Travel El Salvador: Ataco on Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador


a picturesque trip through colorful villages

Food markets, volcanos and coffee

Ruta de las Flores was slowly leading us towards the end of our El Salvador trip. We didn’t feel ready to leave San Salvador quite yet. San Salvador was nothing like we expected, and we felt really comfortable in the city. As it was time to move on, our friend Douglas asked his group of friends if someone was willing to go on a day trip and give us a ride to Juayúa. The next morning Gustavo, one of Douglas’s friend, picked us up, and we were off to El Salvador’s West.

EL Salvador’s green west

Ruta de las Flores is, without a doubt one of El Salvador’s most popular tourist destination. The 40 km winding road leading from Sonsonate to the colonial town Ahuachapán includes picturesque villages such as Juayúa, Concepción de Ataco, and Nahauizalco.

Each of them unique with its colonial architecture and indigenous tones.

Ruta de las Flores – “bien fresco”!

Every El Salvadorian we asked adored the area for its “bien fresco” (pretty chilly) mountain air and beautiful scenery surrounding the villages. It’s a quiet, tranquil life in the communities, at least during the week.

The place to be for foodies

On the weekends, food and artisans markets attract tourists from nearby San Salvador, and the streets are buzzing with life. Western El Salvador is also a renowned coffee area. If you haven’t visited a coffee plantation yet, we highly recommend visiting one in El Salvador. Coffee beans from El Salvador are some of the most revered across the world.

Despite zipping coffee, Ruta de las Flores offers plenty of things to do.

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