Tag: Suchitoto

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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HIKE GUAZAPA VOLCANO, GUERRILLA’S STRONGHOLD

Guazapa is en extinct volcano located North in San Salvador province, few kilometers West from Suchitoto.

It was during El Salvador Civil War when this place became a war zone. During the 80s this was the only guerrillas battlefront where the five branches of the Rebel Army fought together. It was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels. This because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war. This due the close distance from the Capital City, the most strategic target for the guerrillas.
Some of those fighters and their families still live and work their lands on the skirts of the former battle field.

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KAYAKING ON RIVERS, LAKES, ESTUARIES AND RAMSAR SITES

El Salvador is a great destination for kayaking enthusiasts, advanced or newbies. Volcanic calderas, mangrove estuaries, rivers and wetlands are top on the list.
Enjoy the sun while sets on a line of volcanoes at Jiquilisco estuary. Or watch resident and migratory birds flocks at Suchitlán lake on one of the cleanest low impact ways of making tourism.
Pick your your destination: Coatepeque or Ilopango Lakes, two ancient -still active- volcanic calderasSuchitlán, the only man-made and largest lake in El Salvador. Jiquilisco bay and estuary, among the most important wetlands in the country: lush estuaries of mangrove with channels to explore. Or maybe La Barra de Santiago where is still common to spot some crocodile or a “machorra” fish, a living fossil.
A good challenge is going down the flow on Lempa, the longest and most important river in El Salvador. You can try paddling from dam-to-dam or take it easy going down the river to the Ocean.

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