Santa Tecla, El Salvador

What is Santa Tecla, El Salvador known for?


excellent place

are ornamentals such as “cartuchos”, hydrangeas, begonias and wild “sultanas”. There is wildlife such as armadillos, raccoons, deer, and foxes, among others. You can request the company of guides, such as the Tourism Police (POLITUR) if you are brave and fit enough to hike down to “El Boqueroncito” inside the large crater. From there you can see the “Picacho” the highest point of the volcano, which an excellent place for mountain is biking. Worth noting that El Boquerón last eruption took place


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for people with disabilities and trails into the forest. Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano Located on top of San Salvador volcano at 1,800mts and just 13.6 kilometers from Downtown Santa Tecla, this park main attraction is an amazing crater 5 kilometers in diameter and 558 meters deep. El Boquerón enjoys a cool climate year round. The park offers many walking trails through pine trees where you can appreciate the beauty of plants cultivated in this site. Among the plant species identified


community development

history. Some of the highlights to be found within the square include: A monument to the memory of Daniel Hernandez; a teacher who at the early age of fifteen was considered an expert on subjects as diverse as mathematics, geography, astronomy and chemistry. Hernandez, from whom the square receives its name, also contributed to the foundation and design of the streets of Villa Santa Tecla, which at the time was meant to be the new capital of El Salvador. Hernandez also promoted community

