Suchitoto, El Salvador

The church of Suchitoto

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The church of Suchitoto

The name Suchitoto comes from the indigenous náhuatl language. It means “place of birds and flowers.” The capital city, San Salvador, was originally founded in 1528 where Suchitoto is today, but it was reconstructed in 1545 in its present location. Suchitoto’s colonial past is evident in its cobblestone streets lined with colorful, colonial buildings. Close to Suchitoto is the Cerrón Grande Hydroelectric Dam, making the area a popular day trip from San Salvador.

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You may find it interesting to listen to some examples of náhuatl, which is spoken by about 1.5 million people, mostly in Central Mexico and El Salvador. You can find these on the Internet.