San Salvador : The City With Versatile Attractions

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San Salvador, the capital of a Central American country, El Salvador, is the largest city in the country famous for its national theater and diverse museums. San Salvador lies in the valley of the Hammocks at the foot of the San Salvador volcano in the west-central part of the country. The city makes a wonderful setting for day trips as it is within the easy reach of the mountains and the ocean. It has large estates, beautiful tree-lined avenues and the widest boulevards in the Central America, which would charm you to the core. Whether you are religious or not, the city’s famous Church sculpted by Ruben Martinez, will strike you with awe. The people of San Salvador are also very warm-hearted and welcoming.

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1. Iglesia El Rosario

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Iglesia El Rosario, designed by one of El Salvador’s most notable sculptors of all time, is renowned as the finest church and one of the most beautiful buildings in Latin America. The architect, Ruben Martinez has converged his skillful abilities on this church that can fill your soul with wonderment. From the outside, it looks like a dome-shaped roof and as it looks like a normal building; but it is difficult to guess it would be so beautiful from the inside. But, when you walk inside, the inlaid stained-glass filters the sunlight in a rainbow of colors and creates a constantly changing light show, which is no less than a treat for the eyes.

2. Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

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Joya de Ceren situated in the La Libertad Department, El Salvador, is a famous Mayan ruin archaeological site. Known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas, Joya de Ceren was a pre-Hispanic farming town burnt by a volcano eruption around A.D. 600. It was fortuitously discovered again in 1976. Tourists can see the ruins and visit the on-site museum to learn more about its history. It is a must-visit destination if you want to experience what life was like thousands of years ago in Joya de Ceren. There is also a picnic area for eating and relaxation purposes.

3. Parque Nacional El Boqueron

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Parque Nacional El Boqueron, situated on the top of the San Salvador volcano at 5,905 feet, is just 25-30 minutes away from the city and a perfect place for the travelers who are adventurers at heart. The crater called “El Boqueron” is 5 kilometers in diameter and 558 meters deep and is the biggest attraction. The smallest crater named “Boqueroncito” lies within the larger one. The people who are nature enthusiasts, seek adventures and love hiking, shouldn’t miss visiting this place.

4. National Palace San Salvador

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National Palace, built in 1911, is home to some of the most incredible work of tiles, with unique patterns of floor and ceiling in every room. It was declared as the national monument in 1980 and the building used to house the different branches of government. All the important meetings and discussions also used to happen here. If you are seeking some design inspiration, it is the aptest destination. The intricate tile work in the interiors will serve as a feast for the eyes. Moreover, the entry is absolutely free!

5. Basilica Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

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Basilica Sagrado Corazon de Jesus is a centennial Catholic Church built in 1913. The exterior of the Church appears to be covered in sheets of metal and then painted to make it look like stone. The Church is very peaceful and serene from the inside and is worth visiting and having a look around. Understanding the history of the Church is very exciting and unique. It was first shipped to San Salvador, Brazil by mistake and eventually, arrived in El Salvador.

6. Museo de Arte de El Salvador

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Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE) is a private non-profit institution with the aim of conserving the art in the country. You can find some of the best illustrations of present-day art here. The collection of many breathtaking sketches and paintings would undoubtedly impress you with its beauty. A visit to this modern and maintained museum will serve as a thorough introduction if you want to explore and know more about the country's art. Besides the exhibition of paintings, live dance and music performances are also held here on a regular basis.

7. Devil’s Door (Puerta del Diablo)

The Devil’s Door is made up of two clear-cut boulders reaching for the sky. It is the most famous rock climbing site for all levels of climbers with many routes and offers a panoramic view from the top. You can also go for a canopy tour, zip-lining, or even rappel down. If you are craving for a day off to escape the city noise of San Salvador, visit Devil's door is the best remedy. You can also explore the nearby caves and the marketplace. The place hardly looks demonic, but its name came from the old legend.

8. Jardin Botanico La Laguna

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Jardín Botánico La Laguna is a botanical garden with bridges covered with moss, paths covered with pebbles, waterfalls, and ponds running with the sounds of the frogs and along with children's play area. This garden is at the bottom of a volcanic crater and a perfect place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can reach the park by taking a 1 kilometer downhill walk from the bus stop.

9. Lake Ilopango

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Lake Ilopango, a crater lake, is the second largest caldera lake in the country. It was named Nahuat which means ‘Place of the corn Goddess.’ This lake with beautiful views, clear and warm water, calm environment is just 21 kilometers away from the city of San Salvador. It is a fascinating location for sci-fi and explores to find the nerve taking stories related to UFO sites. Many travelers agree to the fact that it is indeed a tough expedition, one would never forget in his/her life. Don't get disappointed, if you are unable to find any debris of UFOs' or even extraterrestrial creatures, but the magical landscape and the caldera lake is a soul-searching experience, worth than the effort you spend to reach there. Take a refreshing dip in the Crater Lake or negotiate on top the lighthouse and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of El Salvador. Lake Ilopango is a relaxing escape from the daily mundane urbane life and dives deep into various relaxing activities.

10. Catedral Metropolitana

Catedral Metropolitana, known as the Parish of San Salvador, the principal church of the Roman Catholic of the city, is the resting place of the holy savior of the world, Archbishop Oscar A Romero. Built in Roman style and constructed with wood and beautiful paintings and decoration, the Church would leave you captivated with its alluring beauty. The artwork at the altar features seven beautiful paintings depicting Lord Jesus' life. A large dome features a painting of heaven just above the altar. You can find several statues of religious figures beneath the dome. Visit and take a tour to see the most beautiful artworks and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful Church.

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Surrounded by volcanoes all around, San Salvador, located on the Ace Chaute River, is the capital city of El Salvador, a country in Central America. The Pacific Ocean Beaches surrounded by mountainous terrains make the city a perfect tourist spot. With its diverse museums and art galleries, San Salvador is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the history and essence of the country. The city has the best rock climbing and surfing sites, botanical gardens for all the nature lovers and the adventure seekers. Visit and explore Central America's most beautiful churches here.

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