Chalatenango, Chalatenango

The town center of Chalatenango in 2008.
The town center of Chalatenango in 2008.
Flag of Chalatenango
Chalatenango is located in El Salvador
Coordinates: 14°02′N 88°56′W / 14.033°N 88.933°W / 14.033; -88.933
Country El Salvador
Department Chalatenango
Settled15th century[1]
 • MayorAlfredo Hernández (NI)
 • Land50.8 sq mi (131.5 km2)
1,299 ft (396 m)
 • Municipality21,102
 • Density420/sq mi (160/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC–6 (CST)
WebsiteOfficial website

Chalatenango (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃalateˈnaŋɡo]; known as "Chalate" [tʃaˈlate] by locals) is a town and municipality in the Chalatenango department of El Salvador. It is the capital of the department. As of 1 May 2021, Alfredo Hernández of Nuevas Ideas (NI) is the municipality's mayor.[2]


The coat of arms is the same as the department's, as is the flag.

As of 2007, the municipality covers an area of 131.5 square kilometres (50.8 sq mi) and has a population of 29,271. It is divided administratively into 6 cantons and 36 caserios.


Chalatenango is home to the professional football teams Alacranes Del Norte and A.D. Chalatenango. The home ground for both clubs is Estadio José Gregorio Martínez. It features floodlights and a main stand with seating accommodation.

Another popular sport in the region is ranching or Jaripeo. Events take place every few months in the villages around Chalatenango and in the field opposite the Gregorio Martínez outside of Chalatenango city.

Notable residents

  • Samuel Castillo – footballer
  • Gladys Landaverde – Olympic long-distance runner for El Salvador


  1. ^ "Historia de Chalatenango" [History of Chalatenango]. (in Spanish). 2016. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Alcalde Chalateco Alfredo Hernández Limpiará la "Casa Municipal" con Apego a la Ley" [Chalateco Mayor Alfredo Hernández will Clean the "Municipal House" with Full Force of the Law]. (in Spanish). El Norteño News. 2 March 2021. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2022.

External links

  • Media related to Chalatenango at Wikimedia Commons
  • Chalatenango travel guide from Wikivoyage

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