21,040 km²
Mainland: 20,720 km²
National border: 545 km
Coastline: 307 km
Dependency: Spain until 1821
UN member since: 1945
Other political affiliation: Organization of American States
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Coffee, cotton, sugar
BSP: $ 16,433,000,000
GDP: $ 16,947,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 32.74 billion
Economic growth: 3.1%
GDP share of agriculture: 9.6%
GDP share of industry: 30.6%
GDP share of services: 59.8%
Inflation rate: 4.2%
State budget revenue: $ 3.036 billion
State budget expenditure: $ 3374 billion
National debt: 48.2%
Export: $ 3,911,000,000
Import: $ 7,217,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,788,000,000
Electricity consumption: 4,630 million KWh
Oil consumption: 41,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 43.19%
Bovine: 1,550,000 pieces
Pigs: 137,000 pieces
Fishing: 24,900 t
Residents in cities: 4,022,300
Average age: 21.8 years
0-14 years: 36.3%
15-64 years: 58.5%
> 65 years: 5.2%
Population growth: 1.72%
Birth rate: April 27 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 5.78 / 1,000 residents
Migration: -3.61 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.95
Fertility: 3.12 children / woman
Infant mortality: 24.39 ‰
Life expectancy men: 67.22 years
Life expectancy women: 75.28 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: SV
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: SLV
ISO 3166 numeric: 222
Top Level Domain: sv
IOC country code: ESA
UN / LOCODE: SV
Telephone connections: 934,000
Cell Phones: 1,589,000
Internet users: 920,000
Railway lines: 283 km
Paved roads: 2,167 km
Expressways: 327 km
Number of doctors: 8,590
Daily food intake: 2,690 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 33,000
Last sovereign since: 1821
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 12,600
Armed forces (troop strength): 15,000
Defense Spending: $ 163.6 million
Arriving by plane
Avianca (AV) flies to neighboring Central American countries and the USA. Other airlines that operate El Salvador include American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA), COPA (CM), Delta (DL), Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) and Air France (AF).
When leaving, US $ 22 (Embarcation Tax) + Immigration Tax: US $ 2.65. Transit passengers and children under 2 years of age are excluded.
Arrival by car
Long- distance bus: Buses from Transportes Mermex (www.transmermex.com.sv) operate between El Salvador and Guatemala. Pullmantur (www.pullmantur.com) offers connections from Guatemala City and Tegucigalpa (Honduras) to San Salvador. Transnica buses (www.transnica.com) run from Managua (Nicaragua) to San Salvador. Ticabus buses (Internet: www.ticabus.com) connect El Salvador with Guatemala and Tapachula (Mexico) as well as with Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Arriving by train
There are currently no train connections to Guatemala. Details from the embassy.
Arrival by ship
La Unión, La Libertad and Acajutla on the Pacific are the largest ports.
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
There are currently no scheduled domestic flights.
On the way by car / bus
About a third of the 12,000 km long road network is paved or paved in such a way that the roads are weatherproof. However, the road conditions are different. Particular care is required with open manhole covers. It should only be driven during the day and only with the doors locked. The national automobile club Automóvil Club de El Salvador (Tel: 22 31 55 55; www.aces.com.sv) has agreements with other international automobile clubs and provides further information.
Long-distance bus: The main form of transport in El Salvador is the bus. There are good connections between the larger cities. Taxisdo not have a taximeter, so the fare should be agreed in advance. Big hotels have their own taxi services. Buses and taxis are often in a critical technical condition.
Rental cars are available in San Salvador and at the airport. Travelers should limit themselves to the main roads and avoid driving inland and in the dark.
Documentation: international driver’s license. A foreign vehicle can be driven in the country for up to 30 days, after which a permit from the customs and transport authorities is required for a further 60 days. Since there is no compulsory liability insurance, we recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance.
Traveling in the city
Public buses run regularly, but are often overcrowded and in poor technical condition.
On the go by train
The network of the state railway company FENADESAL (Ferrocarriles Nacionales de El Salvador) (Internet www.fenadesal.gob.sv) is around 560 km long and connects San Salvador with Acajutla, Cutuco, San Jerónimo and Angiuatú. However, due to the expansion of the roads, the railway lost its importance in the passenger and freight sector. There are currently no passenger trains.