Planning a Trip
By Bus -- From Chalatenango, hop on bus no. 125 and ask the driver to let you off at Amayo where you can catch bus no. 119 to the center of La Palma. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can reach Chalatenango in just over 2 hours from San Salvador on bus no. 125.
By Car -- La Palma is just off Hwy. CA-4, which is the country's main north-south highway. Just drive north a little less than 1 hour from Chaletenango and about 1 1/2 hours from San Salvador and follow the signs. If you reach the Honduran border, you've gone a few miles too far.
Orientation & Getting Around
Like many of El Salvador's rural towns, La Palma is small enough to walk just about everywhere. There are only two main avenues that you can walk end-to-end in about 10 minutes. But if you're feeling lazy, La Palma offers many three-wheeled moto-taxis that will take you anywhere along those two streets for 25¢ (15p). You can also easily catch a $3 (£1.50) moto-taxi that'll take you 10 minutes outside town to the luxurious Entre Pinos resort or small village of San Ignacio.
Visitor Information & Fast Facts
La Palma does not have a tourist information office, but the town sponsors an English-language website, www.lapalmaelsalvador.com, which provides a history of the village and general tourist information. There's a Banco Cuscatlán (tel. 503/2305-8331) with an ATM just off the main square.