When it comes to things to do in El Salvador, there is one main advantage: everything is close by. Known as the "Tom Thumb of America," you can hop on a bus in San Salvador and be sunbathing on the beach just an hour later. Take off in the other direction and you could be paddling across Lago Coatepeque in just a couple of hours. There are many hikes to choose from, up volcanoes like Izalco, or through harder-to-reach (and aptly named) Parque El Imposible. There are also plenty of things to do in El Salvador in the cultural department; little colonial towns like Suchitoto or Ataco make for tourist-free visits, and there are a few Maya ruins such as Tazumal and San Andres, though they are far less impressive than the better-known ones of Guatemala. For a full list of things to do in El Salvador, explore the links below.