Suchitoto, El Salvador
Suchitoto is a colonial city, founded in 1542 by Spanish explorers. It is located in the mountain region of El Salvador, approximately one hour north of the capital city of San Salvador. Suchitoto has approximately 40,000 inhabitants, similar in size and terrain to Prescott.
Suchitoto is rich in arts and culture, dating back to the Mayan period and the Spanish conquest. Named “Cultural Capital of El Salvador” by the United Nations, Suchitoto attracts artists from all over the world to its annual art festivals.
Coffee beans and sugar cane are local crops. The public can tour organic farms that harvest botanicals for the health and medical industries. Suchitoto is known to be the originator of indigo dye in the Americas. Local shops feature indigo blue clothing.
The City Hall houses an office dedicated to women’s issues and assistance with their economic development.
Nearby Lake Suchitlán is the country’s largest, with a recently completed tourist center built with Spanish and Belgian grants. Natural waterfalls glide down beautiful mountain streams through verdant areas filled with rare wildlife and beautiful flowers.
The Prescott-Suchitoto Sister City Association meets on the first Thursday of every month. Meeting are held in the Elsea room at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott, AZ 86303 beginning at 5 pm. Everyone is invited.