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One Day in El Salvador: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Don't Skip El Salvador! The surprise of El Salvador still has my head spinning! When I left Atlanta, GA in 2020 to travel to Costa Rica for my first stop with my travel to 7 Continents, I didn't imagine El Salvador would be part of my travels in 2021.

During my three months in Tulum, Mexico, I connected with Hotel Sandoval and Turicentro Sandoval in Octopeque, Honduras. To my surprise, because of the closeness to the Salvadorian border, the easiest way to travel to Octopeque is to fly to San Salvador, El Salvador. The more I learned about El Salvador, the more I wanted to visit.

In 2020, I wouldn't have imagined the digital marketing and press trips in 2021 in Central America. Due to the history, violence, and press of El Salvador, for years people would skip visiting. In 2018, a tourism campaign was launched to increase travel to El Salvador. Travel and times are changing.

Don't Skip El Salvador

No matter how much time you have in Central America, don't skip El Salvador.

Let's talk about what I recommend for One Day in El Salvador.

El Salvador

One Day in El Salvador

While El Salvador may be the smallest country in Central America, it is the most populated with over 6 million people. In 2019, over 2 million traveled to El Salvador.

That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in El Salvador, but about a week. If you are curious about my full-time travels, check out my Digital Nomad August 2021 recap.

If you don't know where to start with your time in El Salvador, I am here to help you #createit! Although I experienced amazing adventures in El Salvador during my week, there is much more.

While there is plenty to experience one day all around El Salvador to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will want to consider staying longer.

Follow this One Day in El Salvador: Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip.

My recommendations for One Day in El Salvador include a walking tour around San Salvador, Rainbow Slide on San Salvador Volcano at Picnic Steakhouse, and Playa El Tunco and favorite foods.

Embracing El Salvador

Travel to El Salvador

Traveling to El Salvador, and traveling around the country is easy. I took a direct flight from San Jose, Costa Rica to San Salvador, El Salvador.

Since El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, it takes less time to travel to cities. I stayed in El Salvador for about a week so I had more time, I decided to go to the beach first. The drive to Playa El Tunco from San Salvador airport is an hour.

During my travels to San Salvador, I stayed in El Tunco Beach for four days, and San Salvador for three days. I traveled to Santa Tecla to visit Rainbow Slide on San Salvador Volcano from the city. The drive is about 20 minutes.

For transportation, I arranged a driver with my El Tunco Beach Open Air Jungle Airbnb for airport pickup for $30 USD (prices similar to Uber), and drop off at my San Salvador Airbnb: Casa Castellanos for $30 USD. For travel to the El Poy Border in Honduras, I arranged transportation with my Airbnb: Casa Castellanos for $40 USD.

Make sure before you travel to El Salvador, you check current requirements for COVID. As of September 2021, a PCR test is required for El Salvador non-vaccinated travelers. Since countries and requirements are ever-changing, I recommend you check about a week before your travels.

I traveled to El Salvador from September 11-September 16, 2021. Although I loved seeing El Tunco Beach, San Salvador, and Rainbow Slide during my visit to El Salvador, I would love to experience Ruta de Flores and Suchitoto too!

Open Air Jungle House in El Tunco Beach Airbnb

El Salvador Stays

Before traveling to El Salvador, I decided to stay for a week. Since I had more time, I wanted to go to El Tunco Beach and stay longer. If I only had One Day in El Salvador, I would follow the same itinerary.

El Tunco, El Salvador Stay

I found the Open Air Treehouse Jungle stay at El Tunco Beach via Airbnb. I immediately fell in love, The private room is beautiful and huge. The sunrise and sunset views are breathtaking.

The Airbnb in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador is perfect for an unique stay with community shared spaces with kitchen, living room, workspace, and bathrooms. The owners are kind and communicative. The beach is about 5-10 minutes walking distance.

San Salvador, El Salvador Stay

When I found Casa Castellanos with its beautiful bright colors, studio, garden, and reviews, I knew it is the place for me. Gloria, the host is amazing in every way. We had priceless conversations.

The Airbnb in San Salvador is perfect for a short and long-term stay in a gated community with a secret garden, incredible accommodations, service-oriented host, and delectable breakfasts.

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or Airbnb photos.

Fun Facts About El Salvador

There is a lot about El Salvador that will surprise you. El Salvador may be the smallest country in Central America, yet it is the most populated with over 6 million people. It is the only country in Central America without a Caribbean coastline.

El Salvador is the smallest, yet most populated country in Central America.


It is easy to see why El Salvador is known as the Land of Volcanoes with over 170 total volcanoes, 23 actives within the last 500 years, and 6 actives within the last 100 years. El Salvador experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. There are even volcanoes on El Salvador's flag.


Over 100 volcanoes fill El Salvador

While El Salvador's land is filled with volcanoes, its coastline is world renown for its surfing. Worldwide surfing competitions take place along El Salvador's Pacific coast.