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Discover the hancrafts from La Palma and Suchitoto plus the ruins of Cihuatan

San Salvador, El Salvador

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  • Hotel pickup included
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Overview

Our guide will be pleased to show you the largest archeological site of El Salvador: Cihuatan.
This town is a mix of cultures after the Maya collapse, according to experts they have found influence of Maya, Lenca, Nahuas other ancient cultures.
Cihuatán was built on a low ridge in the center of the Acelhuate Valley. From there it could control traffic between the Caribbean, Honduras, and the rich river valleys and coastal plain of El Salvador. The site was surely picked for defense as well: the Western Ceremonial Center is surrounded by a low wall which probably supported a wooden palisade. The name means "place of the woman," from the imagined silhouette of a woman ("cihua") lying on her back along the ridge of the nearby Guazapa Volcano.The core of the city was the ceremonial centers, with their pyramids, ballcourts, palaces, and other civic and religious buildings. The Western Ceremonial Center is the best-known part of the city. On the edge of the ridge just outside is the West Terrace, which might have been the marketplace. Across a deep gully lies the Eastern Ceremonial Center.
The ceremonial platforms of Cihuatán are made of thin slabs of volcanic rock, covering an earthen core. The structures which once stood on them were made of clay plastered over woven sticks ("wattle and daub"), with thatch roofs. Both platforms and the buildings were probably painted. Large hourglass shaped incense burners once stood on the western corners of the platforms, flanking the wide stairs.
A small museum will introduce you to the most relevant information of the park.
Then we will visit La Palma the craft’s town, which was impulse by the international Salvadorian artist Fernando Llort, and helped the comunity given new jobs to the ones in need. A local artist will guide you on your Own La palma souvenir.
After the visit of La Palma, You will visit a popular weekend destination : Suchitoto, a well preserved colonial village in El Salvador; cobbled streets, nice handcrafts shops , art galleries. The duration of the tour is 8 hours.

Information

Includes:
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Excludes:
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Meeting Point

Hotel pick-up from following areas: Miramonte, Escalon, Zona Rosa, Santa Elena, Gran Via
If staying elsewhere, meeting point would be in our offices.
Departure Time:
7:45 AM
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
  • Discover the hancrafts from La Palma and Suchitoto plus the ruins of Cihuatan
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