Postcard From: Suchitoto, El Salvador

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Tourism is on the up in Suchitoto. Cute cafes serving great coffee line the streets and when evening arrives, there’s a buzz around the main square as Salvadoreans escape the city for a slice of lake life and backpackers tuck into tasty pupusas. 


Why go?

Suchitoto is pretty. Think multicoloured mountain town with incredible lake views just over an hour from San Salvador. When I visited, it was easy to eat, drink and get around as a traveller, however without feeling that you were part of a backpacker stampede. Go before it hits everyone else’s radar!

My highlights

I enjoyed one of the best coffees of the trip in Casa Abuela next to the town’s whitewashed cathedral. After that, I walked down to the lake shore and spotted so many birds along the way. Look out for orange bellied orioles, hummingbirds and El Salvador’s national bird; the stunning Torogoz. With the mercury hitting 40 degrees in the afternoon, I had to retire poolside but come evening I was ready for some cheesy pupusas in the town square.

With hindsight…

It was hot! While two days was enough to get an introduction to Suchitoto, with hindsight  I would factor a few more lazy afternoons into my visit. This would have allowed me more mornings to see the town’s waterfalls and take a full day trip onto lake Suchitlan.

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