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It is a place of abundant nature and beautiful landscapes, which has a mountain hotel, from that place where you can breathe the pure air of nature, has a terrace with an impressive view of the Izalco volcano. It was affected by the 2001 earthquakes. For more information, please contact the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation.


It has become one of the main tourist attractions in the country due to the beauty of its beach and the comfort of its hotel infrastructure, very close to El Salvador international airport, and an hour's drive from the capital.


It has been designated a World Heritage Site because it is the only ruin from the pre-Columbian era where you can appreciate the way of life of the inhabitants of that period of history, since the other indigenous ruins were ceremonial centers.


47 Km. from the capital, as tourist attraction sites we have Suchitlan Lake (which is an artificial lake) and its Bird Island, Los Tercios: stone formation, the archaeological remains of the canton La Bermuda (first settlement of Spaniards in El Salvador). Suchitoto was a very important place during the colony, birthplace of some of the presidents of El Salvador and who served during the twentieth century.


With an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in El Salvador, where you can perform many outdoor activities, among them: bird watching, orchids, climbing, mountain biking or just enjoy the views that we can have from there, so much so that we can see volcanoes in the eastern and central part of the country, as well as the city of Nueva Ocotepeque in the sister republic of Honduras.


It is one of the cities that make up La Ruta de las Flores, 16 km. to the NW. from the city of Sonsonate and 1040 m SNM.

It is famous for its patron saint festivities in honor of the Black Christ, celebrated from January 8 to 15.

Sites of tourist attraction are, among others, Los Chorros de la Calera, its coffee mills: where we can see the process of obtaining our golden bean, etc.

Some of the places where we can see the process of coffee processing are: El diamante, La Majada, El 98, etc.; all of these located a few minutes from the city.


It is a beautiful volcano located between the departments of San Salvador and La Libertad. Seen from the Salvadoran capital, it presents two well-differentiated masses separated by a narrow and deep gorge. The highest and in pyramidal form, at 1950 mts. It is known as "El Picacho" and in the past it was called "Cerro Grande". The other lower and more voluminous part is called "El Boquerón" at 1886 meters above sea level. In its surroundings there are several restaurants, among them the Café Miranda.


Famous for being one of the oldest ceramic handicraft centers in El Salvador and Central America. This activity is said to have originated in the 1700s and has been maintained to this day. Here we can find four types of ceramics: traditional (pots, pots, pans, cantaros, flowerpots, etc.), Popular (Christmas toys such as St. Joseph, the Virgin Mary, the mule, the ox and the Three Wise Men), decorative (all kinds of ornaments with original designs) and typical ceramics (this is the one that makes the dolls and ornaments that represent the nature and industriousness of the Salvadoran people, including the famous Miniatures). It is currently a very popular site for tourists who come to see the elaboration of the famous handicrafts made of clay.

Ilobasco is only 55kms away. San Salvador, with excellent access roads and is part of the Artisan's Route. It is also famous for its artisan mills (production of dulce de atado).


Lake of volcanic origin located 18 km south of the city of Santa Ana, at 740 meters above sea level and with an area of 24 square kilometers. Its most important features are the two small peninsulas called "los anteojos", and the island of the hill where the Pipil Indians had a temple and a monolith representing the goddess Itzcueye.

Considered among the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, its name means "Cerro de Culebras" in the Nahuat language.

It is an ideal place for scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, swimming, water skiing, etc.


The section of the coastal road between the Port of La Libertad and the Rada de Mizata, inaugurated in 1959 during the administration of Crl. José Maria Lemus, is the most daring road layout in Central America. It has five tunnels in the rocky coastal mountains, its beautiful cliffs on the coast, the abrupt stone walls that support and the abysses that go to die to the beaches of Conchalio, Majahual, El Tunco, El Sonte, La Perla and others. Near the mouth of the La Perla River is a cavern worked by the ocean currents, where, according to tradition, the miraculous image of Santa Ursula was found in the first centuries of colonialism and which is the object of special veneration in Jicalapa during the pilgrimage that takes place on February 8 of each year.

The port of Mizata is the southwest corner of the department of La Libertad and 66 km from the city of La Libertad. of new San Salvador, is a very beautiful beach dominated by two cliffs. In one of them, there is still the iron ring to which the ski lift was attached, which was used to operate loading and unloading vessels. In June 1579 and again in 1586, Sir Francis Drake's privateer squadron anchored in this historic Rada and on this last occasion the English admiral reached the Hacienda Tonalá.

In 1842 soldiers from San Salvador gathered in Mizata, who embarked in the squadron with which Gen. Francisco Morazán carried out his last and tragic enterprise of rebuilding Central America into a single nation.


It is part of the Ruta de las Flores, only 9 km from Sonsonate and 74 from San Salvador, at 540 meters above sea level. in the southern foothills of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Famous for its wicker and tule handicrafts, of the latter two varieties are worked: the water brought from the coast and the other is the black or coarse tule that is used for the manufacture of mats. With a renovated colonial church, which suffered considerable damage during the earthquakes of January and February 2001, it has now been rehabilitated.




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