El Salvador



This smallest Central American country is about the size of Massachusetts. Most of the country is on a fertile volcanic plateau.

The Pipil Indians, descendants of the Aztecs settled the area in the 11th century. In 1525, Pedro de Alvarado, a lieutenant of Cortés's, conquered El Salvador for Spain.

El Salvador become free in the 1820's and today is valued as one of the more successful economies in Central America.


El Picacho

El Salvador lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, and is thus subject to significant tectonic activity, including frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.

To the right is the capital city of San Salvador with the dormant volcano El Picacho behind. This volcano you may climb for a spectacular view.

El Picacho
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