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What to do in El Salvador: The country where Bitcoin is the official currency?

El Salvador, a country full of surprises, charms and the only nation in the world to adopt Bitcoin as its official currency. That's right, you didn't hear wrong.

El Salvador, located in Central America, is known for its paradisiacal beaches, incredible mountains and a rich cultural heritage. Now, in the next few minutes, we are going to tell you about the five unmissable places in this incredible country.


First, the city of Suchitoto, a place with a rich cultural history and full of colonial architecture. Second, El Imposible National Park, which is the largest national park in El Salvador, known for its diversity of flora and fauna. Thirdly, we cannot fail to mention the beautiful Rota das Flores, a series of charming and colorful villages, full of coffee plantations. The fourth suggestion is the capital, San Salvador, where the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral is located. And finally, the impressive El Tunco Beach, famous for its perfect waves for surfing.


As we mentioned, the official currency here is Bitcoin, although the US dollar is still widely used. The official language is Spanish, and we Brazilians do not need a visa to visit the country.

Now, talking a little about the socioeconomic and political situation, El Salvador experienced a long civil war that ended in 1992, since then it has sought to stabilize and improve its economy. However, poverty, unemployment and violence are still persistent challenges. In an audacious attempt to attract foreign investment and improve the economy, the country adopted Bitcoin as its official currency.


In terms of cost, El Salvador is a relatively cheap country to travel to, we booked a hotel in the range of 200 reais. Accommodation, food, and transportation are quite affordable, which is great for travelers on a budget. We drove more than 200km in El Salvador in 2017 and we felt the country was very unsafe at the time, but we know that it is improving every day.

Now, the story behind Bitcoin adoption. El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender in September 2021. This decision generated a lot of controversy and divided opinions, but it was a bold and unique move by the government to try to resolve some of the country's economic issues.

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