Paraiso Artesanal Route

Route artisan paradise is an interesting tour which includes 100 km approximately from the capital city to the highest point of El Salvador (cerro el Pital 2730 M. A.S.L.) in which you can visit an archaeological site, peoples craft, steeped in history, as well as excellent places to practice ecotourism and agro-tourism.

Paraiso Artesanal route, El Salvador

San Salvador, leaving the trunk road from the North, heading towards the North of the Salvadoran territory, passing by the famous town of Aguilares, find one of the most important archaeological sites of the country: Cihuatán, which still does not reach its total excavation.

Cihuatán

This archaeological site, is still within the Department of San Salvador, located northeast of the town of Aguilares, on the banks of the Acelhuate River. This site was explored by the Salvadoran archaeologists Jorge Lardé y Antonio Sol in the years of 1927 and 1929.

Cihuatán in Nahuatl language means “City of women” reaches an area of 5 km and was an indigenous ceremonial center. Among its major buildings are the church square of 12 meters of height. It has several playgrounds of ball of which one is quite well preserved, after its restoration of 4 to 5 meters to the base made completely of stone walls are distinguished.

The “ball game” was one of the main entertainments that indigenous, had they played with highly elastic rubber balls. These patios are consisted of two parallel, half walls and at the top had two rings of stone in a vertical position. Players moved the ball only with arms and buttocks, and should be passed by any of the rings. The player who could pass a ball, was considered a champion and in his honor, they sang, they danced and gave the spectators present of pens, blankets or any other representative of their handmade products article.

Colima

Continuing on carretera Troncal del Norte, 5 minutes from the archaeological site of Cihuatán, it reaches the drain of the Acelhuate River in the Lempa River, as we also noticed the widening of the Lempa River begins where the water reservoir for the Cerron Grande dam. This beautiful Lake made by the man, is the mass of larger water that owns the country and bears the name of Lake Suchitlán.

It colima located in the Department of Cuscatlán, was an important finance because their lands were used for the production of sugarcane and is processed sugar at the Mill located within these lands.

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Today activity economic cooperative that manages the Treasury Colima is the cultivation of basic grains, sugar cane and to employ labor and take advantage of the beauty of the land they are working on the sustainable development of the communities living in the surrounding area, looking for the rescue of traditions, protecting the environment and finding an economical alternative.

La Palma

Municipality of the District of Tejutla, is limited by San Ignacio and Citalá, located in the Department of Chalatenango, border with Honduras, San Salvador taken approximately 2 hours to reach the town of La Palma. Their festivities are held in honor of the Virgin Mary from 13 to 21 February.

This picturesque village located in the mountains of the North of the country, is located at an elevation of 995 M. above sea level and became famous during the time of the war by an area taken by the guerrillas. Also acquired its fame thanks to the ingenuity of Mr. Fernando Llort, who taught villagers to produce handicraft materials painted, engraved, carved and molded in wood, leather and clay for marketing in the rest of the country and outside the country. Also in this municipality is extracted the tar, which obtained by distillation of some woods such as pine.

La Palma is a nice place to visit due to its cool climate and beautiful landscapes, has a wide variety of places to enjoy a super power, as well as hosting sites to spend the night. Also in this town you can visit craft shops where you can enjoy and provide shades to the figurines of wood with his bare hands.

San Ignacio

Is very close to the neighboring town of La Palma, San Ignacio offers a cool weather because is located at 1010 M. above sea level. Their festivities held from 23 to 31 July in honor to San Ignacio de Loyola. Its main industries are the coffee, fruit, cerealista, dairy products and exploitation of forest products. There are also a variety of small businesses and shops make them with neighbouring populations cite it and La Palma.

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This small village also has craft workshops where working wood, typical eating places as well as hotels.

Miramundo

Climbing the mountains of the North arrived at cerro Miramundo which is very visited by its cool climate and pleasant landscapes. This Hill will find accommodation called Hostal Miramundo in this way you will be closer to Cerro El Pital where can demonstrate their skill of climber or batteries where you can meet the plantings of organic vegetables produced in this place. Batteries has become one of the leading producers and suppliers of fruit and organic vegetables to major supermarkets in El Salvador.

Citalá

The Villa of Citalá is 718 M. Above sea level, has a beautiful colonial church, which worth knowing since it is very close to this place. Citala, in language Mayan-chorti means “River of stars”, celebrates its patronal feast on December 8 in honor the Virgin of Concepción.

According to account history that the region was subjected to the real Spanish domain, by the conquistadors Hernando de Chavez and Pedro Amalín, who were able to storm the city of Copán after lengthy and tough fighting.

The Copan Galel King managed to escape the massacre and was to establish its headquarters in the fortified town of Citalá. Here unsuccessfully presented his last heroic resistance to the invading sea blondes.

Church of El Pilar

As the neo-classical architectural style. The Church is surrounded by an atrium that in turn is surrounded by an iron gate. It was probably built at the end of the XVII century or at the beginning of the 18th centuries. Its façade has two bodies, inside of which is the main access in an arc and other two arcs simulated with decorative elements. The Church possesses colonial images and parochial documents of the 18th century.

The Department of Chalatenango is composed of important sites which contain contemporary history, historical sites and natural sites of which it is necessary to investigate further.

It also has a turicentro called Agua Fria, which its name comes from the river and the basin of the same name. It is located to the North of the city of Chalatenango, to a height of 450 m. above sea level, has swimming pools, desvestideros, 1 restaurant, parking area and picnic area.

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