There’s a slight chill in the air in this unearthly, quiet mountain town – at 1450m, Apaneca is the second-highest town in El Salvador, which largely explains why its coffee is so highly sought after. Cruising the cobblestone streets and the odd nursery aside, there’s not much happening in town. Hunt out some locally crafted furniture, or do what the active travelers do, and use it as a base for more high-octane pursuits in the surrounding Sierra Apaneca Ilamatepec.
The beautiful Iglesia San Andres was one of the oldest churches in the country until the 2001 earthquake reduced it to rubble. Restorations are near completion.