Shore Excursion Details

Historical Sonsonate: Trains and Traditions

Acajutla, El Salvador

Historical Sonsonate: Trains and Traditions


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    hrs Estimate Duration

Gain an understanding of Sonsonate’s historical importance and how the railroad affected it on an enlightening walk through town. Founded on the Rio Grande de Sonsonate river in 1524, the town of Sonsonate flourished due to its cacao and coffee trade and easy access to the port of Acajutla. On the main plaza, you will see the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, perhaps the most revered of the many churches in town. As you meander elsewhere, take notice of the colonial buildings, which the guide will describe in detail. The railway that links Sonsonate to Acajutla across a coastal plain was the very first in El Salvador and spurred the creation of other railways. You will hear more about the train system while enjoying a cup of coffee in the area’s first railway station, which has been thoroughly renovated. For an understanding of what railway travel was once like in Acajutla, you will take a brief train ride.

• Discover how Sonsonate thrived after El Salvador’s first railway linked it to Acajutla.
• Enjoy a cup of coffee in the area’s first railway station, which was the Acajutla terminus.
• Enjoy an enlightening walk through Sonsonate and see its colonial-era buildings.

• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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