El Salvador Off The Beaten Path

  • View of the Hacienda from the Park
    View of the Hacienda from the Park
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  • The interior patio
    The interior patio
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  • Parque José María San Martín
    Parque José María San Martín
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El Salvador Off The Beaten Path

  • Teopan Island on Coatepeque Lake

    Teopan Island on Coatepeque lake. The lake is the crater of an extict volcano with a small island densely forested. Nestled on one side of the island is the Teopan resort...a small complex of serviced bugalows and tree houses. It's a beautiful and peaceful place, the perfect retreat. There's tennis, swimming and best of all trails that let you...

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango,...

    Wandering around northern Chalatenango, there’s always a chance that you’ll get lost. One day my friend Liam and I decided that we would set out from my home base in La Laguna, climb up to La Montañona, and then climb back down the other side of the mountain to reach the town of Las Vueltas. That was the plan, anyways. No problem making it up to La...

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango,...

    The community of Petapa, located in the municipality of El Carrizal, used to be one of those many places in Chalatenango where you would literally find yourself at the end of the road. Nowadays, however, the road continues on into Honduras, thanks to the bridge pictured here. All the same, if you make it to Petapa, you’ll feel like you’ve made it...

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  • Apaneca

    Apaneca is a town located on the Ruta De Las Flores and is also El Salvador highest town. Probably what is the most worthy site here is the 400 year old church but it was destroyed in the January 2001 earthquake. When I was there it was still being rebuilt. There is also a decent central park here that you can linger in for a bit. There is a couple...

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  • Jardin Botanico La Laguna

    I don't know if you can consider this as off the beaten path but I didn't see any foreign tourists here and only a few locals. This garden has an interesting start to it. It originally was a lagoon in a volcanic crater. But in 1873, an earthquake hit the area and drained the lagoon leaving behind some very fertile land. Now its a garden that has...

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca is one of the lesser Maya sites in El Salvador. It's located in Chalchuapa City right along the highway. Most of the pyramids have been partially excavated by the Japanese archeologists. At least one is completely still covered (I climbed it to get a photograph). None of the pyramids are grand but it provides a decent place for a walk....

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango,...

    One of the many pleasures of setting down roots in a foreign land, as opposed to just passing through, is that your new neighbors and friends invite you to go with them to all sorts of off-the-beaten-path destinations that they believe merit a visit. Helping to teach English in the high school in La Laguna, I became friends with a young lady named...

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango

    The dirt tracks and trails that meander through the mountainous regions of northern Chalatenango lead to a number of beautiful, sweeping views and small, friendly villages. The village shown, Cuevitas, is a cantón of the municipality of Dulce Nombre de María, but it is most easily reached from the town of La Laguna (it's about a 90-minute walk,...

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango,...

    In the Department of Chalatenango, alongside the road that leads from Dulce Nombre de María to the end-of-the-road border town of San Fernando, there’s a small ecological reserve known as El Manzano. Among the attractions at El Manzano there are a handful of hiking trails, including one that climbs “Candle Stick Mountain” which affords some truly...

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  • Wandering Around Northern Chalatenango,...

    This picture shows one of the streets of "downtown" La Laguna. The mountain that overlooks La Laguna to the east (La Montañona) was an important guerrilla stronghold during much of El Salvador's civil war. Now tourists who make their way to the pine forests of La Montañona can visit the defensive tunnels, the underground radio transmission room...

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  • The Best Views

    El Mirador in Los Planes de Renderos is a great place. It offers views to Ilopango and its great lake to your right and the great San Salvador to you left and above are...the heavens. When you look directly down you see the once less populated San Marcos

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  • Eat the best Pupusas

    Los Planes de Renderos is a very peculiar place. Everyone in El Salvador has heard of it and never been to it although its only 15 minutes from the capital. Trust me, its worth the visit. You'll be saluted by extremly friendly people, spectacular views, artistic creastions and plenty of fun, music and memorablia for the family. If you feel...

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  • San Luis del Carmen

    I never meant to visit San Luis del Carmen, but I’m glad I did. The story goes like this – one typically overcast Saturday in June, I hooked up with my Peace Corps friends Tom and Liam to make a day trip from our homes in Chalatenango, across the Cerrón Grande artificial lake, to the town of Suchitoto. Just minutes after our arrival in Suchitoto, a...

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  • Atiquizaya

    The town of Atiquizaya, located roughly halfway between Santa Ana and Ahuachapán on the main highway that connects those two departmental capitals, is home to one of El Salvador’s more interesting off the beaten path tourist attractions. Alongside the highway, at the entrance to town, you’ll find the outdoor gallery of a local artist (now deceased)...

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  • Iglesia El Rosario, San Salvador

    Does a church that is located less than three blocks away from the main cathedral of a country’s capital city really qualify as an “off the beaten path” destination? I say it does if nobody knows that it’s there. Facing the Parque Libertad, just two blocks east of the Plaza Barrios that fronts the national cathedral, you’ll find the Iglesia El...

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  • The Cliffs of Acajutla

    Most tourists never make it to Acajutla, and with good reason. Acajutla is a port town. A tropical port town. A tropical port town in Central America. All the adjectives generally applied to such places – dingy, blistering, sleazy, rancid, etc. – find their way into many visitors’ descriptions of Acajutla. The collection of crumbling houses that...

