We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in El Salvador

Salvadorans are known for their great hospitality. Their country is one of the best mannered countries in the world. They are among the nicest people in the world. They are friendly, industrious people always willing to help anyone. That is what has earned El Salvador the nickname of “the country with a smile”. When speaking with people you don’t know, it is customary to address them in a formal manner, using señor, señora and/or usted.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about El Salvador, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on El Salvador food and drinks:

Local food you should try in El Salvador and No miss drinks in El Salvador.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in El Salvador? Please comment below.