The Pacific city of Acajutla was claimed by Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century, and subsequently flourished into a major colonial seaport.
As El Salvador’s principle exit route for the country’s exports of coffee, sugar and balsam, Acajutla, was originally a Mayan village and its ruins near the present-date port represent a real insight into Mayan culture.
Los Cabanos beach, near to the port, is a long stretch of white sands, blue waves and abundant reefs – it is a mecca for diving. Izalco Volcano, which erupted almost continuously from its birth in 1770 to 1958 earning it the nickname of Lighthouse of the Pacific, is a local highlight. Its last eruption was in 1966 and visitors today climb to the summit to view the now-dormant caldera.