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The Sumpul River: a river with pure waters
Seventy seven kilometers long, the Sumpul River is an affluent shared resource to both Honduras and El Salvador, which originates at the edges of “El Pital.” a hill located in the municipality of San Ignacio. In addition, the Sumpul feeds from six rivers and four streams and finishes its mighty course in the Salvadorian hydroelectric power plant, “5 de Noviembre. ”
This attractive natural wonder makes its route through the municipalities of “San Fernando,” “Dulce Nombre de María,” “La Laguna,” “El Carrizal,” “Ojos de Agua,” “Nueva Trinidad,” and “San José Las Flores,” all in to the department of “Chalatenango,” in the northern zone of El Salvador.
If you find yourself visiting the mountain-packed lands of “Chalatenango,” you surely can appreciate many of these small currents of water that decorate the footpaths and streets of the zone. The river is also a symbolic memory of the ferocious armed conflicts that took place beside it, and all over the country, during the civil war.
This torrent dearly offers abundant fishing, and it also feeds the vegetables and maize plantations of the surrounding communities. Its waters can average around ten degrees Celsius (fifty Fahrenheit) or less, making it one of the purest, freshest, rivers in tropical warm El Salvador, according to the ministry of tourism’s (MITUR) data.
Where to stay?
Along the borders of the river are a variety of simple “estancias,” which are small and cheap hotels that provide perfect shelter for the night and can become a great campsite to relax with family or friends.
In addition, in the “Cantón Las Pilas,” a municipality of San Ignacio, you can enter the rivers’ creek for only $2 per person. If you need more information communicate with Ana Lilian Portillo at (503) 7559-4129.
Another perk is, the villagers’ traditional homemade food, which includes Indian hen and soup accompanied by tortillas and “cuajada,” our national cheese, for only $22 when serving groups of 4 or 5 people.
How to get there by car?
Starting in San Salvador, drive through the “Troncal del Norte”(4N) highway, heading towards “Apopa” and “Aguilares.”
RECOMMENDATION: it is essential to travel in a double traction vehicle, due to the irregular and humid land. In Chalatenango, you will have to travel to “La Palma” and “San Ignacio” by using the detour “Río Chiquito.” Travel about 8.5 km from San Ignacio to get to this detour. There is a sign that indicates the way to “Las Pilas,” found at a distance of 6 km. The River Sumpul is located about seven km from this point.
Getting to El Cantón Las Pilas:
From the detour “Río Chiquito,” travel towards the “Cantón Las Pilas.” Take the health unit building “Las Pilas” as a reference, and turn right following the dirt road. If you lose your way, the villagers will be happy to help.
Take the “Ruta 119: Terminal de Oriente” from San Salvador heading to La Palma/San Ignacio, which is available every 30 minutes. Cost will vary from $1.25 USD to $3.00 USD.
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
Translated/edited into English by Guillermo Torres