Ataco Concepcion de Ataco is located 105 km west of San Salvador, in the Department of Ahuachapán. The town offers the peacefulness of the mountains, surrounded by hills and offers beautiful sights. Ataco in Nahuat means "place of elevated water springs". The population is a direct descendant of pre-Columbian era. The city was founded by Pipiles in the heart of the Apaneca mountain range. Some of the handcrafts you can find in Ataco are: knits, carpentry, ebonite, and tins. Ataco celebrates its patron saint festivities December 11 - 15 in honor of the Virgin of the Inmaculate Conception.
The town started to gain popularity around 2004 when it entered a government sponsored competition (Pueblos Vivos or Towns Full of Life). The residents did a total makeover of the city. Some started to paint murals all over town. That idea paid off and Ataco is known today for those beautiful pieces of arts adorning the streets. Not only that, artisans, chefs and artists started to open craft stores, galleries, restaurants and looms. All of this magic resurgence has taken place under the vigilance of coffee growing in the nearby mountains.
The famous food festival every weekend is an a attracts for hundreds of national and international tourists.
Juayúa Juayúa is one of the most beautiful towns of the Ruta de Las Flores or ¨the Flower Route¨. It is also located in the the Department of Sonsonate. It is a colonial city, founded in 1577. It is surrounded by volcanoes, waterfalls and intensely green coffee fields, known for their excellent quality. The town has become a very popular tourist attraction, for both national and international tourists. This is because of the beautiful views and different events on weekends such as, the "Feria Gastronomica" which means "food festival". During this festival, you will find the most delicious dishes of the region . Nearby, you will discover one of the best waterfalls in the area named ¨Los Chorros de la Calera¨. The crystal clear water coming from the mountain, with temperature close to 18´ C, makes this waterfall very comfortable for swimming.
Nahuizalco is the first stop on the Ruta de las Flores and offers one of the country's best furniture and wood-craft markets.
NahuizalcoNahuizalco is a municipality in the Sonsonate department of El Salvador. It lies on the "flowers route" (Ruta de las Flores), 9 km from Sonsonate and 74 km from San Salvador, on the southern part of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Nahuizalco is the first stop on the Ruta de las Flores and offers one of the country's best furniture and wood-craft markets. Here, there are strong indigenous customs. Its name in the Nahuatl language means "place of four Izalcos ". It was founded by four families from the nearby town of Izalco. It is famous for its wicker and tule handcrafts. Tule is processed in two different varieties: the water kind, brought from the Pacific coast, and the dark one used for making "petates" (floor mats). Nahuizalco is also famous for its night market. The streets are lit only by candles and the products made of wicker and tule are sold until 10pm. The colonial church was seriously damaged during the earthquake of 2001 and subsequently restored. The church honors John the Baptist every June 20 - 25.
RUTA DE LAS FLORES
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A tour along the ¨Ruta de Las Flores¨ consists of visiting a number of small villages with indigenous features on the west side of El Salvador. Some of the villages to visit are Nahuizalco, Juayua, Ataco, Apaneca, Ahuachapan and others. Between the mountains there are coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, coffee mills, Thermal pools, typical Salvadoran food at excellent restaurants and more.
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¨THE FLOWERS ROUTE¨
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