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The next town along, Salcoatitán, was founded by the pre-Columbian Pipils and has lots of tiny art galleries down cobblestone streets.


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$150 Food, Wine & Nightlife

GOURMET COFFEE EXPERIENCE IN RUTA DE LAS FLORES

Depart from your hotel in the morning heading to the Western region, crossing busy urban areas and fertile valleys, always with some volcano at sight. Ruta de las Flores is 36 Km road that winds through the mountains between Sonsonate and Ahuachapán provinces. Set in the highlands of the Apaneca mountain range the area is a favorite among foreign and local tourists alike.Sunday is market day in Nahuizalco, when farmers (mostly women) come from countryside to sell their fresh crops and products at the Tianguis, as their ancestors did for hundreds of years ago. Nahuizalco has one of the largest indigenous communities of El Salvador and at the market is common to see old ladies wearing colorful traditional costumes. Up the road we reach Salcoatitán, home of the god Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent which can be seen at the foot of the mighty ceiba. Off the main road we reach Juayúa -Place of Purple Orchids- Here we visit Santa Lucía's church (known as Black Christ's), the largest in Ruta de las Flores and the colorful Main Square. If you're traveling with kids, Juayúa is home of a cool Reptile House, with many different species of snakes, lizards, chameleons, iguanas and even tarantulas. Pretty cool. Along the road we stop on a mirador overlooking the coffee fields with the line of volcanoes on the distance. Welcome to the heart of coffee country. Minutes later we cross the village at the highest elevation of El Salvador, Apaneca. Not far we reach Bosque Tayúa, in the middle of some of the most fertile coffee farms and springs. Here you'll meet the star of the day, your barista who will take you on a journey for your senses around this wonderful cherry/bean. The next few hours you will be knowing details of the process: growing and roasting as well de origins and history of coffee. Know different brewing methods paired and served with savory treats cooked locally and fresh. At the end you will close your experience with a sweet dessert served with coffee, of course!Driving down the road we reach one of the top tourist destinations of El Salvador: Ataco. A lovely mountain village with traditional cobblestone streets and colonial style architecture. Walk the charming streets watching the colorful murals and bright colored facades. You can get souvenirs and handcrafts here. There's plenty to choose from. End your day with a panoramic view of Ataco from Mirador Cielito Lindo.Tour duration: 9h

$46.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Coffee People Culture and Colonial towns The Flowers Route

The Ruta de las Flores is one of the most suitable tourist routes to know the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of El Salvador. The itinerary crosses two departments of the west of the country, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, and five localities: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitan, Juayúa, Apaneca, and Ataco. The normal is to start the Route in San Salvador. To 70 kilometers of the capital of the country, is Nahuizalco, that, in Nahuac language, means 'The four Izalcos', because its population was four times the one of the Izalco neighbor. Nahuizalco, one of the indigenous centers of the area, is famous for its handicrafts and furniture made with tulle and wicker. Another attraction is the night market illuminated exclusively with candles that is celebrated in the center of the town. Following the Sierra high road, we arrive at Salcoatitan ('Ciudad del Quetzalcoatl', in Nahuac). This town, located just over 1,000 meters above sea level, welcomed the first coffee plantations of the country in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to visiting craft shops similar to those of Nahuizalco, it is worth attending the gastronomic festivals that are celebrated every Sunday. There is also a tourist train that runs through the central park, the newly restored colonial church and the main streets of the city. The next stop on the Ruta de las Flores is Juayúa ('Río de Orquídeas Moradas'). In addition to a celebrated gastronomic festival that takes place every weekend, Juayúa has great natural attractions, such as the waterfall Los Chorros de La Calera (two kilometers from the city). Apaneca ('Rio de Vientos'), with its 1,455 meters above sea level, is the highest city in El Salvador. Famous for the quality of its coffee, which is exported to the whole world, Just five kilometers from Apaneca, you will find Ataco, a small colonial city that lives on coffee growing, textile making and religious imagery and tourism. In the surroundings of the locality there are several viewpoints that allow to contemplate the impressive landscape.All are places of outstanding natural beauty and wealth, can enjoy a pleasant climate, coffee producers villages, fertile lands that show a colorful journey with the mixture of aromas in the area. On weekends you can enjoy the food fairs of different villages that make up this route where you will find exotic and delicious national and international dishes, you can learn many traditions and culture, developing activities such as wicker furniture and crafts, crafts made with Indigo, looms or a delicious coffee

