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Copapase is the most established artists cooperative in the area – it even has a small museum.
Local cooperative La Semilla de Dios, founded in 1977 by Fernando Llort himself, crafts quality products in workshops behind the store...
Hipster coffee has arrived in La Palma! This small, incongruously good coffee shop on the square roasts its own beans and serves homemade cakes to tables of very relieved local folk and out-of-town connoisseurs.
Behind the town's wildest mural lies chunky beef sandwiches outdone only by a sausage- and steak- laden plato típico (grilled meat, bananas, beans, cheese and cream).
Expect top food at this popular cafe on the town square, namely steak, vegetable grills and various desserts. Coffee is strong and hot.
These delicious thin-based pizzas make a welcome change from the standard Central American fare.
Tiny San Ignacio's answer to the cooperatif also serves basic meals and provides information for hikers.
If you've got kids along (or even if you don't), this fun park 3km out of town should provide some light relief from all the religious business...
This has a 50m-deep cave (bring your own light), grassy picnic areas and the Río El Milagro, where people come for a dip and say it's miraculous...
A massive pile of stone that has resisted the power of earthquakes for almost 250 years, the basilica is approached through a pretty park and up a wide flight of steps...
Minibuses to the El Salvador border at Anguiatú
This main-street Chinese eatery does all the standard dishes, plus steaks and a good range of licuados (milkshakes). Home delivery is available.
Pullman buses to Santa Elena (Petén) and points in between.
Typical of many restaurants here, this big eating-barn turns out cheap meals for the pilgrims. It has a wide menu, strip lighting and loud TV.
Pullman buses to Guatemala City.
The best steakhouse in town (featuring some of the best steaks for miles around) also serves up some decent seafood and pasta dishes. The pizza is worth a look-in, too.
Opposite Rutas Orientales bus station, this is a round building with chairs arranged around a circular open-air counter under a big awning. It's a welcoming place – clean and fresh...
Apuzunga is one of the better known and most developed of the thermal-springs resorts in El Salvador. The real plus here are the rapids running below the bar-restaurant (mains US$5 to US$12)...
Fronting the town square and backing onto Metapán's football stadium, this incongruously good sports bar is more than a place to sink beers and cheer on Los Caleros ...
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