Cathedral in Santa Ana

Catedral de Santa Ana

The most notable sight in Santa Ana is its large neo-Gothic cathedral, which was completed in 1913. Exquisite ornate moldings cover the church's front, while interior pillars and high archways are painted in slate a…
National Park in Parque Nacional Los Volcanes

Parque Nacional Los Volcanes

Alongside volcanoes in triplicate, Parque Nacional Los Volcanes boasts hectares of lush forest that provide sanctuary for hundreds of migrating bird species, including emerald toucanets, woodpeckers and 17 species o…
Ruins in Ruinas de Tazumal


Archaeologists estimate that the verdant Tazumal area was first settled around 5000 BC. Part of a 10-sq-km zone, much is still buried under Chalchuapa’s more basic housing. The latest restoration, inaugurated in Dec…
Ruins in Ruinas de Tazumal

Casa Blanca

Across the highway from the Tazumal site sits Casa Blanca, home to some Preclassic ruins and an indigo workshop where you can dye your own fabrics.
Church in Santa Ana

Iglesia El Calvario

El Calvario has undergone numerous hardships and catastrophes since its initial construction in the early 19th century. Today, it's a pensive place that serves the community. Visitors are welcome.
Church in Santa Ana

Iglesia El Carmen

Santa Ana's trifecta of Catholic churches is rounded out by El Carmen, which was damaged during the 2001 quake after nearly two centuries of fortitude. Visitors are welcome.
Plaza in Ahuachapán

Plaza Concordia

Green gardens and palms make Plaza Concordia an agreeable stop to catch a breeze. The kiosk occasionally holds concerts and free events.
Church in Ahuachapán

Nuestra Señora de Asunción

This church east of Plaza Concordia has pretty azulejo floors and a stained-glass Virgin.
National Park in Parque Nacional El Imposible

Parque Nacional El Imposible

Edging Guatemala, the mostly primary forest of Parque Nacional El Imposible shimmers with rivers and beautiful waterfalls. Hiking can get muddy and steep, but offers grand vistas of misty peaks and the gleaming Paci…
Farm in Apaneca

Finca Santa Leticia

Finca Santa Leticia is a coffee farm and restaurant just south of Apaneca. The highlights of the small onsite archaeological park (admission US$5) are two pot-bellied figures carved from huge basalt boulders, weighi…