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Izalco’s New Náhuatl-Pipil Route
Translated/Edited into English by: Luciana Navarro
Last December, the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador officially launched Route Náhuatl-Pipil in the municipality of Izalco, in Sonsonate. This new route, a MITUR project, is comprised of several municipalities and is a refreshing option for tourists and foreigners. This brand new project is characterized by the rich history and culture of the villages and towns of Sonsonate it runs through.
The main objective of Route Náhuatl-Pipil is to exhibit the culture of these villages. Among the primary * are the hikes through the rustic streets that lead towards Canton Tapalshucut, where one can find the Temezcal, a local adobe hut which is regarded as a sacred spiritual center by many locals. In Temezcal, services for hydrotherapy and aromatherapy are easily available for tourists.
The Nahuatl-Pipil Route includes the municipalities Santo Domingo de Guzmán, San Antonio del Monte, Izalco, Nahuizalco, Cuisnahuat and San Julián. The commercialization of artisanal products and the local gastronomy- derived from corn, beans, cacao and salve- is also one of the main purposes of the project. One of the most peculiar attractions is Las Cascadas de Escuco, a heavenly waterfall where ancient native rituals are still performed.
How to arrive by car:
If arriving from San Salvador, drive down Carretera Panamericana (CA-8) towards Santa Ana and Sonsonate. In the location known commonly as “El Poliedro”, in the municipality of Lourdes, take the right turn, towards Sonsonate,
How to arrive by bus:
Traveling by bus, there are two options. From the west bus terminal in San Salvador, take the special 205 route for $1.30 USD, which will take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, or the normal 205 route for $0.75 USD, which will take approximately one hour and forty-five minutes.