Is El Salvador Safe to Travel?

Are you passionate about adventure? You should travel to El Salvador, a much underrated Central American country, and dispel the travel myths that exist. It’s Central America’s most densely populated country, and thus you should expect a lot of people in the small country.

Duped as the Lonely Planet, the untold story is that El Salvador rivals so many top destinations. The small country has so much to offer, the experience you get will make you travel with a larger group next time. 

Is El Salvador safe?

When you look up on the internet, you will find that country’s nickname “the murder capital of the world.” Safety situation is due to several factors, such as being located on the drug corridor and thousands of street gangs. Also, homicide cases are very high in the country.

Nonetheless, the government of El Salvador is doing a lot, and the statistics have been improving since 2015. The crime rates are decreasing and thus no reason to worry when planning to travel to the country. Additionally, the country has never been unsafe for tourists. The nature of crimes in the country mostly entails smuggling drugs. Avoid the cities, where most gang fight and crossfire happen, and you sure of your safety.

When it comes to cuisine, don’t expect to find the country diverse as the regional heavyweights such as Mexico. Nevertheless, you will find some fantastic dishes, including corn, cheese, beans, and many more.

What to expect in El Salvador

Now that you know that El Salvador is safe for you to travel, here are some of the top tourist attractions in El Salvador that you must explore when you get there. 

  1. Visit El Tunco

This beach town is famous due to surfing. The town hosted an International Surf Association event in 2019. The town is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Central America. 

There are amazing cliffs and waterfalls worth exploring in the hills above the coastline. Getting up to the Tamanique waterfalls presents you with another chance to hike through the hills.

  1. A tour to Ruta de las Flores

When it comes to beauty and spectacular scenes, Ruta de las Flores has it all. Located on the western side, it’s also the country’s top tourist destination. It’s a short distance from El Tunco beach town. There are thousands of different flowers that sprout during the rainy season.

  1. Visit San Miguel

Due to safety concerns, Skip San Salvador and visit San Miguel. There are several breathtaking activities to do while in San Miguel, climb an active volcano, and attend the county’s largest festival. The locals around are so warm and welcoming, often greeting you with smiles.


Everything above is just a nutshell of what to expect in El Salvador, don’t be fooled by Donald Trump calling the country #shithole, it’s worth traveling. And the most important thing being that El Salvador is safe to travel as long as you remain vigilant.


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