El Salvador is the smallest yet the most densely populated country in Central America (the southernmost part of North America). Located between Honduras and Guatemala on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, it is often known as the Land of Volcanoes. It is so because it has a few of the world’s most active volcanoes. Besides a narrow coastline, it mostly has a mountainous terrain. The city of San Salvador is the largest city and the capital of the nation.
During the 16th century, the Spanish invaders conquered El Salvador and ruled for a good 300 years. The Salvadorian people managed to gain independence from Spain in the early 19th century. Following this, the central American nations tried to exist as a union a couple of times with no success. The deplorable political conditions of the country in the 20th century led to the Salvadoran Civil War. The war, which lasted for twelve long years, resulted in the settlement which lasts to this day. The nation exists as a constitutional republic hence.
Spanish is the official language of El Salvador. Certain sections of indigenous people do use native languages like Nawat, Maya. However, Spanish is the most known language.
Tourism is fast developing in this small Central American nation. Tourism is one of the major contributors to the nation’s GDP. Tourists mostly seek out its serene beaches and nightlife. The beaches of La Libertad, Suchitoto, Juayua are a must see for tourists. The mesmerizing countryside views, the ruins of the ancient colonies, the volcanoes – all add to the beauty of the country. The country is also one of the most popular surfing destinations for tourists, thanks to the Pacific coastline.
Coming to the El Salvador food culture of the country, it is dominated by a variety of cultures. The country is not just about El Salvador food, but sorts of food including Italian, Spanish, French, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Argentinean, Chilean options are available. A typical Salvadorian meal is dominated by rice, beans and seafood. The most notable of the Salvadorian food recipes is the pupusa. It’s nothing but handmade tortillas with a stuffing of one kind or the other. Other very typical dishes include yuca frita and panes con pollo. A rather notable coastal dish would be coctel de conchas. It is a type of seafood with clams, cilantros and other veggies served in a spicy sauce.
Alguashte is a very favorite Salvadorian condiment prepared from pumpkin seeds. It is very often added to Salvadorian desserts. One can also try the local fruits of the country which includes jocotes, green mango, “hicaco”, “paterna” among many others. Of the many Salvadorian drinks available, Horchata is the most popular and available round the year. This native drink can be taken any time of the day and is made of morro seeds. Other popular drinks include Ensalada, Cebada and Kolachampan. Pastel de tres leches is the most popular dessert in El Salvadorian cuisine. It is a cake which is prepared from three different types of milk. Feria Gastronomica is one interesting food affair. It is a food fair held every weekend in the city of Juayua. However, apart from local cuisine, American food giants like KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut, etc have also opened in the big cities of the country.
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