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For the last three decades, a heartbreaking civil war and its aftermath put Central America’s smallest country out of the minds of most holidaymakers as a destination – but with stability and security returned, these days travel to El Salvador is regularly touted by the likes of Travel Agent magazine and the BBC.
There are no grand monuments or much extensive infrastructure in this tropical land just a tad larger than Wales and a few acres smaller than New Jersey. What it does have is exuberant, unspoiled nature and ecotourism; some of the best beaches for surfing in Central America; utterly charming cobblestone-paved towns which haven’t yet been overrun by over-appreciative gringos; and of course the friendly, welcoming Salvadorans themselves. I’d add to that one particular set of Mayan ruins unique in all the Americas. A little more detail: