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.
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!
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.
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.