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El Salvador

Let’s get into this beautiful place called El Salvador. I visited 2 of the country’s 14 Departments; San Salvador & La Libertad. The

primary language is Spanish & the 2nd is English. Although I’d recommend at least knowing some Spanish or having a translator before you go as El Salvadoran Spanish is a bit different from other countries. About 90% of Salvadorans are Mestizo, descendants of Spanish & Indigenous American ancestors. They are beautiful people both inside and out. All were very welcoming and I felt safe at all times. I was there during their Independence Day on Sept 15th. The food was out of this world delicious! You’ve gotta try the Pupusas or you didn’t really go. The shrimp

ones were my favorite. USD is accepted everywhere. If you’re a Amex Plat person pack another card as not many places accepted it so I used my Chase Sapphire Preferred instead. El Salvador acquired roughly $21 million worth of bitcoin earlier this month becoming the first country in the world to formally adopt the digital currency as legal tender. It was pretty cool to see this tender option at businesses. Entry requirements: You’ll need to get a $12 visa upon arrival. Fully vaccinated or a negative PCR test w/i 3 days of arrival. I got my returning test for $30usd at Hospital Especialidades Medical w/ 15 min results. My driver Rafael w/ @taxi_express_y_tours took me there & pretty much drove me around & stayed everywhere w/ me the ENTIRE time. Places I visited on a day pass: -Nawi $25 -Lagarza Hostel $25 -Palo Verde $30 -Picnic Steakhouse ($5 per 🌈slide ride) Stayed in Barcelo & Citlalli Hotels in San Salvador Centro. I went solo: hired a photog, asked strangers & used my tripod w/ Bluetooth remote for photos. IG: @EricaChristineTravels

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