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El Salvador

Background

El Salvador

El Salvador achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and from the Central American Federation in 1839. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.

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El Salvador is a country in Central America and, geographically, is part of continental North America. It is bordered on the southwest by the Pacific Ocean, and lies between Guatemala and Honduras.

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El SalvadorInterContinental Real San Salvador 

Blvd. de Los Heroes
San Salvador 544
El Salvador

Price (US$): $127 - $194 / night

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Location. InterContinental Real San Salvador is a business friendly hotel located in central San Salvador, close to Metrocentro, National Theater, and Estadio Cuscatlan. Additional points of interest include Estadio Magico Gonzales and National Gynasium. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a 24 hour fitness facility. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and body treatments. This 4 star property has a 24 hour business… more »

El SalvadorCrowne Plaza Hotel San Salvador 

89 Av Norte Y 11 Calle Poniente,colonia
San Salvador
El Salvador

Price (US$): $116 - $180 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Hotel San Salvador is a business friendly hotel located in San Salvador, close to Museo de Arte de El Salvador, Estadio Cuscatlan, and Monumento al Salvador del Mundo. Additional points of interest include Feria Internacional de El Salvador and David Guzman Anthropology Museum. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza Hotel San Salvador features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna,… more »

El SalvadorTolteka Plaza 

Carretera Internacional y
Av Independencia Sur Km 62
Santa Ana
El Salvador

Price (US$): $64 - $70 / night

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Location. Located in Santa Ana, Tolteka Plaza is in the historical district. Hotel Features. Tolteka Plaza's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property offers a meeting/conference room, secretarial services, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Santa Ana property has event space consisting of a conference… more »

El SalvadorSheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel 

Av. La Revolucion
Col. San Benito
San Salvador
El Salvador

Price (US$): $159 - $209 / night

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Location. Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel is a business friendly San Salvador hotel in the business district and close to Museo de Arte de El Salvador, Feria Internacional de El Salvador, and Estadio Cuscatlan. Additional points of interest include David Guzman Anthropology Museum and Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Canas. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available… more »

El SalvadorHilton Princess San Salvador 

Ave Las Magnolias Y Blvd Del Hipodromo
San Salvador
El Salvador

Price (US$): $153 - $214 / night

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Location. Hilton Princess San Salvador is a business friendly hotel located in San Salvador, close to Feria Internacional de El Salvador, Estadio Cuscatlan, and Museo de Arte de El Salvador. Additional points of interest include David Guzman Anthropology Museum and Torre Cuscatlan. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Princess San Salvador include a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafĂ©. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities… more »

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El Salvador

Full name
Republic of El Salvador
Capital
San Salvador
Location

Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras

Geographic coordinates

13 50 N, 88 55 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Massachusetts

Border countries

Guatemala 203 km, Honduras 342 km

Coastline

307 km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (May to October); dry season (November to April); tropical on coast; temperate in uplands

Terrain

mostly mountains with narrow coastal belt and central plateau

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Cerro El Pital 2,730 m

Natural resources

hydropower, geothermal power, petroleum, arable land

Population

6,052,064 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

mestizo 90%, white 9%, Amerindian 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 57.1%, Protestant 21.2%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.9%, Mormon 0.7%, other religions 2.3%, none 16.8% (2003 est.)

Languages

Spanish (official), Nahua (among some Amerindians)

Government type

republic

Independence

15 September 1821 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 15 September (1821)

Chief of state

President Mauricio FUNES Cartagena (since 1 June 2009); Vice President Salvador SANCHEZ CEREN (since 1 June 2009); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Mauricio FUNES Cartagena (since 1 June 2009); Vice President Salvador SANCHEZ CEREN (since 1 June 2009)

Internet country code

.sv

Internet users

746,000 (2009)

Airports

65 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Acajutla, Puerto Cutuco

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