Should I Travel To El Salvador With A Friend?

I have a friend from El Salvador who wants to take me there on a vacation, but I don’t know if it’s a good idea. He says it’s beautiful and fun to see. But I’ve traveled to the Philippines so I already know what a third world Hell looks like, and besides, I’m not sure that it’s safe. And how great can it be if so many people are desperately trying to leave? But maybe it would be ok as a tourist. Any advice?