$50 Private & Custom Tours

Ruta de Las Flores People volcanoes colonial towns

The Ruta de las Flores is one of the most suitable tourist routes to know the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of El Salvador. The itinerary crosses two departments of the west of the country, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, and five localities: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitan, Juayúa, Apaneca, and Ataco. The normal is to start the Route in San Salvador. To 70 kilometers of the capital of the country, is Nahuizalco, that, in Nahuac language, means 'The four Izalcos', because its population was four times the one of the Izalco neighbor. Nahuizalco, one of the indigenous centers of the area, is famous for its handicrafts and furniture made with tulle and wicker. Another attraction is the night market illuminated exclusively with candles that is celebrated in the center of the town. Following the Sierra high road, we arrive at Salcoatitan ('Ciudad del Quetzalcoatl', in Nahuac). This town, located just over 1,000 meters above sea level, welcomed the first coffee plantations of the country in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to visiting craft shops similar to those of Nahuizalco, it is worth attending the gastronomic festivals that are celebrated every Sunday. There is also a tourist train that runs through the central park, the newly restored colonial church and the main streets of the city. The next stop on the Ruta de las Flores is Juayúa ('Río de Orquídeas Moradas'). In addition to a celebrated gastronomic festival that takes place every weekend, Juayúa has great natural attractions, such as the waterfall Los Chorros de La Calera (two kilometers from the city). Apaneca ('Rio de Vientos'), with its 1,455 meters above sea level, is the highest city in El Salvador. Famous for the quality of its coffee, which is exported to the whole world, Just five kilometers from Apaneca, you will find Ataco, a small colonial city that lives on coffee growing, textile making and religious imagery and tourism. In the surroundings of the locality there are several viewpoints that allow to contemplate the impressive landscape. All are places of outstanding natural beauty and wealth, can enjoy a pleasant climate, coffee producers villages, fertile lands that show a colorful journey with the mixture of aromas in the area. On weekends you can enjoy the food fairs of different villages that make up this route where you will find exotic and delicious national and international dishes, you can learn many traditions and culture, developing activities such as wicker furniture and crafts, crafts made with Indigo, looms or a delicious coffee

$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Flower Route Tour from San Salvador

The western half of El Salvador is dotted with picturesque villages. Explore five of them on this day trip from San Salvador. Participate in handicraft workshops, learn about local indigenous traditions, and take in views of landscapes, mountains, and volcanoes. A driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel in San Salvador, then take you by air-conditioned minivan to Nahuizalco, Zalcoatitan, Juayua, Apaneca, and Ataco. In each town you'll learn about local traditions and culture. You will also have the choice to visit either the Don Juan Waterfalls or the El Carmen coffee plantation, where you can learn about the coffee growing process. After your tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in San Salvador. 

$61.66 Private & Custom Tours

El Salvador Mayan Ruins and Ruta de las Flores Coffee Day Tour

• Receive personalized attention from expert guides on this small-group tour limited to 10 peopleWe Pickup only in El Sunzal, El Tunco, San Salvador's San Benito Hotel area and Santa Tecla, in that order and drop off in the opposite order.   Our pickup time is around  7am in El Sunzal and El Tunco, around 8am in San Salvador and Santa Tecla. We pickup and drop you off at your hotel. Tazumal is located 70kms away from San Salvador. We take around one hour to do the tour in the Mayan Ruins and the museum. Then we drive one hour to checkout Ataco, in the Ruta de las Flores. Ataco is famous for its murals and authentic lifestyle.  We learn about coffee production and then we taste some of the local coffee, we will walk on the streets of Ataco to check out its murals, then we visit Juayua, the second most important town of the Ruta de las Flores,  then we turn back to San Salvador to arrive around 16:30.

$1249 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Days Highlights of El Salvador

Get ready to travel around El Salvador on this perfect combination tour made just for you to see some of its most beautiful destinations. On these 9-Day tour you will visiting the famous Flower Route with the beautiful mountain towns of Ataco, Juayua and Nahuizalco. Then off to the Colonial Town of Suchitoto at the food of the lake Suchitlan. Other visits to the city center of San Salvador, the mountains of Perkin and you will end the tour at one of the tropical lush beaches at the east coast of El Salvador. You can be dropped of in the city or at the airport of San Salvador.