Why you should go to El Salvador

by Citlaly Martinez

El Salvador is a very beautiful place to visit. It may not have Mayan ruins like Tikal in Guatemala, but they have other sites that are worth a visit. You can also see Mesoamerican settlements at Tazumal and San Andres. Joya de Cerén is referred to as the “Pompeii of the Americas” because the Laguna Caldera volcano exploded and covered the village under volcanic ash. Luckily, residents escaped. It’s here that you’re offered the opportunity to look into the Mayan lifestyle

El Salvador offers travelers a variety of foods. You can buy a bag of mangos for around $.50 USD, or if you like eating seafood, order fresh clams, crabs, fish, lobster, octopus, oysters, shrimp, snails, and squid at restaurants. You may want to try the conchas or black clam. For something really different, try the pupusas. It’s a corn tortilla filled with cheese, refried beans, and cooked and flavored pork (chicharrón). It’s usually topped with a spicy tomato sauce and pickled cabbage (curtido), even though they could be spicy.

I interviewed Ashley Guerreroabout her visit to El Salvador, and she had an interesting 

experience. I first asked her if she enjoyed her time, as well as what she did while she was there, and she said, “I did enjoy my time, even though it wasn’t my first. I ate a lot of food and did a lot of cultural activities with my big family.” I then asked her what her favorite, as well as least favorite, part was. She said “My favorite part was probably seeing the mountains and spending time with family, and my least favorite part was how hot it was, and walking so much.”

Along with that, these are some of the reasons why you should go visit El Salvador. It’s always fun to learn something new, as well as discover something new to you!

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