El Salvador: Top Things to See and Do in San Salvador

San SalvadorWelcome to San Salvador!  It may not be the nicest city in the world but the people are friendly and….well, that may be it.  Okay, so really there’s not much to see here.  I can’t lie.  But if you do find yourself in San Salvador for a day, here are some cool things to do.

San Salvador is a huge city with a lot of neighborhoods, however most of them end up looking like typical urban sprawl.  El Centro (City Center) is where most of the places of interest are, so this article focuses on that.

Plazza Barios:

It’s the main square in the city and is located right in the middle of El Centro.  If you’ve seen other central parks you won’t be too impressed but there are a lot of street vendors nearby for pupusas and drinks.  Here are two of the square’s most impressive buildings.

  • Catedral Metropolitana
  • Iglesia El Rosario

Plazza BariosParque Libertad:

Located just one block east of the Plazza Barrios, the Parque Libertad is basically just another square to sit around and pass the hours.  Check it out!  Why not?

Parque Bolivar: 

Parque Bolivar is a few blocks west of the downtown chaos and for this reason it is noticeably more peaceful.  There are a few places here to buy food and drinks as well.

MercadoMercado Central:

The central market!  This is where the madness goes down.  It’s packed full of all types of food and clothing vendors and ends up being a real life game of Frogger just to get through it.  There is also a cathedral located right in the middle of it all.


San Salvador has a number of good museums.  Here are some of the best ones.  They are also great places to avoid the heat.

  • Museo Nacional de Antropologia – David J Guzman
  • Museo de Arte de El Salvador
  • Museo de Arte Popular
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