Tazumal and Casa Blanca Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers.
The importance of Tazumal and Casa Blanca is this sites have evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. They were inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya. Including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador. Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. The Site’s museum display ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures. The first civilization that made vitrified pottery in the pre-hispanic Americas.
Santa Ana the most important, largest and most densely populated city in the Western region of El Salvador. The Old Downtown is one of the most attractive architectural groups in the country with a mix of styles. From the Neo-gothic to Art Deco you can see the European influence during the peak of the Coffee Republic and exports.
During the turn to 20th Century local families that made their wealth on coffee exports. They began to travel or sent their children to study abroad, specially to Europe.
When back they wanted a piece of the European culture in their hometown. And that’s how they taxed the coffee exported from their fincas to raise funds and build exquisite architecture and public buildings.
Around Main Square we will take a look and visit some the most important public buildings in the city. Get amazed with the beautiful architecture of the Cathedral, the Old Casino, magnificent Theatre and the City Hall.