Discovering San Salvador

Moving back home is always exciting, especially when you have not lived there in over a decade and you find that there are plenty of art initiatives that have emerged since you last visited!

Throughout my first weeks in the city I have found these initiatives to be the most exciting and worth a visit:

1.     Conectarte

Our most exciting find in the city center was the World Food Program’s Conectarte Murals. Conectarte is a project led by the UN, in collaboration with La Casa Tomada and the Alcaldía Municipal, in which young children from violence ridden areas participate in a series of Workshops that culminate in the creation of a community mural. Through this initiative the program has empowered the members of various communities and has transformed spaces into beautiful urban galleries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2.     La Casa Tomada

La Casa Tomada is located right in the city center and is home to an effervescent program of cultural activities- from photography to theatre and a tattoo shop, this space is home to a series of murals that impersonate our true Salvadorean heritage. Mind you, across the street is Cadejo, a brewery, which is also home to a massive mural that depicts the urban legend of Cadejo itself!   

 3.     Puerto de la Libertad

Thirty minutes from the city is one of our main ports, Puerto de la Libertad, and our surf mecca. In this area, within the beaches of El Tunco and El Zonte we’ve discovered plenty of walls that have been covered in colorful and breezy art.  

  4.     La Universidad Nacional

Also in the heart of El Salvador, at the National University there are murals that adorn the urban landscape. It’s interesting to see how each city differs…. It is not that easy to purchase spray paint cans here in San Salvador so most of the artists use acrylic paint on their walls… the effect is fantastic! Quite a change from the Barcelona Style! 

  If you're interested in visiting El Salvador, through Alternative Journeys we can totally plan your trip! See you on the tropical side!