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The beautiful Iglesia San Andres was one of the oldest churches in the country until the 2001 earthquake reduced it to rubble, but it has been rebuilt with a similar appearance.


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$56.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Laguna Verde Dune Buggy Adventure from San Salvador

After hotel pickup in San Salvador by private vehicle, enjoy a 90-minute drive into the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Begin your dune buggy tour in Apaneca, a town of 8,500 people that boasts narrow streets and colorful houses. Hop in your dune buggy and follow the leader in the first buggy (or the guide, if you upgrade to a guided excursion). Make your way through the lush landscape to Laguna Verde, a gorgeous lagoon with a glassy surface that cleanly reflects the verdant surroundings. Spend about 15 minutes here and take some time to stroll around the lagoon. The next part of the 2.5-hour adventure is the most scenic. Reach the Laguna de las Ninfas, the Lagoon of the Nymphs, named for the abundant water lilies floating on this lagoon, which is set in a volcanic crater. On the way back to Apaneca, ride along the Ruta de las Flores, or Flowers Route, a popular road that stretches between towns. It’s also nicknamed the ‘coffee road’ thanks to the coffee farms and ample amount of coffee beans for sale in nearby towns. Your tour ends with return to your hotel by private vehicle unless you've selected the optional full-day tour (see Itinerary for more details).

$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

$145 Cultural & Theme Tours

Archaeological Site San Andrés and Villages from Flowers Route

The tour will leave San Salvador at 8:00 am the first visit will be to the archaeological site San Andrés, the lunch will be disgusted in the restaurant Celeste Garden or farm the carmen or similar, later in the afternoon will visit the Green Lagoon of Apaneca where You can take the optional boat tours to appreciate the lagoon. Then visit Ataco town which is part of the famous Flowers Route, where you can take walks to know this beautiful place, appreciate the climate, textiles in their workshops of spinning, enjoy national folk music and to taste some tasty dishes.

$64 Outdoor Activities

Apaneca Zipline Adventure Pass with Flowers Route Tour Option

After hotel pickup in San Salvador by s comfortable vehicle, enjoy a 90-minute drive into the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Upon arrival at the zipline course in Apaneca — a village in the heart of El Salvador’s rainforest canopy — you'll receive a safety briefing and get fitted into equipment by on-site staff, then take a short uphill walk to the first platform. Approximately 12 ziplines are organized in ascending order of length, reaching 6,500 feet in entirety through the forest. Start off swinging from tree to tree on shorter cables to get accustomed to sitting in your harness and using the brakes, and catch glimpses of toucans and squirrels as you make like Tarzan through the canopy cover. The shorter ziplines done, fly across yawning valleys, spot eagles catching air, and admire views of a coffee plantation below. If you’re visiting in April or May, thousands of white coffee blooms blanket the fields; in January and February, the flowers are supplanted by shiny red berries. If you chose the upgrade to include a personal guide, you'll learn more cool facts about the local geology and cultural history in between zips. After the final zipline, unwind your adrenaline-pumped body with provided refreshments. Your 5-hour tour ends with return to your hotel by a  vehicle unless you've selected the optional full-day tour (see Itinerary for more details).