BARRIO – Lonely Planet, one of the largest and most prestigious travel guide publishing companies worldwide, ranked El Salvador among the top 30 destinations to travel to in 2023.
Lonely Planet annually prepares its list of the “Best in Travel.” This country guide of 30 destinations includes recommendations in five categories: eating, traveling, relaxing, connecting, and learning.
El Salvador is in the learning category. Lonely Planet describes the country as an “underestimated destination for its monuments, restaurants, craft sales, and entertainment.”
El Salvador is a travel powerhouse in a tiny package. This underrated destination appeals to those looking to get off the beaten path of Central American travel and dive into a multifaceted country with a taste for adventure.” Lonely Planet.
El Salvador is positioning itself as a top tourist destination in Central America; it has world-class surfing and beautiful soft-sand beaches. Also, coffee plantations near beautiful small colonial towns with homes splashed with murals.
El Salvador is the only Central American destination in the “Best in Travel 2023” list. The other locations listed in the learning category are New Mexico in the USA, Dresden in Germany, Marseille in France, Manchester in the UK, and Southern Scotland.
The guide posted on the Lonely Planet website highlights a series of tourist destinations for the country, including volcanoes, beaches, archaeological sites, restaurants, towns, national parks, and many attractions of the capital city, San Salvador.
El Salvador tourism has drastically increased in 2022 and seems to be on its way to doing better in 2023. Making the Lonely Planet list is excellent for the smallest country in Latin America.
The Salvadoran Government is investing a lot of money into the country’s infrastructure, especially those near popular tourist destinations. One of the country’s signature projects focused on tourism is Surf City, which. since 2019, has attracted many visitors.
CEPA has reported that in 2022, more than 2.9 million passengers were arrived at the international airport.
The country’s security climate has also contributed to the “boom” in tourism; El Salvador was considered one of the most violent countries in the world with high homicide rates; however, that is not the country’s reality anymore.