Suchitoto

Travel Guide Central America El Salvador Suchitoto

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Introduction

Suchitoto - Church at Parque Centenario

Suchitoto - Church at Parque Centenario

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Suchitoto is located in the Cuscatlán department and is known throughout El Salvador for its cobblestoned streets and its famous historic Church. In fact, Suchitoto is one of the few places left in the country were one can still find cobblestoned streets. On top of that, it also is surrounded by some great landscapes and has an excellent view of the Suchitlán lake. Both among foreigners and Salvadoreans it is a very popular destination for Salvadoreans and besides its picture perfect looks it has some wide activities and sights including art galleries, handicrafts markets and cultural centers.

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Sights and Activities

  • Los Tercios (On the road south towards San Martín, turn left at the gas station, following the signs for Los Tercios. After about 2km, there is a small sign and parking space on the left. A short trail leaves from there. Go straight for a viewpoint for the lake. Keep right to climb down some rocks to the waterfall.). A waterfall made of a formation of hexagonal rocks. Note that even during the rainy season, the waterfall is usually dry; the hexagonal rocks are fascinating nevertheless. The tourism office recommends to visit Los Tercios only accompanied by tourism police who might join you there in the afternoon. The road to Los Tercios is relatively busy and there are also often tourists at the waterfall. There have been no recent incidents, but whether you deem the escort necessary is up to you

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Getting There

There is a frequent bus service from San Martín, on the Panamericana to Suchitoto. To get to San Martín take any eastbound bus from San Salvador por any westbound bus from San Miguel.

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Getting Around

The town itself is very small. You should be able to cover all distances on foot.

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Sleep

  • Hotel Luna Blanca (One block south from the parque on 1a Ave Sur). The cheapest option in town. Has dormitorios which are actually private rooms with a fan and a shared bathroom. Spacious terrace. $6 for a private dorm.
  • Los Almendros de San Lorenzo, ☎ +503 2-335 1200. Historical hotel with suites with air conditioning, gourmet restaurant & bar, tropical gardens & pool.
  • La Posada de Suchitlán, ☎ +503 2335-1064, fax: +503 2335-1277. Colonial - like hotel made of adobe and wood.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are available in pretty much every town and charge around US$1-2 per hour. There is almost always wifi (usually free of charge) in hostels, mostly in midrange and luxury hotels (but less so in budget hotels and guesthouses), but connection speeds and reliability varies dramatically. Be aware that many high-end hotels charge between $3 and $10 per day for internet use although some will let you log on and print an airline boarding pass free of charge.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international country code for El Salvador is 503. The general emergency number is 911.

To place a call within El Salvador, simply dial the eight-digit number beginning with 2 for landlines and 7 for cellphones.

The main companies are Movistar, Tigo, Digicel, and Claro, with Tigo reputedly giving the best overall reception. When using your own cell phone, the roaming can cost anywhere between $1 and $4 a minute and internet charges are extremely high as well. It's better to buy a local SIM card, which can be bought for about US$25-30 and have much lower rates. Especially when you are in the country for a longer time and wish to use internet and make a call regularly, this might be a better option.

Pay-as-you-go phones can be purchased in the airport, the cheapest of which cost $60. Make sure to ask if the phone can take international calls and how much this costs, as packages vary and can be restrictively expensive. Look out for promotions such as free incoming calls and cheap international calls for US$0.10 a minute with certain networks.

Post

Correos de El Salvador is the country's postal service. Most towns in El Salvador have post offices marked by a blue sign reading correos. Post offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm in larger cities, and 7:00am to noon and 2:00 to 5:00pm in small towns. To mail a standard letter or a postcard from El Salvador to the United States costs around US$0.70 and US$1 to Europe and Australia. It might take anywhere from a week to the USA to a few weeks further afield. If you'd like to send a package, it might be better to use an international company like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and not overly expensive.

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