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Overview

Bordering the Pacific Ocean between Honduras and Guatemala, El Salvador is the smallest of the Central American countries and also the most densely populated. Often overlooked by travelers since they associate El Salvador with war, people now need to be reminded that the civil war ended twenty years ago. When visitors do come to El Salvador, they're often pleasantly surprised with the wealth of intelligence in this country, not to mention pristine rainforests, cloud forests, lakes and active volcanoes. Best of all, you'll probably be alone at any of these locations since the country is still so unknown to the outside world. The one location where outsiders do tend to go is Punta Roca, where surfers flock. Punta Roca has one of the world's best point breaks. Still, it's hardly known, especially compared with competing—and not as good—surfing spots in Costa Rica. As for cities, San Salvador has excellent universities, museums, a throbbing nightclub and bar scene, as well as lots of live music. So El Salvador is worth a peek after all!

For tropical rainforest, head to Parque Nacional El Imposible. The unusual name came from its dangerous gorge where farmers and pack mules loaded down with coffee used to die on an unnervingly regular basis. Located up to 1500 meters above sea level in the Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountains, the park contains eight rivers and a massive variety of plant life. Just some of its exotic wildlife includes wild boards, pumas, harpy eagles and spider monkeys. Hiking trials run throughout much of the park but take rain gear and water proof boots as the trails are often muddy and the weather can be misty. To get to the park, the entrance is at San Benito, beyond San Miguelito. Make sure you visit the visitor center which is solar powered and has an extraordinary view of the ocean from its lookout tower.

Another highlight is Ruta de Las Flores, which is a 36 kilometer drive through coffee country, between Sonsonate and Ahuachapan. Wildflowers burst out in bloom in astonishing color between October and February—take your camera—and you can also make lots of stops along the way in colonial villages where the locals are friendly and happy to see tourists—since they don't get many of them! The region also has horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. If you don't have a car, you can take a bus along the route, with the bus making stops along the way in the villages of Apaneca, Ataco and Juayua.

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