Which borders Guatemala , features many of the country's prime ecotourism destinations beautiful natural lakes, the country's second-largest city, acclaimed archaeological sites, colonial towns, coffee plantations and beautiful views at every turn. Beaches along the western coast include Barra de Santiago, home to a sea turtle rescue project, and numerous black sand beaches nestled in volcanic coves.
Santa Ana , the country's second-largest city with a quarter-million inhabitants, offers several fine hotels and restaurants, and is a convenient base from which to explore the western region. Santa Ana 's attractions include the recently-restored National Theater and a lovely cathedral, built in the early 20 th century.
Nearby Coatepeque Lake , formed by the collapse of a volcanic caldera, is one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America with azure water surrounded by steep forested cliffs.
Lake Guija , shared by El Salvador and Guatemala covers 42 square kilometers, about 70% of which belongs to El Salvador . It is an excellent spot for bird watching, as are the Imposible, Montecristo and Los Andes Parks in the western region.
Many picturesque towns will be found in the west, including Apaneca, Atiquizaya, Izalco and Nahuizalco. Apanica, a charming colonial town of red-roofed, adobe houses, is set among highlands farms where some of El Salvador 's finest coffee is grown. Near Atiquizaya, visitors can stop for a swim at the Malacatiupan hot springs and waterfall. In colonial Izalco are found El Salvador 's two oldest churches, dating to 1570 and 1580, while neighboring Nahuizalco is famed for its production of rattan furniture and crafts.
Are found the country's capital, two large lakes, crafts communities, colonial towns and some popular beaches. A great place to get a bird's eye view of the central region is Balboa Park and Puerta del Dialble., on the outskirts of San Salvador . From a rocky perch at 1'130 m ASL can be seen the capital, Lake Llopango , the Pacific coast, almost all of the country's volcanoes, and the town of Panchimalco.
Including its lovely colonial church, built in 1736. Three of the country's most popular crafts communities – Llobasco, San Sebastiàn and La Palma – are found in the central region. Along with some wonderful beaches for sunbathing and surfing, such as Costa del Sol and La Libertad. Lake Llopango , just outside of San Salvador , covers 72 square kilometers and reaches a maximum depth of 248 meters .
It is a popular spot for swimming, boating and diving. Lake Suchitlàn , a man-made lake formed by the Cerròn Grande Dam, is located less then an hour's drive from San Salvador . Besides swimming, boating and fishing, guided excursions are available to some nearby natural attractions, including waterfall and hot spring. The lovely, colonial town of Suchitoto overlooks the lake and offers two interesting museums, dedicated to numismatics and Salvadoran art. Highlights of the Suchitoto town fair, held from December 6 to the 13 each year , include a candlelight procession and parades with decorated carts.
Extends beyond the Lempa River and includes beautiful white sand beaches, mangrove estuaries, majestic volcanoes and cool, mountain villages. The coastal highway passes Jiquilisco Bay, near Usulután, where boats can be hired to visit mangroves or local beaches. A succession of first-rate beaches is found from the bay all the way to the Gulf. Along the eastern coast, visitors will find plenty of fresh seafood, including shrimp and lobster, and some appetizing seafood chowders, like San Miguel's acclaimed mariscada. San Miguel, the largest town in the eastern region and third-largest in the country, offers fine hotels and restaurants and is a convenient base from which to explore nearby mountains and coast.
The Chaparrastique, or San Miguel, Volacano rises majestically above the town to a height of 2,130 m ASL and occasionally emits ash clouds from its active crater. Interesting sights within the town include the Chapel of the Miraculous Medallion, with a pleasant garden and lovely stained-glass windows. A road climbs 90 kilometers north from San Miguel to the mountain town of
Perquìn, passing through fields of maguey and hamlets where residents spin twine that will be processed into hemp rope and hammocks. Perquìn, once considered the center of El Salvador 's guerrilla movement, is best known today for a museum run be ex-guerrillas and featuring mementos of the war. Other interesting towns nearby include San Francisco Gotera, a picturesque community of tilde adobe houses, and Cacaopera, an indigenous community with another small museum. This area also offers hiking in pine clad mountains and the chance to visit two caves with walls painted by some of El Salvador’s earliest inhabitants, near the town of Corinto. East and south of San Miguel lie's the magnificent Gulf of Fonseca, shared by the countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The first Spaniards led by Anrès Niño, set foot on what is now Salvadoran soil on May 31, 1522, at Meanguera Island in the Gulf. Boats may be rented in La Uniòn for tours to Meanguera and other nearby islands.
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