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  • Playa El Palmarcito

    Located west of the port of La Libertad, just beyond Club Atami, Playa El Palmarcito is a handsome black sand beach nestled between rocky cliffs into a tiny little cove. No more than 300 yards wide, the beach provides a relaxed, intimate setting – the tall cliffs that form the beach’s eastern and western boundaries cut El Palmarcito off visually...

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  • La Finca del Sunzal

    The “Flower Route” between Sonsonate and Ahuachapán is one of El Salvador’s most-advertised, best-developed, and most-visited tourist attractions, but very few people take the detour south that leads towards the town of Jujutla. Unless you’re driving, this area can be a little harder to get to, because bus traffic isn’t particularly frequent. Your...

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  • More Volcanoes

    This shot from the plane coming into the international airport gives you an image of the country of El Salvador. This is El Volcán de San Vicente.

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  • Get to know the locals

    I had the opportunity to attend a fiesta in a village called El Milagro( The Miracle, see my El Milagro travelogue.) I enjoyed watching the children swat at the piñata. Notice how clean and dressed up all of these little kids are! That changed when the piñata broke and they all dived to the ground to get their candy!

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  • Land of Volcanoes

    All most anywhere in El Salvador you will see dormant volcanoes. This photo was taken in the countryside just outside of Suchitoto. The vegetation is tropical ...many kinds of palms, mango trees, platanos(bananas)

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  • Visit El Imposible National...

    Visit El Imposible National Park - see my travelogue for complete information, details and pictures.

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  • Isla Meanguera del Golfo

    Visiting the island, one has to take a small canoa full of locals which brings you in two hours there. There was only one pension there in 1990, but if you just ask around locals will invite you in their houses treating you like a royal.Locals are farmers or fishermen and very poor but extraordinary friendly and honest.Give some money to buy food...

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  • Enjoy the many Pacific Beaches

    There are many lovely beaches in El Salvador. Near San Miguel, you'll find El Cuco -- a favorite with local families. We loved it! Other beaches are near La Libertad closer to San Salvador. You are never too far from a beach. Watch out for riptides at some of them!

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  • Charming Churches in every town and...

    The lovely church in the town of San Ignacio at the foot of El Pital, near La Palma, is just one of many lovely churches all around the country. If you are respectful, you can always stop in and quietly look at the life-like statues and paintings.

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  • Scaling El Pital--Salvador's Highest...

    Not far from La Palma is the highest point in El Salvador-- El Pital. If you have a 4x4, it's about an hour plus trip up mostly dirt roads to the top. Beautiful scenery along the way and, at the top, you are above the clouds! There are a number of places to stop, buy a cool drink and admire the view. It's customary to pick up local people walking...

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  • Let's start by saying that El...

    Let's start by saying that El Salvador in itself is off the beaten path. This has its advantages and inconveniences (tourism facilities are only being developed). Having said this visit the town of Perkin in Morazan (the Hotel Perkin Lenca is the place to stay) the hotel has nice facilities in wooden cabins, restaurant(very good) and bar (check the...

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  • Honor the Martyrs of El Mozote

    El Mozote is a tiny village that was devastated during the war. It is not easy to find and the roads getting there are poor but it is worth the trip. There is a monument to the 1000 mostly women and children massacred in December 1981 by Government forces with US advisors in attendance

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  • Anymore, most tourists miss...

    Anymore, most tourists miss the detouring of vacations due to the schedule change of airlines. But, we managed to get one of those situations in which we were rerouted from the airport to El Salvador. It was worth it. We were given taxis to our hotel a ways off, and what a drive!

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  • Periquin was the headquarters...

    Periquin was the headquarters of the FMLN guerilla movement during the bloody Civil War of El Salvador. Today, members of the FMNL have created the Museo de la Revolucion Salvadoreña in Periquin. It is an amazing museum! Check out the travelogue and photologue.

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  • Our tour guide Celine Guerre...

    Our tour guide Celine Guerre from Discover El Salvador Tours took us to a small town called Panchimalco. We were fortunate enough to be visiting on May 3 which is a Salvadorean holiday called Dia de la Cruz. The holiday incorporates Christian as well as indigenous traditions. On the holiday, locals adorn their homes with decorated crosses in the...

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  • Take a drive up the coast,...

    Take a drive up the coast, only 45 minutes from San Salvador. Go with a friend or even take a taxi, which are very affordable.

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  • I am a member of the...

    I am a member of the Veterinary corp., which was responsible for the treatment of local animals. We worked for two weeks based out of two towns, San Francisco Morazan and Nueva Conseption. Navy personnel at a fixed clinic site provided the medical treatment for these two towns, while we went out to local houses, farms and ranches. During the time...

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  • Everyone always goes to San...

    Everyone always goes to San Salvador, and the beach. In San Salvador they go downtown. And for the beach they go to La Libertad.Now the old downtown has some interesting things to see (check out my web page www.geocities.com/malcolm6), but like most American cities the better neighborhoods are elsewhere. The center of business and entertainment in...

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