You don’t often hear about the Central American country of El Salvador, and if you do, it often involves some sort of gang-related crime or murder. When I told my family I was traveling there I was met with fear and worry. I was well-aware of the violent reputation, and the US Department of State’s travel warnings, but something drew me in. If you look at the Global Peace Index, you’ll find that El Salvador actually ranks as safer than places like China and Mexico, places that see way more visitors than El Salvador.
I am happy to say that during my seven days exploring the country, I did not experience any violence or crime. Though El Salvador has the reputation of being dangerous, here’s why I can’t wait to go back there.