El Salvador

Izalco Volcano from Cerro Verde National Park, El Salvador.

El Salvador is a small Central American country full of vibrancy and culture and a variety of nature to explore, from the vibrantly-colored Spanish towns to the coffee plantations gripping the walls of volcanoes. The notorious gang violence in El Salvador keep this deserving country in the center of Central America rather unexplored. The country offers delicious cuisine, culture, and Spanish language.The country features dark-sand beaches, world-class surfing experiences, and astonishingly untouched national parks, this country has a little something for all adventure enthusiasts.

The countryside of El Salvador is breathtaking, with volcanoes and mountains offering “green” adventurers exactly what they are looking for. Many of environmentally-oriented community-based organizations promote eco-tourism, and there are a number of beautiful and secluded beaches and forests scattered throughout the country.

El Salvadoran dinner with pupusas, fried plantains, tortilla chips, and yucca.

A well-maintained and sparsely populated national park is found in the west at Bosque El Imposible. Additionally, there is Montecristo Cloud Forest, and a quaint fishing village with incredible local hospitality and remote coconut islands in La Isla de Méndez. Isla de Olomega in the department of San Miguel is an excellent eco-tourism destination, as are the beautiful Isla El Cajete in Sonsonate, Isla San Sebastian, Conchagua, Conchaguita, Isla Conejo, Isla Teopan, and Isla Meanguera.

One should also visit the colonial towns of AtacoApanecaJuayuaPanchimalco, and Suchitoto as well as the Mayan sites of San Andrés, Joya de Cerén (The Pompeii of Central America and an UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Tazumal, whose main pyramid rises some 75 feet into the air. The on-site museum showcases artifacts from the Pipil culture (the builders of Tazumal), as well as paintings that illustrate life in pre-Hispanic El Salvador. Souvenir hunters will find some of the best artisans in San Juan el Espino and in La Palma (the artisan capital of El Salvador).

The capital, San Salvador, is a cosmopolitan city with good restaurants highlighting the country’s fresh seafood, as well as plenty of shopping, entertainment and nightlife.

San Miguel in the East offers tourists a more authentic way to see El Salvador by getting off the beaten track to see its countryside, coastline and lakes.

Spanish School El Zonte

By choosing Spanish School El Zonte, you support a project that is guided by the idea of sustainable tourism. We aim to support the community and the local people who work here. Therefore we pay our teachers fairly, and we pay our taxes. Also, we think it’s essential to support their professional development with further training.  We are aware that the quality of the lessons you receive is the most important thing. Our teachers work with our self designed learning manuals. But you can also bring your books etc..