There’s no country in Central America without a colonial town. In El Salvador, it’s “Suchitoto”. About a two-hour drive away from El Zonte, Suchitoto is worth a trip for a couple of days if you want to get away from the beach. Suchitoto is not as big as Antigua Guatemala, for example, but actually, that’s what we like on Suchitoto.
Hordes of tourists won’t surround you here. With its cobblestone streets and colorful houses, the iconic church, and the lake “Suchitlán”, Suchitoto is a perfect “stop-over” on your way to the world heritage site of “Copan” in Honduras, for example.
What are the best things to do in Suchitoto?
Suchitoto is a paradise for bird watchers and photographers. You can make boat trips on the lake and hire a guide to show you the best places around. Also, close to Suchitoto, there is an imposing waterfall (“Cascada Los Tercios”). During dry season sometimes there no or little water, but then you can see the unusual rock formation with hexagonal, column structure of its rocks.
Besides that, Suchitoto is a pretty quiet town with a couple of cafés but a wide selection of hostels and hotels. Try Casa 1800, the “rocking chair” on the top of their terrace is one of the most “instagrammable” places in El Salvador. Also, there’s a recommendable tour operator that offers a large variety of one or multi-day trips all over El Salvador. Try “Salvadorean Tours“! The “Volcano “Santa Ana”, for example, is something that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in El Salvador.
How to get to Suchitoto?
There’s cheap public transport from El Tunco and San Salvador to Suchitoto. Please check this excellent website: Centrocoasting!
Nevertheless, it’s quite a hassle to do so, and if you don’t have that much time, a private shuttle would be the better option probably. Again, Salvadorean Tours would be an option to get from Playa El Tunco or El Zonte to Suchitoto.
Where should I stay?
There’re several budget options in Suchitoto, starting at about US$20 per night. The Hotels can get a bit pricy, especially during public holidays. So be sure to have a reservation before you arrive. Depending on your budget, there’s a large variety of accommodation options.