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El Salvador's climate is typically tropical on the coast and mild inland. In the mountains to the north is subtropical pockets. The eastern areas have plentiful rainfall all year round, while the Pacific coast and districts within it is dry in the period from December to April. El Salvador has two seasons. From late May to November is the rainy season, from November to May is the dry time. The warmest month of the year is March and April with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius at noon in the lowlands. The average temperature in San Salvador, however 24 degrees all year through. The country is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes.
Tap water in San Salvador is heavily chlorinated. It is recommended to buy drinking water. This is also recommended for the rest of the country. By liking regarding recommended this water also in cooking, even when water is boiled.
It is recommended to avoid purchasing processed foods in fast food or restaurants with buffet dining. A possible stomach problems require climate ingestion of large amounts of fluids to avoid dehydration. Malaria and dengue fever occur, and should protect themselves against mosquito bites - especially in the rainy season (May to November) when mosquitoes are normally more aggressive. Malaria vaccine is recommended but not for residents outside the rain forest and coastal areas along the Caribbean coast.
For Norwegians with insurance in order are the acceptable medical and hospital quality in San Salvador. However this is not the case outside the capital.
If severe or difficult diagnoses is recommended anyway to use the laboratories and hospitals in the United States. Dental Work of good quality are available at moderate prices compared with Norway.
No vaccinations are required, but vaccination against cholera, polio, typhoid and paratyphoid, tetanus and yellow fever is recommended and vaccination against hepatitis A and B by prolonged stay. Infants should have completed the triple vaccination before arrival to El Salvador.
Electricity supply in El Salvador are reasonably stable with some voltage fluctuations that can affect electronic equipment. Household current is 110 volts AC at a frequency of 60 hertz. Both sockets and Tv System (NTC) is of the American type. If one is to apply European video cassettes is recommended to take multi system video and TV monitor with both 110 and 220 volt input power. Note that the frequency of 60 hertz (in contrast to the European standard of 50 hertz) making the wear on electric motors such as utensils and tools large and appeared less.
There are Internet sites / cafes for tourists in most cities.
Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Diners are mostly accepted credit cards in larger towns. It is largely unproblematic to withdraw cash with these cards from vending machines.
Government offices and shops are usually open at 08: .00 and 12.00 and between 14.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Most shops are open Saturday.
Banks are normally open between 08:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday and between 08.30 and 11.30 on Saturdays.
El Salvador has no rail. It is a well-developed express reservations from San Salvador to Guatemala, Mexico and Tegucigalpa.
TICA bus operates throughout Central America, with modern buses with air conditioning and toilets.
Few taxis have meters, and the price should be agreed in advance.
Local bus service in El Salvador can sometimes be time consuming, but it's regular routes across the country.
Car in El Salvador are available at the airport and at several hotels. Many local companies operating in the country, including the major international (Budget and Hertz).
There are daily flights by light aircraft to the largest cities. The price is around 40-50 USD each way.
Airport tax when leaving the country is 35 USD per person. This payable upon check in at the airport.
One should, to the greatest extent possible, avoid traveling on roads outside urban areas after dark. This should be avoided because of traffic safety and crime.
Like other countries in the region, El Salvador crime problems. Crime in El Salvador is particularly high. Murder rates in El Salvador are among the highest in the world. One should take special care in the capital markets and along the roads.
There are strong currents along much of the coast. Drowning occurs. One should keep in shallow water.
Gays should exercise discretion in public places. El Salvador has strict penalties for possession and use of drugs.