Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador
Friendship City est. 2016
Antiguo Cuscatlán is a municipality of El Salvador located within metropolitan San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital city and county. The city boasts the highest per capita income in El Salvador and is considered an economic hub of the country. It is home to 36, 698 residents.
Antiguo Cuscatlán has a long history. The location was originally known as Cuzcatlan in 1054 when it was inhabited by a native group. In 1524 Spanish conquistadors discovered this city and conquered it. In the early 1800’s the city joined San Salvador and in 1971 Antiguo Cuscatlán became recognized as its own city.
Currently Antiguo Cuscatlán is home to the American embassy in El Salvador as well as many businesses in banking, media, and other industries. It is also home to many universities including the regionally well-known Central American University.
Some sources of pride for Antiguo Cuscatlán are its security and cleanliness, making it a lovely destination for tourists. Visitors and residents enjoy many high-end hotels, shopping malls, and restaurants. A popular tourist destination in Antiguo Cuscatlán is the Jardin Botanico La Laguna, a 19-acrea preserved natural forest and botanic garden. This botanic garden includes over 3500 species of plants that the public can enjoy. Tourists also frequent the historic city center as well as the Mercado Municipal Resume- a popular local market.
Antiguo Cuscatlán celebrates many festivals annually but the longest standing tradition is their festival honoring the “Saints of Innocent Children.” This festival has been celebrated in the city by the Catholic Church since the 15th century. Today the festival begins on December 27th and lasts three full days. The festival includes religious festivities, cultural exhibitions, art displays, carnivals, fireworks, and of course excellent food.
In the spring of 2016 a delegation from Aurora visited Anitguo Custcatlán. This delegation included Mayor Steve Hogan as well as an Aurora Sister Cities International representative. After this successful visit, Mayor Zoila Navas along with a delegation of councilmen and women from Anitguo Custcatlán visited the city of Aurora in August, 2016 and signed an official friendship city agreement.