geo Central Zone: Chalatenango

Beautiful and majestic mountains, the largest farmlands in the country, and the oldest indigo farms around, you’ll find them all in Chalatenango. It’s one of the largest departments in the country and it invites you to enjoy the best ecotourism has to offer.

Chalatenango is the fifth largest department at 2,017 square kilometers, and within them you’ll find a great variety of tourism options. One of its most famous destinations is El Pital, the tallest mountain in El Salvador, towering over the rest of the country at 2,730 meters above sea level.

The cool weather is one of the main attractions for tourists that explore the extensive organic farmlands, seeking the best produce to pluck themselves. It’s highly recommended to stay in Chalatenango for two or more days so you can get some rest after the scenic hikes. There are many great lodging options with cabins, hotels, hostels and more all around the department.

Additionally, Chalatenango is one of the largest indigo producers in the region. It’s also characterized for being one of the most important coffee growing zones in El Salvador, especially the municipalities of San Ignacio, Tejutla and La Palma, where some coffee growers have managed to position themselves by winning the prestigious Cup of Excellence awards. You’ll be able to taste wonderful coffee AND take tours that showcase the production process.

If you’re looking for cool weather, Chalatenango offers it in spades. No matter where you want to go within the department, you’ll find lodging for every budget where you’ll be able to relax and unplug from the hustle and bustle of the city. Likewise, the gastronomy has much to offer, from local specialties to international cuisine.

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