development projects such as the installation of water services and the first illuminated plaza in the city; he was also one of the founders of San Rafael Hospital (located on the outskirts of Santa Tecla). On July 16, 1896, Hernandez died in the city he helped to build. Jose Maria San Martin Town Square right thumb 200px José San Martin Park (Image:Parque San Martin Santa Tecla LL El Salvador 2011.jpg) The city of Santa Tecla, formerly known as “Nueva San Salvador”, was the temporary capital of El Salvador in the mid nineteenth century. This left behind many historic buildings and landmarks including two historic town squares within its historical center: José María San Martín and Daniel Hernandez. The first one is located on street Daniel Hernandez, better known as the Pan-American Highway. This plaza is the scene of a monument in honor of former president, José María San Martín, who issued a decree authorizing the establishment of the city under the name of Nueva San Salvador, on August 8, 1854. In April 1854 a devastating earthquake caused extensive damage to San Salvador, capital of the country. It was decided to move the government to the city of Cojutepeque, department of Cuscatlan, and later it was moved to a “new” city: “Nueva San Salvador,” in a valley less vulnerable to earthquakes, in a farm know as Santa Tecla. José María San Martín was president of the country at the time; among his achievements was the creation of the Department of Chalatenango in 1855. He also instructed the lawyer Isidro Menéndez to issue several laws for the country. San Martín died in 1857. Tourism and sites of interest Shopping Plaza Merliot Located at 17th Avenue North, and Chiultipan Street, Plaza Merliot was built by the Salvadoran construction company, Grupo Agrisal, in 1994. It became the first mall ever to be built on the City of Santa Tecla, and the third one to be built in the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador. Although many people in Santa Tecla go to the Antiguo Cuscatlan shopping district, which is the current shopping hotspot of the metropolitan area, made up by 3 shopping malls, and 8 shopping centers, restaurants, communications, hotels, and business parks, Plaza Merliot continues to be preferred by the people of Santa Tecla. Plaza Merliot is made up of three levels, and a central plaza where the food court is at. Natural tourism Ecoparque El Espino thumb 200px right Entrance to the Ecoparque El Espino (image:Ecoparque.jpg) Ecoparque El Espino is located in the villa of the same name in the foothills of Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano, just 5.1 km north of the Santa Tecla Downtown. Visitors will enjoy the natural beauty of pine trees, coffee trees, cypresses and flowers of various colors that adorn this 35 hectare park, that are constantly monitored by rangers of the cooperative that administer the site. There are many activities to do in Ecoparque El Espino. One of them is mountain biking. You can purchase a membership for US$ 20 a month with unlimited access to the Eco Park and of all its trails. The park has three hiking trails that you can travel in an average of 45 minutes each. They pass through a forest made up of massive 200-year-old trees and luscious forest. Among its main attractions there is a hanging 24 mete long bridge. One can spot many local birds like clarineros, toucans, chachas (wild chickens), tinamous and magpies. There are also wild animals like kinkajous, armadillos (locally known as cuzucos), rabbits, Central American agouti, and many others. Another attraction is the site called “El Infiernillo” (the little hell) a small area of land where steam is emanating deep from the depths of the earth. The park monitors this volcanic activity with the help of high tech equipment donated by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) in 2004 for purposes of education and scientific research. At the end of the 45 minutes walk there is an outlook, whose height is 1, 233 meters above sea level. There you will find a spectacular panoramic view of the capital city metropolitan area that contrasts with the green of the Cordillera del Balsamo. Los Chorros right thumb 200px Entrance to Los Chorros (File:Los Chorros, Colon, La Libertad 2012.jpg) Just 5.7 kilometers west of Santa Tecla, lies a natural oasis, a tourist icon visited by many national and international tourists. Made up of 12 acres of land; four of them are entitled for public use, the other acres are part of a nature preservation area. This park has a unique natural beauty due to the large number of water springs coming down from San Salvador volcano. There are four pools: one for children, one with slides and the other two designed to integrate them with the natural uniqueness of the location. This tourist center opened in 1952, thanks to the vision of Salvadoran poet Raul Contreras, who wanted his remains buried at the park. The land where the park is located belonged to the Soundy family who sold the property to the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism in 1956. This park has held important international events, including Miss Universe in 1975, due to the impressive landscape. In 2001 the facilities were severely damaged by the earthquakes. But its reconstruction was done shortly after the natural disaster. In this park you will find children’s play areas, an amphitheater for educational and cultural events, picnic areas, a footbridge, access ramps for people with disabilities and trails into the forest. Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano Located on top of San Salvador volcano at 1,800mts and just 13.6 kilometers from Downtown Santa Tecla, this park main attraction is an amazing crater 5 kilometers in diameter and 558 meters deep. El Boquerón enjoys a cool climate year round. The park offers many walking trails through pine trees where you can appreciate the beauty of plants cultivated in this site. Among the plant species identified are ornamentals such as “cartuchos”, hydrangeas, begonias and wild “sultanas”. There is wildlife such as armadillos, raccoons, deer, and foxes, among others. You can request the company of guides, such as the Tourism Police (POLITUR) if you are brave and fit enough to hike down to “El Boqueroncito” inside the large crater. From there you can see the “Picacho” the highest point of the volcano, which an excellent place for mountain is biking. Worth noting that El Boquerón last eruption took place in 1917 causing extensive damage to San Salvador and other towns as Nejapa, Quezaltepeque where large amounts of lava can still be seen at the site known as El Playón, outside the city. Recently the road to the Volcano has been developed in an effort to expand tourism in the surrounding city areas. Several restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational activities have opened in the past two years, one them being Plaza Volcán. http: plazavolcan.com Education There are 104 school centers in the municipality, of which 34 are public and 70 are private schools. By the beginning of 2001 there were 16,918 students enrolled in the Santa Tecla public school district, of which 2,072 were in kindergarten, 12,979 enrolled between the grades 1st through 9th, and 1,867 in 1st and 2nd Bachelor Year. There was a total of 8,332 male student enrolled, and 8,586 female student enrolled. The total number of citizen in Santa Tecla (aged from 5 to 19) is as of 2001 53,228, thus the public school district cover approximately 46.2% of the student population. modificados PEP PEP1.pdf On the other hand there are far more private schools than public but they only cover 42.2% of the student population. Among the most priced private schools in the municipality, is the Cuscatlán British Academy, known as ABC in its Spanish acronym, which offers all classes in English, and has adopted the school calendar of Great Britain. The French Lyceum, a school that offers all classes in French and has adapted the French school year. There are many other private institutions located on the northern side of the historic downtown of Santa Tecla, and many Private Catholic institutions as well, one of the best known are, Ilamatepec School a bilingual Catholic school for boys only, and the Floresta, a bilingual catholic school for girls only. Other schools and educational institutions are renowned Santa Tecla: Saint Cecilia Salesian School, St. Agnes School, Champagnat School, Belén School, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima School, Bethania School, French School (French-Spanish), and the British Academy (British English). This leaves an 8.6% of the youth (age 5 to 19) to fall under the categories of home schooled, or not attending to either a private nor public institution for various reasons, which among the top one is poverty. Officially out of the student population only 0.17% are registered as home schooled, the other 8.43% are children who are not attending to either a private nor public education institution is mainly due to rural poverty factors, and others. Santa Tecla is home to the first Salesian institute to be founded in Central America, Saint Cecilia Salesian School (1899), which is one of the most prestigious schools in El Salvador. UES: Dr. Manuel Gallardo Later arrived the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, who established the Colegio Santa Inés in 1906; Fundación del Colegio Santa Inés the Colegio Belén, established in 1916 by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph; El Diario de Hoy: En camino a los altares the Colegio Champagnat, a Marist school established in 1925; Colegio Champagnat and Bethania Institute, established in 1928. Instituto Bethania Other important schools are Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima, and Escuela Alberto Masferrer, both operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. Dominicas de la Anunciata: Comunidades Santa Tecla also offers higher institutes of education such as various universities. The most known and expensive university in the municipality is the Higher School of Economy and Business, known as ESEN for its Spanish acronym, the institution is fairly new, owned, and constructed by Luis Poma, owner of the Grupo Roble, one of the top businesses in the country. Another top university is the Communications University of Monica Herrera, which offers the careers of strategic design, marketing, and integrated communications. Sister cities * Biography Segundo Montes grew up in Valladolid, Spain, where he also went to secondary school until 1950. On August 15, 1950 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Orduña. After a year there he moved to Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in El Salvador under the mentorship of Miguel Elizondo, who described him as an adolescent that hit the football so hard against the wall of the Iglesia El Carmen that he rattled the roof tiles.


