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San Salvador

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National Parks · Churches · Ruins
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes. The volcanic landscape has become a key area to explore when on holiday in San Salvador, with the dramatic topography wowing visitors during a number of popular day excursions. The city itself, as headlines across the world have told us, is currently struggling with violent gang-related crime, borne of huge disparities in wealth between neighborhoods. Areas to the east of town remain out-of-bounds for many, and warnings are not to be taken lightly. But the fine museums and galleries of the small city, along with a fun and welcoming commercial center, make San Salvador enriching and well worth exploring. Take the guesswork out of planning a El Salvador vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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San Salvador has a reputation as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, so it's important to think carefully about which neighborhood to stay in. Most hotels have good security measures and are located in safe neighborhoods, such as Colonia San Benito, Colonia Altamira, Colonia Escalon, and Colonia San Francisco. In these tree-lined suburbs, you can choose from a range of hostels and bed and breakfasts. Areas such as Zacamil, Ciudad Zelgado, and Mejicanos are considered unsafe and should be avoided.
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