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San Salvador is the capital of the Central American state El Salvador and has become one of the largest cities in Central America.
While the country may not be number one in the world for security and stability, it is far from the crime scene the media makes it out to be.
A striking blue pool nestled under the peaks of Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes and surrounded by sugar and coffee plantations.
Lake Coatepeque is among El Salvador's most enchanting natural attractions, located on the edge of Cerro Verde National Park.
At almost 6 km long, this is the largest lake in the country, formed in the crater of an ancient volcano over 50,000 years ago and feeding a colorful population of catfish, guapote and zebrafish.
A peaceful vacation destination for locals and travelers alike, the most popular activities on Lake Coatepeque are swimming and water sports, with sailing, kayaking, water skiing and scuba diving.
Additional highlights include the hot springs scattered along the water's edge and the island of Teopan, which was once an important Mayan place of worship.
With its trio of volcanic peaks surrounded by lush jungle, a vast network of hiking trails and the crater lake of Coatepeque, Cerro Verde National Park presents one of the most strikingly beautiful landscapes in El Salvador.
The largest of El Salvador's four national parks, El Impossible National Park is also home to one of the world's most fragile ecosystems, providing refuge for numerous endangered animals and plant species.
Wildlife viewing is another popular pastime with around 250 varieties of birds found in the park.
Including rare species such as curassow, king vulture, turquoise-browed motmot and black-crested eagles, as well as pumas, tigrillos, wild boar and a wide range of butterflies.
Built between 1911 and 1917, San Salvador's magnificent Teatro Nacional de San Salvador (Teatro Nacional de San Salvador) is not only one of the city's top landmarks, but a National Monument and the oldest theater in Central America.
Designed by French architect Daniel Beylard, the building ranks among the capital's most notable works of architecture, with its imposing neoclassical facade giving way to lavish French Renaissance interiors, including a grand mural by Salvadoran painter Salvador Carlos Cañas.
A pre-Columbian Mayan farming village dating back to 600 AD and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in El Salvador, the impressive ruins of Joya de Cerén were discovered in 1976 and have since become one of the most visited archaeological sites in the country.
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