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|Number of Daily Flights||9|
|Earliest Flight Departure Date||Jul 10|
|Latest Flight Departure Date||Jul 11|
|Popular Airlines||SA AVIANCA|
Flying from Los Angeles to San Salvador is a dramatic transition from a solidly American city to one of South America's finest gems. With a dazzling combination of modern amenities and old world charm, San Salvador will quickly capture your heart.
The Jardín Botánico La Laguna is an ideal first stop, as this lushly landscaped park is the perfect palate cleanser after a stuffy airplane ride. Once in your rental car, it's only a 45 minute drive from the airport. A visit to one of the many art galleries or museums, such as the Museum of Popular Art, is a great backup plan for a rainy day.
To take advantage of all San Salvador has to offer, renting a car is wise. While there's a complex network of buses available to more adventurous travelers, the many nearby attractions make a car convenient, especially if you don't speak Spanish. There are multiple artisan and craft markets worth a visit, from the Mercado Ex-Cuartel to the Mercado Nacional de Artesanías. A hiking trip to the El Boquerón National Park, which sits on a volcano, should also be added to your itinerary.
The flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to El Salvador International Airport (SAL) is only about five hours, but there is also a two hour time difference to adjust to upon arrival. Luckily, there are multiple car rental options at the airport and much to see only a short drive away.