Ruta de las Flores - villages full of flowers and murals

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Me in front of a colorful mural in Concepción de Ataco


my excursion through the flower villages of the Ruta de las Flores with their beautiful murals


One of El Salvador's main attractions is the Ruta de las Flores, the flower route. It meanders through a multitude of small colonial-style villages, characterized by flowery murals and real flowering plants (if you come at the right time).

Again an old American school bus took me through the cute villages. The bus number 249 runs regularly between Sonsonate and Ahuachapán, and stops in Juayúa, Apaneca and Ataco. The latter three were among the places I wanted to see. I started my tour from Santa Ana.


1st place: Juayúa


First I got off at Juayúa. The name derives from a red or purple flowering orchid species. Opposite the main square is an old white cathedral with a black Jesus statue. Occasionally the main square fills up with many visitors when the regular food festival takes place.

Fountain in Juayua
Fountain in Juayua
church in Juayua
church in Juayua

2nd place: Apaneca


Even better I liked the second village, Apaneca. Almost all of the old houses were decorated with mural paintings. These are not pointless graffiti smears, but rather motifs with a local background.

mural in Apaneca
mural in Apaneca
Flowers in Apaneca, Ruta de las Flores
Flowers in Apaneca, Ruta de las Flores
Jesus wall painting in Apaneca
Jesus wall painting in Apaneca
Wall painting incl. door in Apaneca
Wall painting incl. door in Apaneca
School wall painting in Apaneca
School wall painting in Apaneca

3rd place: Ataco


But the most beautiful paintings awaited me in the last village of my trip, in Concepción de Ataco (in English: A place of high springs). The many cafés with really tasty coffee are also very present here.

But even here in this little village the military patrols with thick machine guns. Nevertheless, I had no safety concerns here. Anyway, all I carried was my cell phone and some small change, just enough to pay for the bus tickets and some food.

Coffee wall painting in Ataco
Coffee wall painting in Ataco
Cardboard figure in front of a café in Ataco
Cardboard figure in front of a café in Ataco
mural in Ataco
mural in Ataco
church in Ataco
church in Ataco
Moon wall painting in Ataco
Moon wall painting in Ataco
Soldier with machine gun in Ataco
Soldier with machine gun in Ataco
street in Ataco
street in Ataco
Donkey wall painting in Ataco
Donkey wall painting in Ataco

Return to Santa Ana


In the afternoon I returned to my hostel and finished the evening in the pool. I was very taken with the colourful little villages. There were hardly any tourists, but many beautiful murals and small cafés. Only the flowers just didn't bloom so right. All in all a really beautiful day!


Posted by Marc - Aug 11, 2018


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