Joya de Ceren: Located 15 miles from San Salvador,
Joya de Ceren is the best-preserved domestic archaeological site in
the Americas, and both the ruins and the museum next door are good
places to learn what everyday life was like here 1,500 years ago.
Cerro Verde National Park: Located west of San
Salvador and above the mountain lake of Lago de Coatepeque, the
woodland highlands of the park are home to more than 120 species of
birds. The park lodge looks out on the 6,200-foot Izalco volcano,
and visitors can climb to its rim.
Ilobasco and more: El Salvador's crafts are
arts to discover, and Friday is market day; east of San Salvador,
Ilobasco, famous for miniature clay and hand-painted ceramics and
San Sebastian, specializing in textile crafts such as hammocks and
bedspreads; north of the capital, La Palma, a center for
brightly-painted wood carvings and hand-embroidered tapestries.
Costa del Sol: An hour south of San Salvador on
the Pacific coast lie El Salvador's best beaches. Expert surfers,
for whom the country is a sporting mecca, flock here in search of
the perfect wave. They find it most often at El Zunzal beach.El Salvador Fast FactsCapital City: San SalvadorArea: 8,124 square miles (approximate size of
state of Massachusetts)Country population: 6 millionLanguage: SpanishEntry requirements: Valid passport, tourist
card issued on arrival $10)Currency: ColonLocal Time: Central Standard (Greenwich Mean
Time -6)International Phone Code: 503Recommended guidebook: Mexico and Central
America Handbook, Footprint HandbooksInformation: Embassy of El Salvador (202)
265-9671, ext. 231