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When people consider a trip to Central America, El Salvador probably isn't the first country that comes to mind. The tiny nation has had its fair share of uncomplimentary headlines in recent years, but a trip to this mountainous little corner of the isthmus will turn any and all preconceived notions upside down.

Izalco Volcano in El Salvador's Cerro Verde National Park © Kraig Lieb / Getty Images

El Salvador might lack some of the conventional trappings of a tourist destination, but what it offers is an unabashed genuineness. Though the country has endured a past pocked with war and economic instability, Salvadorans warmly welcome the opportunity to show the world the country’s real character.

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