Nahuizalco El Salvador is a remarkable small colonial town full of indigenous traditions and customs; it has an unbelievable history that is imprinted all over the city. The community of Pre-Hispanic origins welcomes visitors with open arms and smiles; therefore making the town, one of the most visited touristic spot in the country.
About Nahuizalco in El Salvador.
Nahuizalco is a town of pre-hispanic origins ideal for visiting and exploring, the city is charming and full of traditions focused on colonial times.
This region, during colonial times, was part of the Izalco territory, and it was populated by the Pipil people; some of their customs and traditions are still visible in today’s Nahuizalco.
Before I continue, I want to share some facts and information about this small town.
- The name of the town in Nahuatl means “Four Izalcos.”
- Nahuizalco is one of the six towns in La Ruta de Las Flores.
- The town is well known for its crafts, especially the ones made up of Wicker and Tule.
- Some people in town are able to speak Nahuat.
- In Nahuizalco you will see locals wearing traditional Pipil attire.
From all the towns in El Salvador with ties to colonial times, or even before; Nahuizalco stands out among the rest, mostly because of its Indigenous traditions and customs that are visible today.
You can experience Nahuizalco with all its history and traditions in a day or two; here are some of the things you can do and enjoy at this colorful city.
Wicker and Tule handicrafts in Nahuizalco.
Nahuizalco is recognized and famous for its handicrafts made out of wicker and tule that you can buy for yourself or as gifts; these items are things such as baskets, floor mats, and even furniture.
These crafts are available for you to buy at any of the small shops all over town. If you ever make it to Nahuizalco, make sure you support the local economy by purchasing some of these items.
Another way to enjoy this town is to see and experience how the Wicker and tule crafts are made. In the city, you will find workshops that show and explain how the whole process works; who knows, they might even let you make your own crafts.
Experience the Night Market
Here is an interesting question for you, do you want to experience shopping at night, under candlelight, and in a town with a vast Pre-Hispanic colonial history? well, if the answer is yes, here is your chance to get it done.
The Nahuizalco night market, at night and until around 10pm, the streets in the market around the central plaza, are lit only by candles. During this time you can buy the products made of wicker and tule and also other fantastic local crafts.
Experience the night market, even if you don’t buy anything.
Visit the Colonial Church
El Salvador history and the catholic religion go hand in hand since colonial times. Most small Salvadoran towns with a history going back to colonial times have beautiful churches; Nahuizalco is one of these towns.
The San Juan Bautista Parish in Nahuizalco is a magnificent colonial-style church located in the center of town. Visitors come to this church because of their spirituality and fate or to appreciate its history and beauty. If you make it to Nahuizalco; make sure to include this seventeenth-century colonial church in your must-see list.
Here is some relevant information about this church, it was severely damaged during the earthquakes in 2001; however, since then, it has been restored and officially open to the public.
Also, the town celebrates its festivities every year towards the end of June. The celebrations are in honor of Saint John the Baptist; so, if you visit during this time, you will see a more colorful colonial town.
Explore the town
One of the best ways to enjoy Nahuizalco is to walk around and explore the town.
Undoubtedly, you need to visit the colonial church and the plaza; however, the best way to see the culture is simply to walk around and mingle with the locals.
The best time to visit Nahuizalco is during the weekends; there will be more local activities and events to see and enjoy.
Where to stay at Nahuizalco El Salvador?
Nahuizalco is a small town located near the capital and other larger cities; therefore, accommodations in Nahuizalco are limited. But, I am not saying that they don’t exist, I just haven’t been able to find any that I can recommend.
Most people visiting the town do it on day trips from nearby cities. If you are looking to spend the night at Nahuizalco; I am sure you will be able to find some kind of accommodation. I just don’t have a single hotel or hostal that I can recommend.
Nahuizalco is in the department of Sonsonate about 75 kilometers from San Salvador; it’s located off the flowers route “La Ruta de Las Flores” or CA-8.
The best way to get to this town is different depending on your starting location. All I can say is that this colonial town is centrally located, and it will not be hard for you to get there if you are driving. Just input Nahuizalco’s location into a map application and follow the directions, it’s that easy.
One of the best ways to enjoy this colonial town is to do it on tour; the cost is reasonable, and the guides are knowledgeable. The touring company will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the end of the day.
To sum up, the Pre-Hispanic colonial town of Nahuizalco is one of the best to visit in El Salvador; it is full of traditions and history dating back to pre-colonial times. Visit Nahuizalco, you will love it!