by Mark Albert
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El Salvador Ministry of Tourism
Location of Tourist Information Centers throughout the country
El Salvador tours and activities (Thank you for using our referral, “affiliate,” links to support our journalism)
In El Salvador, Mark stayed at Los Almendros de San Lorenzo, a small boutique hotel in Suchitoto, about a two-hours drive from San Salvador.
Mark also used a private guide for a full-day journey through parts of the country, Francisco Rivas (frivasvelasco (at) yahoo.com). He charges between $125-$175 depending on the itinerary, and that includes pickup at your hotel, vehicle, gas, and his services. He has taken between one and 12 guests at a time and Mark found he was very safety-conscious and outgoing
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El Salvador’s main air travel gateway is Amílcar Cabral International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador, the capital.
Cruise ships that dock in El Salvador typically use the port of Acajutia, a little more than an hour from San Salvador, the capital.
While some visitors to El Salvador are exempt from visa requirements, travelers still must pay $10 USD for a tourist card that upon arrival is valid for up to 90 days.
The State Department recommends you bring a document showing “proof of funds” to cover your stay. Typically this is a current bank statement printout or other document showing your current finances. Countries that require this rarely actually enforce it, but in the event you are asked for proof of funds by an immigration offer, it may be best to have documentation with you.
Visiting major sites may include a delay as tourists are required to be accompanied by “tourist police,” to ensure everyone’s safety. Be sure to budget extra time for this.
El Salvador uses the US Dollar, so save on foreign currency fees by not exchanging money. Save on ATM fees by bringing with you all the cash you’ll need. And save on a currency conversion fee on credit cards by using one that does not charge a standard 3% for all foreign transactions.
If you feel safe, use local buses and other transportation rather than ubiquitous tourist shuttles, which can be 5x, 10x, or 15x more expensive.
What did you do on your visit to EL SALVADOR?
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