El Salvador

El Salvador is a small, densely populated country on the Pacific coast of Central America, sandwiched between Guatemala and Honduras. Like both those countries, it has significant problems with gang violence, which the government has tried and failed to tackle. It has many volcanoes, lakes and rainforests.

It has plenty of good beaches all along the coast, some of them surfing hotspots. It has two national parks, Cerro Verde and El Imposible, both in the west. The city of Santa Ana, ner the border with Guatemala, has a beautiful neo-gothic cathedral and is near the country's best Mayan ruins – Tazumal.

Country

El Salvador flag

Why you should go:

It has a beautiful landscape.

Why you shouldn't:

It has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Map of El Salvador