Destination Information for El Salvador
The small Central American nation of El Salvador is known for stunning beaches lining its coast with the Pacific Ocean, fantastic surfing and a dramatic mountain landscape. San Salvador, the country’s capital, boasts a volcanic backdrop and plenty of culture to explore, including a number of museums. Although El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, it is also the most densely-populated - home to over 6.5 million people.
There are lots to see and do packed into a country that’s about the size of Wales. You can take a boat ride across lakes formed by volcanic craters, visit colourful villages and bustling craft markets, explore breathtaking scenery in the national parks or take a tour of civil war trenches – El Salvador is nothing if not diverse. There are several luxury beach resorts and spa hotels, or for those visitors looking for a more authentic Central American experience, you can stay on a coffee plantation, eating and drinking with the locals. San Salvador offers a good choice of restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, making El Salvador a truly up and coming destination.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a low to no risk of malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.