Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Chalchuapa

Tazumal

In the K’iche’ language Tazumal means ‘pyramid where the victims were burned.’ Archaeologists estimate that the verdant 10-sq-km Tazumal area – much of which is still buried under Chalchuapa’s housing – was first se…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Los Volcanes

Parque Nacional Los Volcanes

Alongside volcanoes in triplicate, Parque Nacional Los Volcanes has hectares of lush forest that provide sanctuary for hundreds of migrating bird species, including emerald toucanets, woodpeckers and 17 species of h…
Top Choice 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 it rewards with panoramas of misty peaks and the gleamin…
National Park in Parque Nacional Montecristo

Parque Nacional Montecristo

The cloud forest–cloaked mountains of Parque Nacional Montecristo are home to abundant flora and fauna that make it a magnet for nature lovers and researchers. From the park entrance, a 45-minute drive up a steep mu…
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…
Theater in Santa Ana

Teatro de Santa Ana

The Teatro de Santa Ana is an opulent Renaissance-style building constructed using funds from an export tax on coffee beans. The epitome of wealth, excess and culture, it features stained-glass windows, marble stair…
Ruins in Chalchuapa

Casa Blanca

Across the highway from Chalchuapa town center and the Tazumal site sits Casa Blanca, home to some Preclassic Maya ruins set in attractive woodland. An excellent museum with detailed explanations in English and the …
Church in Metapán

Iglesia de San Pedro

Metapán's town square features the glorious Iglesia de San Pedro, the jewel in a restored old quarter where the sense of civic pride is palpable. In the park opposite, languid Salvadoran family life carries on into …
Farm in Apaneca

Finca Santa Leticia

Finca Santa Leticia is a coffee farm, hotel and restaurant just south of Apaneca. The highlight here is the small onsite archaeological park (admission US$8; call ahead) displaying two pot-bellied figures carved fro…
Nature Reserve in Metapán

Reserva Ecologica El Limo

Fourteen kilometers north of Metapán is the lush Reserva Ecologica El Limo, home to incredible cascadas (waterfalls). Drivers near the turnoff to Frontera Anguiatú will offer to drive you there for about US$30, othe…