Santa Ana Travel Guide

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Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador. It is located about 40 miles from the capital city, San Salvador. The city has year round warm weather. Though it can be very humid and hot there is also lots of rainfall. Santa Ana is surrounded by green hills and lots of trees. In the south part of Santa Ana is Ilamatepec, the highest volcano in the country and nearby is Izalco which was known to sailors in the 1800's as the Pacific Lighthouse for its frequent eruptions.

The city is of Pre Columbian origins with the founders being the Pocomame tribes. The Pipiles later entered and took over the area in 1200 AD.The indigenous name in Nahuat for the city is Sihuatehuacán which means "place of priestesses." In 1569 a Guatemalan bishop changed the name to Santa Ana.

Santa Ana has areas with many factories from foreign countries due to retail and manufacturing being the city's main source of income. The southern part of the city is more devoloped, there are many restaurants, hotels, banks and malls.

Overall the city is a great place to be. Unfortunately the poverty level is very obvious but the people there can fool you. The people are full of life and extremely nice. They may not have much but are always willing to offer you what they can.

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