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El Salvador: Ruta de las Flores

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This extremely scenic 36km route in the hilly western zone, near the Guatemalan border, passes through the principal coffee-growing region. It links several highland towns, including Ataco, Nahuizalco, Juayúa and Apaneca. The route starts in Sonsonate in a lowland area devoted to cattle-raising and plantation agriculture, climbing to the Pipil indigenous village of Nahuizalco, where some older inhabitants wear native costume and where traditional crafts are practised. At the northern end of the route, Apaneca is a peaceful town of cobbled lanes. The region is also famous for its traditional dancing – over 30 have been identified.

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Our insider tips for Ruta de las Flores

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Explore colonial Ataco where the cobblestone streets are lined with brightly painted houses, some with stylised murals of animals.  Climb up to the view point on the hill behind the church La Concepción for views over the town and the coffee plantations.
Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

In Jayhúa, popping inside the white-washed church, famed for its 16th century crucifix the 'Cristo Negro' which is displayed at the back of the nave. It is a much venerated object. Climb the stairs behind the altar for a closer look. There are lovely stained-glass windows along the walls, representing the stages of the cross.

Lina

Lina Fuller

Timing your visit to Juayúa for the weekend, when the plaza fills with people enjoying live music, examining the wares of dozens of artisan salesmen, and others selling local food delicacies.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Perusing the weekend wicker and furniture market at Nahuizalco on sale in shops the rest of the week).

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