La Palma

La Palma in El Salvador is fresh climate and diversity of handicrafts. LaPamla in the Department of Chalatenango 84 kilometers from San Salvador and only 8 kilometres from the El Poy border that divides El Salvador from Honduras.

Crafts of La Palma, Chalatenango


The city was founded in 1825 and in the year of 1984 served as the stage for the first attempts of dialogue and peace talks between the guerrillas and the Salvadoran Government. The Salvadoran war began in 1980 and lasted for a period of 12 years.

There are a number of hotels where you can enjoy a quiet weekend. The economy of La Palma is based on the development of crafts. 75 per cent of its inhabitants are devoted to this field. Dozens of workshops are located along its streets is where working materials such as leather, ceramic and cotton.

Fernando Llort

One of the most emblematic by the influence that worked on the design of the craft of La Palma is the artist Fernando Llort Salvadoran. Born in 1949 in the city of San Salvador, he moved to the northern city of la Palma during the 1960s in search of a site away from the everyday life where they can develop their art.
Handicraft copinol seeds hand-painted with images of daily situations of the locals is one of the most representative artist crafts and now copied by the settlers of La Palma. Fernando Llort has had major exhibitions around the and his most important work to date has been to paint the facade of the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador.


Miramundo is located 13 kilometres from La Palma, is part of a hill within a cloud forest that offers the coldest weather around the country. Miramundo is located at 2400 meters above sea level and from here you can see much of the Salvadoran territory and majestic sunsets. The average temperature of Miramundo is of 12 degrees C.

Other places close to La Palma

San Ignacio is a small village of pleasant humid subtropical climate at 1010 metres above the sea level. Its tourist attractions include a series of hotels and agro tourism activities. The town of Citalá and the Lempa River (the longest river in the country) are a few minutes north of San Ignacio. The detour to Citalá is located near the border with Honduras and taking this road crossing a bridge on the Lempa River.

Las Pilas is the ideal place to go in search of the most fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables such as: blackberries, strawberries, peaches, lettuce and more; delicious and fresh due to the natural elevation of the area where they grow.

El Pital just 10 kilometers from San Ignacio and with a height of 2730 metres above sea level is the highest point of the Salvadoran territory. The place is ideal for climbing, making bike mountaineering and camping – being one of the most popular activities. Regular temperature is 10 to 16 degrees C.

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