El Salvador | The land of coffee and flowers

27 Nov 2015
3 min read
FOUR looks at El Salvador’s “flower route”, one of the most important tourist circuits, and what makes this destination one of the region’s major coffee growing locations…
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The “flowerroute” is one of the most important tourist circuits in El Salvador, on this route we find the creativity and hand skills of craftsmen, artists and gastronomic delights created by local chefs adding to all of the above, this destination also is one of El Salvador’s major coffee growing locations.

When you are on this circuit, you will enjoy the best cup of coffee in the country, surrounded by fresh air and most importantly the warmth of the local community, come and experience with us this amazing journey.


The city of Ahuachapán also known in the indigenous language of Nahuatlas “City of Oaks Home” is located 100 kms from San Salvador and is 799 meters above sea level (ASL).Known attractions in Ahuachapán are Our Lady of the Assumption Church which is in the historic center of the city and the passage of La Concordia, next to the church.

Other attractions are the Ausoles of Ahuachapán and Berlin, found at the easternpart of the country and which is responsible in generating 23% of energy used in El Salvador.

Concepcion de Ataco

Towards the mountains you’ll find the town of Concepción de Ataco, known in the indigenous language of nahuatl as “Place of high springs” this town is located at 1,260 meters above sea level.At Ataco underground excavations were done and traces of human presence linked with the Olmec culture were found. The local population have kept the tradition of working with looms lever and wood carving handicrafts. This location is surrounded by coffee plantations and gourmet cuisine, all of these make it a great place for tourist.

Among the tourist attributes of this city are the four viewpoints Cielito Lindo, Divine Providence, Helvetica and Pio Pietrolcina.The coffee area plays an important role, there are farms suitable for sightseeing tours where you could observe the grain on the tree, the drying and the roasting process and also have a delicious cup of gourmet coffee.

The Farolitos Day is a tradition of over 200 years old and have been filling with light the light of colorful lanterns the village streets.


Apaneca, is the member of the Flower Route located highest about the sea at 1470 meters, its original name in Nahuatl means “Where gales / wind rivers abound.”Because of its altitude, the area produces a high quality coffee. Hotels and restaurants have a great sight view to the two lagoons “Nymphs” and “Laguna Verde” and attract tourists easily. Here you could also find a sculpture known as “Porky” located on coffee farms.

You can also experience the adventure of the canopy tours and buggies, ecotourism as landscaping and hiking also can be made in Apaneca.


Juayúa village, its original name in Nahuatl means “River of Purple Orchids”, is located at 1,025 meters above sea; ornamental plants, coffee crops and gastronomy are peculiar attributes of this tourist city, each weekend, since 1997, a food fair is organized in the city center.

Additionally, Juayúa has places for ecotourism such as Monterrey river, Lagunilla Azul, Los Chorros de la Calera, El Tequezal, La Laguna Seca, Laguna Verde, Cerro El Águila and El Pilon, true spectacles you should not miss.


Its original name in Nahuatl means “Place between snakes and Quetzales”, is located 1,045 meters above sea, its main attraction is the traditional cuisine that is sold in the town square. You can find crafts, mosaics and murals in local art galleries, also you can find ornaments for your home such as wicker, woven, dyed blankets, indigo dresses and cochineal, natural dyes of art and culture.


Pre-Hispanic population, its original name in Nahuatl means “Four Izalcos”. Originally was inhabited by Pipiles, and in colonial times the region belonged to the Province of the Izalcos. It is located at 560 meters above sea, with an exceptional system in its central square and a nocturnal market that you can’t miss.

It’s famous for making handcrafts with wicker and tule such as hats, backpacks, furniture and wooden crafts.

Pipil Memorial Museum is a cultural place recommended for tourists in general to know the indigenous settlements, is also one of the last places where locals still speak the language pipil (Náhuat).

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