La Ceiba Park in Salcoatitán, El Salvador

This giant tree towers within a colorful park. The plant is as legendary as it is magnificent.

According to local lore, whoever embraces this Ceiba tree and thanks it in Nahuatl, the indigenous language, will receive a present from the soul that inhabits it. The great tree, which is estimated to be between 300 to 400 years old, is a beloved landmark within the community.

Locals tell stories of a time in the late 20th century to mid 21st century when merchants from neighboring towns gathered...

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