ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFORMATION
Arrival and Departure Airport: You should arrive at and depart from Comalapa International Airport (SAL), which is 42km east of San Salvador.
Pickup information: We will be waiting for you after you pass immigration with a sign saying 'Access Trips'. Please ensure that your flight arrives between 8am and 6pm on the first day of your session.
Drop-off information: Our tour ends in La Libertad but we will drive you to Comalapa International Airport (SAL) outside of San Salvador on the final day of the tour. We provide complimentary airport pick-ups and drop-offs on the first and last day of the trip.If you wish to be dropped off somewhere other than the airport, please email us to discuss.
Airlines and Checking Equipment: If you intend to bring your own equipment, please check with your airline regarding policies for checking and transporting sports gear and equipment before you book your flight. This includes inquiring as to weight, charges and liability.
Flights: We do not book flights or insurance for our clients. For recommendations, click here
Travel Insurance: Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our trips. Please do not attend any of our trips without purchasing appropriate insurance coverage and providing the details to Access Trips. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. Additional details are on our website at: http://www.accesstrips.com/company/insurance/
Passports & Visas:All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. To learn more about visa and entry requirements for El Salvador, please check out the El Salvador Embassy website at: http://www.elsalvador.org/ or consult your local travel agent. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documentation.
Age: Most of our trips do not have any age restrictions. The majority of our clients are between the ages of 28 and 50, but we also have many clients who are older and younger than this. Please contact us with any questions.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Emergency Contact: If you need to contact Access Trips in an emergency, you can reach us at the following:
Mobile-phone: +1 (415) 260-7270
Dialing within North America: 1 (650) 492-4778
Dialing outside of North America: +1 (650) 492-4778
If you do not receive an immediate answer when calling the above numbers, please leave us a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Health requirements: Please carefully review the health information section of the following webpage for up-to-date health information, including information on the quality of medical care, the availability of medications and the necessity for vaccinations in the destination country: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1109.html. We strongly recommend that you visit a travel doctor before embarking on international travel. You are responsible for ensuring that you receive any necessary vaccinations before traveling on your trip with us.
Fitness requirements: The majority of our trips are open to people who are beginners in our target sports. Nevertheless, you should have a reasonable level of fitness before attending any of our trips and you should enjoy physical activity and the outdoors. During the majority of our trips you will be able to take a rest if you find that you are over-exerting yourself, but in order to maximize your enjoyment of our tours you should ensure that you are in reasonable shape. We recommend seeing a doctor before participating in any new physical activities.
Safety & Security: To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals. For information on safety and security in El Salvador, please review the safety and security section of the following webpage: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1109.html
Drinking Water: We recommend drinking only boiled or bottled water.
Climate, Currency, Banking, and Electricity
Climate: El Salvador has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: verano, or dry season (November to April), and invierno, or wet season (May to October). Average temperatures during the day are between 80F-90F. At night, it generally cools off to between 60F-70F.
Currency & Banking: The currency in El Salvador is US dollars. ATMs (cajeros automáticos) can be found in most cities and towns, especially those that receive a fair number of travelers. The one exception might be La Libertad, please talk to your trip leader if you need money before you go there.
It is recommended to notify your bank or card issuer that you intend to travel abroad so that no block will be put on the usage of your credit or ATM cards.
Electricity: El Salvador's voltage is 110-120. US and Canadian travelers can plug any normal electric-powered device (hair dryers, shaver, laptop computer, etc.) directly into an electrical wall outlet.
WHAT TO TAKE
Surfboard: Surf board and leash rental are included in the trip price. However, you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
If you intend to bring your surfboard, please check with your airline regarding policies for checking and transporting sports gear and equipment before you book your flight. This includes inquiring as to weight, charges, and liabilities.
What to bring: Many of our trips require us to move our base several times, so we recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. There will not always be someone available to help you carry your bags so you should only bring as much as you can carry on your own.
We suggest that you bring the following items:
Clothing & Equipment
* Surf board & leash (if you own one)
* A rash guard (you can buy this from any surf shop)
* Casual summer clothes
* Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
* Money belt
* Beach towel
* Insect repellant (especially during rainy season)
* First-aid kit: should contain lip balm, aspirin, band aids, a cream for sore muscles (e.g. deep heat), Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
Documents & Money
* Passport (with photocopies)
* Travel insurance (with photocopies)
* Airline tickets (with photocopies)
* Credit and/or debit card and/or travelers checks and/or cash
* Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
* Meals - 3 breakfasts are included. Budget around USD $4-8 for lunches and USD $7-$15 for high quality dinners.
* Other expenses - Aside from meals, there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take spending money for such things as souvenir shopping and nightlife
* Tipping - Most hotels include a 10% service charge to the bill, so a tip is not required. If the service charge has not been included, a tip is appreciated, although the amount is entirely at your discretion. Discretionary tips to your tour staff for good service are much appreciated. We recommend USD $5-$20 per instructor, multiplied by the number of days in the tour, and half that amount for drivers.
Country Information: For additional information about traveling in El Salvador check out http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1109.html
Currency Exchange: The currency in El Salvador is now the US dollar. For the latest currency exchange information please go to: http://finance.yahoo.com/currency
The information contained in this document is provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, details in this document may change. You should thus use the above information as an indication only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Access Travel, Ltd.