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Departamento de La Paz Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 19 photos

Great Palces in my hometown

El departamento de La Paz is located in the central zone of El Salvador, it is among San Salvador, La Libertad, Cuscatlan, Cuscatlan and the Pacific Ocean. La Paz has a total area of 1,223.61 Km2 The rural area consists of 1,211.28 Km2 and the urban area has an area of 12.23 Km2. It also has a population of 292,887 (men: 154,188 ? women : 147,699).
This departamento is divided in 22 municipios (like small cities) it main city is called Zacatecoluca. I live in Olocuilta where the most delicious pupusas are sold.
Churches and convents built by religious orders can be found all around La Paz. There are wonderful samples of architectural baroque and classic styles some famous churches are located in San Juan Talpa, Olocuilta, Santa Maria Ostuma and others.
Large part of La Paz is mountains. There are more than 25 inactive volcanoes in the entire country. Many of them have big craters that show flow of petrified lava.
The river system of the La Paz is divided into different basins according to the climate, geography and vegetation. Rivers Lempa, Jalponga, Comalapa and Jiboa are included. Lempa Rivera originates in the mountains of Guatemala and has the largest volume of water flowing into the Pacific Ocean in the American continent after passing 325 kilometers through our territory. Two hydroelectric dams are located in the Lempa River supplying the country's electric power needs. La Paz has the Ilopango Lake with a body of 72KM2
El Salvador is bathed by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean in the south and it has 184 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. The tropical climate and beauty of its scenery make of the Salvadoran Pacific Coast one of the favorite spots to be visited by nationals and tourists. The beach scenery is made up of a series of geological structures such as cliffs and large rock formations covered with tropical vegetation. From the West to the East Coast, El Salvador has many beaches that can be easily accessed because they are interconnected by the "Litoral" Highway. Amatecampos, Las Hojas, La Costa del Sol, La Puntilla and others are famous for their beautiful recreational centers and their private beach clubs and they are only 40 minutes away from the capital city, are elegant hotel beach areas where events such as beauty contests and water sports competitions are carried bout.

This place has not been describe that much, however it has many interesting places. So if you are planning to come to El Salvador do not miss this unforgetable place because it has interesting places, wonderful views, lovely and friendly people and a variety of oustanding attractions.

You Can Have a lot of Fun

There are many places where you can have a lot to do, here are some examples:
South of San Salvador on the Pacific coast is an area called the Costa del Sol. You can find many places where you stay for two days with very reasonable prices these places are: Pacific Paradise Hotel. Bahia del Sol, Tesoro Beach Hotel. The rooms of hotel are clean and airconditioned. The room charge is about $60/person/night (off season) and included breakfast, lunch and dinner and a drink at each meal. you can have Steak and Lobster both nights, fresh grilled Corvina (kind of fish)at lunch served poolside and great breakfasts. The grounds are covered with coconut palms and the beach is awesome. We got up at 5am and swim in the surf both mornings.
There is a market where you can buy a lot of thing for your staying near the resturants. La puntilla is an excellent place to hang araound with your water bikes and all stuff.

Come you will not regret it...

When visiting a country it is mandatory to have a very delicious meal, specially that kind of food that we have never tasted but it is very savory so let me introduce some of the special dishes we have in La Paz.
It's funny to read that most people when asked about salvadorean typical food will say 'pupusas' - corn tortillas stuffed with cheese,beans, pork, punking or mixed and served with a vinegar preserved cabbage salad and spicy tomato sauce. However this is not the only traditional dish, but is one of the famous. salvadorean food is very rich, let's not forget that Central America claims the origins of potatoes, tomatoes, squash, cacao, peppers, beans, corn, and countless others, with this wealth of ingredients salvadoran cooking is a savory mix of the ancestral mayan traditions mixed with the spanish and creole influence. If you have a chance at Kaliflor restaurant in Santo Tomas is an excellent place to try varied salvadoran food or excellent creations of the area cook inspired by traditional salvadoran ingredients. It is not an expensive restaurant, it's really worth it. For pupusas any good 'pupuseria' found anywhere will do the trick. The best pupusas are sold in Olocuilta at La paciencia, Tania, El Manguito, El Texano(el botudo), Abrego y otros. They prepare pupusas made of corn or rice. Olocuilta is very near the capital some 30 min. from San Salvador. Otherwise many restaurants offer excellent seafood and meat dishes.

Restaurants in Olocuilta:
Any dish that is typical salvadorean will be a good bet. But if you want to taste the most savory typical food you can go to Juegos Exclusivos of Don Lito Cumbo and his wife Glorita in Olocuilta, here are a few names of the delicious food they serve:
1.Gallo en chicha (a type of 'coq au vin')
2.Sopa de frijoles (bean soup) the variety include: frijoles monos, negros, rojos and very delicious ones called sopa de frijoles frescos
3.Sopa mariscada (sea food soup)
4.Tamales de elote(corn), de gallina, tayuyos (well, there are several varieties)
5.Ceviches (these can either be seafood, fish, mixed etc. remember that it's raw fish marinated in lime juice)
6. Plato t?pico (will generally be a grilled steak with rice and beans, fried plantain, avocado and cheese.)
7. Platanos rellenos (plantains stuffed with minced meat, baked and grilled with white cheese and sour cream)
8. Chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers with meat and vegetables, very, very good)
9. Sopa de Gallina india (hen soup -broth- with vegetables and generally served with tortillas, very savory and a meal in itself.)
10. Pan con pavo or pan con chumpe (a turkey sandwich with a delicious ground spice sauce)
11. Chilate con nuegados (fried yucca with honey)
12. Grilled or fried Cotuza (the peace corps really enjoy this)
13. Consome de Garrobo
14. Cuzuco
15. Sopa de Pata (made of cow)
16. Gallina India asada(grilled hen, very delicious)
But if like Mexican food you can go to Los Antojitos, a nice place where delicious food is serve by a very famous salvadorean chef.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Super friendly people
  • Cons:Bad comments for what people saw in the past, But we have recovered from the war now.
  • In a nutshell:The affordable paradise for every one who wants to be the number 1once
  • Last visit to Departamento de La Paz: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2004
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