Izalco to Sonsonate

From the junction with the Pan-American Highway, just west of Colón, route CA 8 heads west, past Armenia, to the town of Izalco (population: 70,959) at the foot of Izalco volcano (8 km from Sonsonate, bus 53C). The town has evolved from the gradual merging of the
village of Dolores Izalco and the indigenous village of Asunción Izalco. In colonial times this was an important trading centre and experienced a communist rebellion in 1932. Today the town is experiencing a tourist revival with good colonial architecture, a prominent and active indigenous population, and rich heritage of religious imagery which blends indigenous and Roman Catholic beliefs, and produces regular processions and festivals. A week-long festival celebrating El Salvador del Mundo runs 8-15 August and there is also a local celebration from 24 November to 10 December. The Feast of John the Baptist runs from 17-24 June.


The town of Izalco and Izalco volcano are not directly connected by road. A paved road branches off the Pan-American highway 14 km before the turning for Izalco town (about 22 km from Sonsonate) and goes up towards Cerro Verde, Volcán Izalco and Lago de Coatepeque.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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