Juayúa is a municipality in the Sonsonate department of El Salvador. Juayua is a quaint little town up in the mountains, founded in 1577. The town's central plaza faces an old white cathedral that features a black Christ statue. This statue is a sister statue to that of the revered Basilica of Esquipulas in Guatemala and was carved by Quirio Cantano in the late 16th Century. The town has become a popular tourist attraction, locally and internationally due to its beautiful views and events, like the "Feria Gastronomica" the translation of which means "food festival".They have activities on the weekends and there is a coffee museum nearby. It is also gets really crowded with tourists on the weekends. Another one of Juayúa’s charms is the artist culture that the city boasts. The walls of the city’s café’s, restaurants and shops are covered with murals painted by local artist. The murals range from surrealist works to realistic portraits. One of the city’s most talented and prominent artist is Leonardo Yong, a surrealistic painter. Juayúa’s most spectacular work is “La Ruta de Flores,” which translated means “the route of flowers”. “La Ruta de Flores” is a route,wherein all the walls, posts and signs lining the streets are painted with portraits (mostly of flowers).
Juayúa has a perfectly preserved colonial architecture, art displays notable in their streets and, above all, his most famous food festival every weekend. In this event, which attracts hundreds of national and international tourists, is held outdoors in the central square of Juayúa. And local restaurants offer delicious traditional dishes guests, among whom are Indian chicken soup, pupusas, yuca with pork, tamales and seafood, among others.
The surrounding area of Juayua contains numerous coffee farms, including the famous Larin finca. Visit Juayua because it is a growing, thriving village!