Top things to do

Top Choice International in Apaneca

El Jardin de Celeste

This heavenly garden venue is one of the culinary highlights of the region and warrants a stay or, at the very least, a coffee and cake. Located between Apaneca and Ataco, Celeste is best enjoyed with friends, laugh…
Top Choice Salvadoran in Juayúa


R&R is still the finest restaurant in Juayúa, and possibly in the whole Ruta de las Flores. El chef, Carlos, puts a twist on steaks, salads and Mexican food. Even when Juayúa is dead, the tables at this small, b…
Top Choice Cafe in Ataco

Café Tayua

'The night' just keeps on getting better. Homemade pizza, salads and gourmet sandwiches use fresh herbs from the garden out back, while the decadent sweet pastries are perfect for dunking in coffee. Live music bobs …
Salvadoran in Ahuachapán

Las Mixtas

Colorful and friendly and teeming with young couples, Las Mixtas serves, you guessed it, mixtas, which is basically a sloppy sandwich filled with too much of everything, including pickled vegetables. Locals rave abo…
Salvadoran in Ataco


This cafe rates as one of the best and most affordable places to eat in Ataco. Sit upstairs for views of the square while you feast on grilled meats, rice dishes, sticky puddings and chilled wine. It's on the wester…
Market in Apaneca

Mercado Saludable

Cheap eats deluxe, this market facing the park offers good little eateries serving ham, eggs and beans, and atole (a corn-based drink), as well as chicken dishes and pupusas.
Arts & Crafts in Ataco


This store is popular for its homemade textiles, tie-dyes and hand-painted objects.
Mexican in Juayúa

Taquería la Guadalupana

Gaudy and loud, Guadalupana serves upstanding Mexican food, without much fanfare.
Market in Ataco


Ataco's rambling market makes for a fascinating walkabout.
Food & Drink in Juayúa

Fería Gastronómica

A popular food fair held every weekend.