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El Salvador Visa Requirements for Tourists

December 12th, 2010
For decades, unrest and violence kept El Salvador in the shadows. But as conditions inside the country have improved, the government has made an effort to develop the tourist industry, and it is growing rapidly. Per Wikipedia: "Last year tourism accounted for 4.6% of GDP; only 10 years ago, it accounted for 0.4%. In this same year tourism grew 4.5% worldwide. Comparatively, El Salvador saw an increase of 8.97%, from 1.15 million to 1.27 million tourists. This has led to revenue from tourism growing 35.9% from $634 million to $862 million. As a reference point, in 1996 tourism revenue was $44.2 million. " El Salvador's excellent beaches are great for surfing, swimming or just working on your tan. The cities have excellent nightlife, and if you just want to get away from it all, you can s


World Heritage Site of the Week: Get an El Salvador Visa To See Joya del Cerén

January 2nd, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in El Salvador, in the shadow of volcanoes.  Thousands of years ago, Joya del Cerén was a small Mayan farming community that was ruled by the larger nearby city of San Andrés. The volcanoes periodically caused problems for Joya del Cerén-the entire area was abandoned once in 250 AD when the nearby Ilopango volcano erupted. Eventually, though, people moved back, built houses and began to farm again. Then, around 590 AD, the Loma Caldera volcano erupted and covered the town in ashes. Joya del Cerén is often called the "Pompeii of the Americas" because of the similarity between the fates of the two towns. If you visit Joya del Ceren, you won't see any of the haunting plaster images of dead victims of the volcano, as you


Surfing in El Salvador: Do You Need an El Salvador Visa?

October 14th, 2009
When you think of surfing, California is probably the first place to come to mind. However, the world is full of interesting and exciting destinations to catch  a wave. One up-and-coming surf spot is the small Central American country of El Salvador, known for gorgeous beaches and perfect waves. According to this post on the La Cocotera Resort's blog, surfers visit El Salvador for "ideal surfing conditions, unique wildlife, beautiful beaches and captivating culture." If you are considering a surfing vacation in El Salvador, you will need a valid passport and the appropriate visa. If you are staying less than 30 days, you can get an El Salvador visa ahead of time or apply for a tourist card when you arrive at the El Salvadorean border.  For longer stays, you should apply in advance


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