I will be featuring my country, El Salvador, in a few of my next posts. When travelers go to the region, they tend to skip El Salvador. Known as the “pinkie” of Central America, my country is full of natural beauty and culture.
This post features the popular “Ruta de las Flores”, a collection of five scenic towns known for its mountains, flowering coffee plants and unique arts and crafts. The towns are located a few kilometres from each other and can be easily accessed from the main highway.
An indigenous town, Nahuizalco is known for its unique handicrafts. Explore the night market, where stalls are lit by candle only.
This village housed El Salvador’s first coffee plantations back in 1860. If you enjoy outdoor activities, Salcoatitan is a great town offering mountain biking trails. Click here for trail recommendations between the Ruta de las Flores towns.
Park and Restaurant La Colina
La Colina was founded in 1996, offering its guests food, recreation and cabins for accommodation. You will find some of the most typical Salvadoran dishes in a cozy atmosphere and natural surroundings.
Also known as the City of the Red Orchids due to the abundant number of this flower in the mountains, Juayua has a rich historical background.
One of the tours which is impossible to miss is the route of the 7 waterfalls, which takes approximately 5 hours to complete. The tourist office can offer you further information and can lend you rappel equipment for the waterfalls.
If you want a picturesque view of the coffee plantations, take the Apaneca Canopy tour. Don’t miss out on the beautiful lagoons, particularly Laguna Verde and Laguna de Ninfas.
5. Concepcion de Ataco
Known for the peacefulness of its mountains and vivid colors, a couple of days are ideal to wander through the market and walk the pebbled roads. Ataco houses some of El Salvador’s most unique art.
This beautiful two-floored house in the heart of Ataco is a good accommodation option for 12 guests.
This new burger joint was opened in 2013 and is already the talk of town. Offering artisanal burgers, chef Oscar Pena has applied his knowledge gained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to bring to El Salvador an exquisite food venture.