Welcome to Northern El Salvador
Suchitoto – everyone's favorite Salvadoran colonial town – is deservedly the area's most well-known attraction. On some weekends it can feel like the cultural center of Central America, and it makes a fabulous base for a visit to the country.
La Palma is a unique artists' hangout, famous for naïve art which continues to capture the world’s imagination, while hiking trips from San Ignacio and Miramundo are world class. The commercial hub of Chalatenango – the center of what is now El Salvador’s safest province – is a proud farming town with a strong community spirit, as seen in an ongoing dispute with international mining companies.
The Chalatenango district bore the brunt of the military’s tierra arrasada (scorched land) tactics, which burned fields and killed livestock as a form of combat. The main provider of water and hydroelectric power for El Salvador, the district faces a serious deforestation problem.