Seems like fate has long been plotting against El Salvador. Not only is it the smallest of the Central American countries, the only one without an Atlantic coastline, and perhaps the only one on Earth for which an unlucky game of soccer ended up in a war (so they believe), but also one pestered with all sorts of cataclysms and widely associated with endemic criminal activity. Certainly, most travelers to El Salvador experience no safety or security problems (though it's good to have an eye on the ball), plus location on the disaster-prone Central American isthmus comes with a privilege of views that simply escape the description of just how heart-melting they are.
Two volcanic ranges, running roughly west to east, and fertile valleys, such as that of Lempa, in between- trek it, hike it, bike it, or just lie belly-up onshore of Lake Coatepeque, soak in its hot springs and plan where you're going to have your pupusa this time. Venture into the cloud forest of Parque Nacional Montecristo-El Trifinio. Delve into history in Perquín, whose Museum of the Revolution will yield all secrets of the civil war era. Walk through La Puerta del Diablo (Devil's Door), which, despite its malevolent name, provides a sublime panorama of a chunk of El Salvador's glorious countryside. Hit the wave in the surfing meccas of La Libertad, El Sunzal, El Zonte and the wild El Este, which are gradually transforming El Salvador into a Central American surf tourism hot-spot. Party big style and savor the culture in gritty San Salvador (don't miss Fiestas Agostinas if you happen to be around in the first week of August ), but most importantly, set your radar on Suchitoto. Its cobbled streets, colonial ambiance, restaurants, parks and galleries will make you feel at home away from home. And it's just a stone's throw to chilling Lake Suchitlán, refreshing Los Tercios waterfall, bumpy woodland trails fit for horseback rides, and Los Nacimientos organic farm offering to eco-tourists exactly what they are looking for: a tranquil spot, some quality food, and a friendly Salvatrucho to throw the bull with over a glass of kolachampan .
Some appraise a nation's virtues with regard to the general level of safety, the quality of life, and opportunities for broadly defined development. Some favor the aesthetic value. Others say the best measure of a country is its people and how much they have suffered throughout history. Yet another one will claim a country is superb as long as you call it home. Don't take things for granted and give El Salvador a go. If you don't like it, at least you're going to have reasonable grounds to do so. But if you by any chance profess a suitable measure, you'll no doubt make yourself at home here.