La Palma in Chalatenango. A colorful mountain town.

By Eddie Galdamez
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
La Palma in Chalatenango

La Palma in Chalatenango is a mountainous municipality located in the department of Chalatenaango. The city of La Palma played a significant role during the civil war peace negotiations and is one of the most well-known towns for craft in the country.

The colorful small town of La Palma is known for its handcrafted objects made out of wood or Copinol Seeds. These crafts are made in numerous shops all over town and sold all over the country.

La Palma in Chalatenango
City of La Palma in Chalatenango.

The city is located at an elevation of about 1000 feet above sea level; therefore, it enjoys a colder mountainous climate almost the entire year. La Palma sits about 80 kilometers from San Salvador and about 10 kilometers from the Honduran border.

First Dialogue for Peace in La Palma in 1984.

The city of La Palma in Chalatenango was the location of the first dialogue between the FMLN guerrillas and the government of ex-president Jose Napoleon Duarte. This was the first time both sides agreed to peace talks since the civil conflict started around 1980.

The historic meeting would take place with strong opposition. Some opposed gathering with guerilla fighters as it would give them legitimacy.

Later on and by a Legislative Decree from the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly, the town of La Palma was proclaimed as the Cradle of Peace or La Cuna de La Paz in Spanish.

El Salvador Artisan Route or Ruta Artesanal.

The colorful city of La Palma is part of the Artisan tourist Route or Ruta Artesanal. This is an enjoyable route that combines various types of attractions that revolve around local arts and crafts, and history. The other towns on this route are San Ignacio, Citala, San Sebastian, Ilobasco, and Suchitoto.

Fernando Llort and Naif Art from La Palma.

Renowned Salvadoran painter Fernando Llort moved to the city of La Palma in the early ’60s. Llort is credited with the creation of Naif art, a type of art design recognized all over the country.

Naif art is a technique that consists of representing moments of everyday rural life, as well as typical flora and fauna into Copinol Seeds or wood. These types of crafts are the most recognizable from La Palma.

Llort came to La Palma in the 1960s, at which point he worked on developing Naif Art. A technique that he shared with others in the city.

La Palma in Chalatenango
Crafts from La Palma

Activities in La Palma.

These are some activities that you can do while visiting La Palma. They are recommendations that can help you enjoy your visit to this colorful town.

Go shopping for local artcrafts. It goes without saying, you can’t visit La Palma and not buy locally made handcrafted souvenirs. Support the local economy by spending at a few local stores, everyone in town will appreciate it.

Visit a local artisan shop. If you want to know how handcrafted items are made, visit a local shop that will allow you to see the process. At these shops, you can see all the work and effort that goes into making each piece; also, some of these shops will allow you to participate and create your own object.

Enjoy the ecotourism in the area. La Palma is surrounded by dense forest; therefore, there are plenty of ecotourist activities that you can enjoy, such as camping or hiking.

Enjoy the weather. Because of its location, the town enjoys a colder suitable climate for almost the entire year. This weather is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the local atmosphere.

Try the local coffee. The coffee plantations in the area are not as widespread or popular as others in the nation. Nevertheless, the coffee from this region is fantastic, and it has won many coffee awards in the country.

Stroll around town and get to know the locals and the city. The best way to explore and enjoy La Palma is to wander around town. Visit the central park, the church, the stores, and the local market. Immerse yourself into the local culture, even if it is just for the day.

Even though La Palma is a small town, there are plenty of activities that can be done.

Other Activities near La Palma.

These are some activities that are available to do near the city of La Palma.

Visit Miramundo. Miramundo is part of a foggy forest that is located about nine kilometers northeast of La Palma, near El Pital. This area is one of the coldest in the country; this is due to Miramundo being located at over 2,200 feet above sea level.From Miramundo, you will get some astonishing views of the Salvadoran territory. Furthermore, Miramundo is an ideal place to go camping and enjoy the colder mountainous climate.

San Ignacio. You can visit San Ignacio, another colorful small town in the Artesian touristic route. It is located about three kilometers away from La Palma.

Visit Las Pilas, a rural area belonging to the municipality of San Ignacio. It’s located about nine kilometers from the city of La Palma near the border with Honduras. This area is ideal for those who like spending time outdoors; also, it is a popular camping site.

Lastly, El Pital Mountain. El Pital mountain is one of the most beloved and famous national parks in El Salvador. It is located about 15 kilometers from the city. El Pital is the highest point in the Salvadoran territory, at over 2,700 feet above sea level. The area is ideal for climbing, ecotourism, biking, and camping.

La Palma El Salvador
The city of La Palma.


The city and surrounded areas have numerous hotels where you can enjoy a quiet weekend with family or friends. These are some popular accommodations in the city and its surroundings.

There are other options available in addition to the ones listed above. Furthermore, in this area, you will find fantastic camping options.

The City of La Palma.

The colorful city of La Palma is a fantastic place to get away from the hustle of city life or hot weather.

At La Palma in Chalatenango, you will find a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of character, great handmade crafts, and a fantastic cup of coffee to keep you warm. Additionally, the views from this town high up in the mountains are just astonishing.

So, Travel to El Salvador and visit the colorful city of La Palma, the weather is fantastic, the people are amazing, and the scenery is even better!

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