historic buildings

true during seismic activity (earthquake). Biography Segundo Montes grew up in Valladolid, Spain, where he also went to secondary school until 1950. On August 15, 1950 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Orduña. After a year there he moved to Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in El Salvador under the mentorship of Miguel Elizondo, who described him as an adolescent that hit the football so hard against the wall of the Iglesia El Carmen that he rattled the roof tiles.


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is located belonged to the Soundy family who sold the property to the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism in 1956. This park has held important international events, including Miss Universe in 1975, due to the impressive landscape. In 2001 the facilities were severely damaged by the earthquakes. But its reconstruction was done shortly after the natural disaster. In this park you will find children’s play areas, an amphitheater for educational and cultural events, picnic areas, a footbridge, access ramps


causing extensive

in 1917 causing extensive damage to San Salvador and other towns as Nejapa, Quezaltepeque where large amounts of lava can still be seen at the site known as El Playón, outside the city. Recently the road to the Volcano has been developed in an effort to expand tourism in the surrounding city areas. Several restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational activities have opened in the past two years, one them being Plaza Volcán. http: plazavolcan.com Education There are 104 school centers in the municipality, of which 34 are public and 70 are private schools. By the beginning of 2001 there were 16,918 students enrolled in the Santa Tecla public school district, of which 2,072 were in kindergarten, 12,979 enrolled between the grades 1st through 9th, and 1,867 in 1st and 2nd Bachelor Year. There was a total of 8,332 male student enrolled, and 8,586 female student enrolled. The total number of citizen in Santa Tecla (aged from 5 to 19) is as of 2001 53,228, thus the public school district cover approximately 46.2% of the student population. modificados PEP PEP1.pdf On the other hand there are far more private schools than public but they only cover 42.2% of the student population. Among the most priced private schools in the municipality, is the Cuscatlán British Academy, known as ABC in its Spanish acronym, which offers all classes in English, and has adopted the school calendar of Great Britain. The French Lyceum, a school that offers all classes in French and has adapted the French school year. There are many other private institutions located on the northern side of the historic downtown of Santa Tecla, and many Private Catholic institutions as well, one of the best known are, Ilamatepec School a bilingual Catholic school for boys only, and the Floresta, a bilingual catholic school for girls only. Other schools and educational institutions are renowned Santa Tecla: Saint Cecilia Salesian School, St. Agnes School, Champagnat School, Belén School, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima School, Bethania School, French School (French-Spanish), and the British Academy (British English). This leaves an 8.6% of the youth (age 5 to 19) to fall under the categories of home schooled, or not attending to either a private nor public institution for various reasons, which among the top one is poverty. Officially out of the student population only 0.17% are registered as home schooled, the other 8.43% are children who are not attending to either a private nor public education institution is mainly due to rural poverty factors, and others. Santa Tecla is home to the first Salesian institute to be founded in Central America, Saint Cecilia Salesian School (1899), which is one of the most prestigious schools in El Salvador. UES: Dr. Manuel Gallardo Later arrived the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, who established the Colegio Santa Inés in 1906; Fundación del Colegio Santa Inés the Colegio Belén, established in 1916 by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph; El Diario de Hoy: En camino a los altares the Colegio Champagnat, a Marist school established in 1925; Colegio Champagnat and Bethania Institute, established in 1928. Instituto Bethania Other important schools are Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima, and Escuela Alberto Masferrer, both operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. Dominicas de la Anunciata: Comunidades Santa Tecla also offers higher institutes of education such as various universities. The most known and expensive university in the municipality is the Higher School of Economy and Business, known as ESEN for its Spanish acronym, the institution is fairly new, owned, and constructed by Luis Poma, owner of the Grupo Roble, one of the top businesses in the country. Another top university is the Communications University of Monica Herrera, which offers the careers of strategic design, marketing, and integrated communications. Sister cities * Biography Segundo Montes grew up in Valladolid, Spain, where he also went to secondary school until 1950. On August 15, 1950 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Orduña. After a year there he moved to Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in El Salvador under the mentorship of Miguel Elizondo, who described him as an adolescent that hit the football so hard against the wall of the Iglesia El Carmen that he rattled the roof tiles.


