Ruta de Las Flores – Adventures in El Salvador

The Ruta de Las Flores is supposedly the number one tourist attraction in El Salvador’s burgeoning tourist scene.  That being said, we still hardly saw any other foreigners traveling it!  The route includes three small towns up in the coffee-growing hills of western El Salvador.  Good food, quaint markets, and beautiful scenery were the highlights.  The lowlight: unfortunately it rained for a couple hours every day!  But what can you do?  It is the rainy season.

We started in Juayúa, home to a famous weekend food fair.  It was the same vibe as a carnival or state fair back home, except with different delicacies and lower prices of course!

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Booths selling delicious treats
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Steak, sausage, grilled potatoes, rice, cheesy tortillas, salsa, and chimichurri!

The next day we continued a few kilometers down the road to Apaneca, the smallest town on the route.  We didn’t find out until we got there that our hostel was located about 5km uphill from where the bus dropped us off, in the smaller village of Laguna Verde.  Lucky for us, hitchhiking is easy in the country and we caught a ride in a pickup truck bed most of the way up the hill.  We bought some great coffee in Apaneca and hiked to the small but pretty Laguna Verde.

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Look at all that fog!

Our last stop, Concepción de Ataco, was our favorite.  It was a bigger town with gorgeous blue and white churches, tons of public murals, and lots of awesome craft stores.  If you stay anywhere for more than one night, we would recommend it be here!

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Ataco street murals

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Our daily dose of ice cream from La Neveria, which we highly recommend
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Can you see me?

Travel in El Salvador during the rainy season is a little tricky, but once you get the pattern down you can work around it.  It usually rains in the early afternoon for a couple hours and you just have to wait it out.  On the Ruta de Las Flores, the towns are so close that you can easily arrive at your next stop and stash your stuff before the downpour.

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Segen Hostel in Concepcion de Ataco, El Salvador

Segen Hostel

Segen Hostel is a laid-back, cozy place to base your stay in Concepción de Ataco.  The new hostel showcases local paintings and sculptures, a garden fountain, and clean, spacious rooms.  The firm beds are good for hiking-weary backs and the hot water feels great at the slightly chilly altitude.  There is also a bar selling water, coffee, and other drinks, and a Internet connection available for guest use.  Hostal Segen’s central location make is great for exploring all the town has to offer.

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View from roof.

Ataco is a fun town full of colorful murals, awesome arts and crafts shops, and great restaurants.  It’s one of the stops on the famous Ruta de Las Flores, and for us it was the most enjoyable.

Services Offered:

Free coffee and bread

Internet

Bar

Hot water

Tourist information available

Guided hikes available

Lounge

Cable TV in lounge

Address: 1.5 blocks north of the alcaldia/central park

Phone: 24505832

Email: alicanteapaneca@hotmail.com

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This post was sponsored by Segen Hostel.

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