El Salvador is adjacent to Honduras, Guatemala and the Pacific Ocean. El Salvador is a country full of hardship as well as opportunity. Battered by wars, earthquakes, and ongoing violence, the people of El Salvador struggle to break the cycle of poverty. There may be many things you don’t know about the little country in Central America.
1) El Salvador is known as the “Land of the Volcanoes” because there are twenty volcanoes in the country. Two out of the twenty volcanoes are currently active.
2) El Salvador gained its independence from Spain in 1821 after three whole centuries. They were originally called the Maya.
3) There are only two seasons in El Salvador: dry season and rainy season. The dry season is November to April and the rainy season begins in May and lasts until October.
4) El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Americas. It is home to more than seven million people in a place slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts.
5) El Salvador has the third largest economy in Central America. It is behind Costa Rica and Panama. Coffee is really important to the economy of El Salvador.
6) Spanish is the official language now, but it once was Nahuatl, which is still spoken in some regions.
7) El Salvador and Honduras went to war after a soccer match; which was later called the “Soccer War”.
8) El Salvador is a surfer’s paradise. El Salvador hosts many world wide surfing competitions.