running water

collection . thumb right Santa Tecla Population Group and Age Chart 275px (File:Santa Tecla Municipality Population.JPG) class "wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed" - Data Figures - Human Development Index 0.821 - Life Expectancy 101.0 - Literacy Rate, (15 years or older) 92.4% - Rate of School Enrollment 91.4% - GDP Per Capita USD $10,203 - Access to Running Water 89.4% - Unemployment Rate


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true during seismic activity (earthquake). See, for instance, the effects of landslides during the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes. Landmarks and buildings Historic buildings (MUTE


cultural events

is located belonged to the Soundy family who sold the property to the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism in 1956. This park has held important international events, including Miss Universe in 1975, due to the impressive landscape. In 2001 the facilities were severely damaged by the earthquakes. But its reconstruction was done shortly after the natural disaster. In this park you will find children’s play areas, an amphitheater for educational and cultural events, picnic areas, a footbridge, access ramps


natural beauty

to the Ecoparque El Espino Ecoparque El Espino is located in the villa of the same name in the foothills of Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano, just 5.1 km north of the Santa Tecla Downtown. Visitors will enjoy the natural beauty of pine trees, coffee trees, cypresses and flowers of various colors that adorn this 35 hectare park, that are constantly monitored by rangers of the cooperative that administer the site. There are many activities to do in Ecoparque El Espino. One of them is mountain

