El Salvador is often overshadowed by its neighbors when people think of destinations in Central America. However, with its truly unique geographical features, diverse wildlife and rich cultural history all packed into 8,124 square miles, El Salvador is the embodiment of the phrase “small but mighty.”

With few tourist crowds, travelers who choose this destination are given an up-close and personal encounter. Experience El Salvador’s natural wonders on land and by sea. Visit the mighty volcanoes rising up from the ground in Volcanoes National Park, or venture through the rainforest of El Imposible National Park. Down by the ocean, explore El Salvador’s Pacific beaches, surf spots and coastal estuaries.

El Salvador is home to over 800 animal species, including butterflies; birds like toucans, quetzals, sandpipers, herons, hummingbirds, and parakeets; monkeys; and sea turtles. See them in their natural habitat by going to the country’s many reserves and national parks.

Experience rich Mayan culture through archeological sites and well-preserved artifacts in the country’s many museums. Walk through El Salvador’s many colonial towns to get an authentic look into what daily life is like for its residents.