Welcome to Salcajá


Dating from 1524, the Iglesia de San Jacinto, two blocks west on 3a Calle from the main road, was the first Christian temple in Central America. It is also known as the Ermita Conquistadora De La Inmaculada Concepción, a reference to Pedro de Alvarado, the devout Catholic who conquered the territory. The small squat structure appears quite austere from outside, but within are original paintings and a beautiful painted-wood altar.

Salcajá is famed for its traditional ikat-style textiles, remarkable for the hand-tied and dyed threads that are laid out in the preferred pattern on a loom. Shops selling bolts of this fabric are ubiquitous here, and you can usually visit the workshops before purchasing.


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