for public use, the other acres are part of a nature preservation area. This park has a unique natural beauty due to the large number of water springs coming down from San Salvador volcano. There are four pools: one for children, one with slides and the other two designed to integrate them with the natural uniqueness of the location. This tourist center opened in 1952, thanks to the vision of Salvadoran poet Raul Contreras, who wanted his remains buried at the park. The land where the park is located belonged to the Soundy family who sold the property to the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism in 1956. This park has held important international events, including Miss Universe in 1975, due to the impressive landscape. In 2001 the facilities were severely damaged by the earthquakes. But its reconstruction was done shortly after the natural disaster. In this park you will find children’s play areas, an amphitheater for educational and cultural events, picnic areas, a footbridge, access ramps for people with disabilities and trails into the forest. Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano Located on top of San Salvador volcano at 1,800mts and just 13.6 kilometers from Downtown Santa Tecla, this park main attraction is an amazing crater 5 kilometers in diameter and 558 meters deep. El Boquerón enjoys a cool climate year round. The park offers many walking trails through pine trees where you can appreciate the beauty of plants cultivated in this site. Among the plant species identified are ornamentals such as “cartuchos”, hydrangeas, begonias and wild “sultanas”. There is wildlife such as armadillos, raccoons, deer, and foxes, among others. You can request the company of guides, such as the Tourism Police (POLITUR) if you are brave and fit enough to hike down to “El Boqueroncito” inside the large crater. From there you can see the “Picacho” the highest point of the volcano, which an excellent place for mountain is biking. Worth noting that El Boquerón last eruption took place in 1917 causing extensive damage to San Salvador and other towns as Nejapa, Quezaltepeque where large amounts of lava can still be seen at the site known as El Playón, outside the city. Recently the road to the Volcano has been developed in an effort to expand tourism in the surrounding city areas. Several restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational activities have opened in the past two years, one them being Plaza Volcán. http: plazavolcan.com Education There are 104 school centers in the municipality, of which 34 are public and 70 are private schools. By the beginning of 2001 there were 16,918 students enrolled in the Santa Tecla public school district, of which 2,072 were in kindergarten, 12,979 enrolled between the grades 1st through 9th, and 1,867 in 1st and 2nd Bachelor Year. There was a total of 8,332 male student enrolled, and 8,586 female student enrolled. The total number of citizen in Santa Tecla (aged from 5 to 19) is as of 2001 53,228, thus the public school district cover approximately 46.2% of the student population. modificados PEP PEP1.pdf On the other hand there are far more private schools than public but they only cover 42.2% of the student population. Among the most priced private schools in the municipality, is the Cuscatlán British Academy, known as ABC in its Spanish acronym, which offers all classes in English, and has adopted the school calendar of Great Britain. The French Lyceum, a school that offers all classes in French and has adapted the French school year. There are many other private institutions located on the northern side of the historic downtown of Santa Tecla, and many Private Catholic institutions as well, one of the best known are, Ilamatepec School a bilingual Catholic school for boys only, and the Floresta, a bilingual catholic school for girls only. Other schools and educational institutions are renowned Santa Tecla: Saint Cecilia Salesian School, St. Agnes School, Champagnat School, Belén School, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima School, Bethania School, French School (French-Spanish), and the British Academy (British English). This leaves an 8.6% of the youth (age 5 to 19) to fall under the categories of home schooled, or not attending to either a private nor public institution for various reasons, which among the top one is poverty. Officially out of the student population only 0.17% are registered as home schooled, the other 8.43% are children who are not attending to either a private nor public education institution is mainly due to rural poverty factors, and others. Santa Tecla is home to the first Salesian institute to be founded in Central America, Saint Cecilia Salesian School (1899), which is one of the most prestigious schools in El Salvador. UES: Dr. Manuel Gallardo Later arrived the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, who established the Colegio Santa Inés in 1906; Fundación del Colegio Santa Inés the Colegio Belén, established in 1916 by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph; El Diario de Hoy: En camino a los altares the Colegio Champagnat, a Marist school established in 1925; Colegio Champagnat and Bethania Institute, established in 1928. Instituto Bethania Other important schools are Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima, and Escuela Alberto Masferrer, both operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. Dominicas de la Anunciata: Comunidades Santa Tecla also offers higher institutes of education such as various universities. The most known and expensive university in the municipality is the Higher School of Economy and Business, known as ESEN for its Spanish acronym, the institution is fairly new, owned, and constructed by Luis Poma, owner of the Grupo Roble, one of the top businesses in the country. Another top university is the Communications University of Monica Herrera, which offers the careers of strategic design, marketing, and integrated communications. Sister cities * Biography Segundo Montes grew up in Valladolid, Spain, where he also went to secondary school until 1950. On August 15, 1950 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Orduña. After a year there he moved to Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in El Salvador under the mentorship of Miguel Elizondo, who described him as an adolescent that hit the football so hard against the wall of the Iglesia El Carmen that he rattled the roof tiles.

Santa Tecla, El Salvador

'''Santa Tecla''' is a municipality in the La Libertad (La Libertad Department (El Salvador)) department (Departments of El Salvador) of El Salvador. It is the capital of the department of La Libertad. "Santa Tecla, Cronología" ISBN 99923-0-141-4 Recopilada por Dr. Juan José Contreras Callejas, Mauricio Alvarado Cea Campo, Ángela Margarita Alvarado: Consejo National para la Cultura y el arte, CONCULTURA, San Salvador 2004

The city was named after Saint Thecla (Thecla) who was a saint of the early Christian Church, and a reported follower of Paul of Tarsus in the 1st century AD. She is not mentioned in the New Testament, but the earliest record of her comes from the apocryphal ''Acts of Paul and Thecla'', probably composed in the early 2nd century.

'''Santa Tecla''' is situated at the southern foot of the San Salvador Volcano (San Salvador (volcano)), and very close to San Salvador (14.5 km, the capital city. The municipality of Antiguo Cuscatlán sits on its eastern border.

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