El Salvador

El Salvador sneaks up on you: in lefty lounge bars in San Salvador, at sobering museums and war memorials, and along lush cloud-forest trails; it's a place of remarkable warmth and intelligence, made all the more appealing for being so unexpected.

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El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America.
Capital: San Salvador
Land Area: 20,720 sq km
Total Area: 21,040 sq km
Population: 6,052,064 (2010)
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: Salvadorian
Currency: United States Dollar
Independence from: Spain
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Calling Code: +503
 
The Republic of El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. The easternmost region of the country lies on the Gulf of Fonesca. It borders the Pacific Ocean to the west, Guatemala to the north and Honduras to the east. It is the most densely populated country in Central America.

El Salvador's capital, San Salvador, is a modern city of wide boulevards and narrow streets, outdoor markets, government buildings, high-rises, monuments, an exuberant nightlife, museums and other cultural institutions all set against the backdrop of San Salvador volcano. The city is surrounded by shantytowns as well as affluent suburbs with restaurants and large shopping malls. The peaceful botanic garden of Parque Cuscutlan provides a break from the city's hectic pace.

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