2. El Salvador
El Salvador is known for its miles of gorgeous beaches and its once vast rainforests. But, as of July 2018, the US government advised its citizens to reconsider traveling to the Central American nation because of widespread crime.
Some paint a negative picture of El Salvador because of the increase in violence, but there was once a time when this country was the best place to get deeply immersed in the Latin culture. Delicious cuisine aside (we’re now craving pupusas!), it’s also home to some of the most exquisite Mayan ruins, including Tazumal, which dates back to around 5000 BC. The architectural complex was restored during the 1940s, but many of the ruins are still in their natural, unexcavated state.
One day, Americans may finally get the green light to make the trek to El Salvador again, and touring this stunning sight to learn about the Mayan civilization should definitely be on their to-do list.