Categoría: History & Culture

ECLECTIC AND VIBRANT, SAN SALVADOR CITY

Discover the secrets of this modern and contrasting city located in the heart of El Salvador. San Salvador is one of the fastest growing metropolis in Central America with a population of 1.9 million people. You’ll experience the vibrant and sometimes eclectic downtown area “El Centro”, with all it’s colorful street vendors marketing their wares. Also the Metropolitan Cathedral where the great leader of human rights Archbishop Oscar Romero rest. You’ll experience the bustling plazas of downtown with it’s historical buildings and monuments commemorating great influential and historical figures.

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SUCHITOTO, PLACE OF FLOWERS AND BIRDS

No, it’s not Japanese. The name Suchitoto actually comes from the native Nahuat language that means “Place of flowers and birds”. What was one of the most important indigo trade centers of the world, cultural capital of the country and later on a scene of some fierce fighting during the Civil War years, today, with it’s colonial style architecture, old houses with red roof tiles and cobblestone streets, Suchitoto has emerged as a center  for the arts hosting galleries, exhibits and world class music and arts festivals.
Located along the shores of Suchitlán lake, the only man-made lake in El Salvador with a stunning beauty.

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UNESCO SITE JOYA DE CERÉN & SAN ANDRÉS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARKS


Joya de Cerén is a snapshot of the daily life of a Mayan farmers community buried in volcanic ash during an eruption around the year 590 A.D.
When a quiet village was surprised by an eruption from the nearby Laguna Caldera volcano the villagers escaped leaving behind almost everything while more than 20 feet of volcanic ash entombed the region. Unique in Mayan World and one of the most important archeological sites in El Salvador, Joya de Cerén (a.k.a. the Pompeii of the Americas) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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COFFEE COUNTRY, RUTA DE LAS FLORES

Ruta de las Flores is 36 Km road that winds through the mountains between Sonsonate and Ahuachapán provinces and is the heart of El Salvador coffee country. Set in the highlands of the Apaneca mountain range the area is a favorite among foreign and local tourists alike.
Juayúa is famous for its Food Fest, a popular weekend and holidays fair to check out and taste local dishes along with arts and crafts market and street performers.
Watch ever green coffee fields set on the slopes of the many volcanoes lined up one next the other while we reach Apaneca the town at the highest elevation of El Salvador.
With it’s cobblestone streets Concepción de Ataco is a charming mountain village with its brightly colored facades, red roof tiles, cobblestone streets, porches and is one of the Top Tourist Destinations in El Salvador.

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ARCHBISHOP ROMERO’S STEPS

Born in 1917, Monseñor Oscar Romero is perhaps the best known Salvadoran worldwide.
After being named San Salvador Archbishop in 1977 he spoke against human rights violations, state’s repression, injustice and poverty. He became the Voice of the voiceless and was assassinated during mass in 1980. Today his legacy is deep in Salvadoran society and well known around the world.
San Salvador is full with landmarks and sites related to Romero’s life and legacy such as the Divina Providencia hospital where he lived and was shot during service. Metropolitan Cathedral where he addressed many of his speeches and his remains lies.

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TAZUMAL, CASA BLANCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND SANTA ANA CITY

This two Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers. Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador.

The importance of Tazumal is the archeological site with evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. It was inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya, including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. Here you’ll visit the Site’s museum with ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures and made vitrified pottery since the Early Post Classic Period (900 – 1200 BC).

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