Alegría is a beautiful mountain town enjoying a renaissance with domestic visitors. Its lofty location, near-spotless streets and windowsills overflowing with rose bushes, sunflowers and orchids give it a fairytale feel quite unlike the rest of El Salvador. Young artists and new businesses are infusing energy here. A few lazy days and nights hiking by the lake and promenading the town square could well prove a highlight of your travels.
The friendly tourist agency has a municipal office and a booth on the Parque Central. It also offers some worthy guided hikes (US$10 to US$15 per half day) to coffee plantations, geothermal plants and sites related to philosopher and native Alegrían, Alberto Masferrer.
The scenic crater lake La Laguna de Alegría is a 2km downhill walk from town. Its icy waters are said to be medicinal. Don’t miss the beautiful view from the Mirador de las Cien Grados – a vista point at the top of 100 steps. You can also take the road toward Berlín, another pretty mountain village.