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    The Ruta de las Flores is one of the most suitable tourist routes to know the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of El Salvador. The itinerary crosses two departments of the west of the country, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, and five localities: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitan, Juayúa, Apaneca, and Ataco.

    The normal is to start the Route in San Salvador. To 70 kilometers of the capital of the country, is Nahuizalco, that, in Nahuac language, means 'The four Izalcos', because its population was four times the one of the Izalco neighbor. Nahuizalco, one of the indigenous centers of the area, is famous for its handicrafts and furniture made with tulle and wicker. Another attraction is the night market illuminated exclusively with candles that is celebrated in the center of the town.

    Following the Sierra high road, we arrive at Salcoatitan ('Ciudad del Quetzalcoatl', in Nahuac). This town, located just over 1,000 meters above sea level, welcomed the first coffee plantations of the country in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to visiting craft shops similar to those of Nahuizalco, it is worth attending the gastronomic festivals that are celebrated every Sunday. There is also a tourist train that runs through the central park, the newly restored colonial church and the main streets of the city.

    The next stop on the Ruta de las Flores is Juayúa ('Río de Orquídeas Moradas'). In addition to a celebrated gastronomic festival that takes place every weekend, Juayúa has great natural attractions, such as the waterfall Los Chorros de La Calera (two kilometers from the city). Apaneca ('Rio de Vientos'), with its 1,455 meters above sea level, is the highest city in El Salvador. Famous for the quality of its coffee, which is exported to the whole world,

    Just five kilometers from Apaneca, you will find Ataco, a small colonial city that lives on coffee growing, textile making and religious imagery and tourism. In the surroundings of the locality there are several viewpoints that allow to contemplate the impressive landscape.

    All are places of outstanding natural beauty and wealth, can enjoy a pleasant climate, coffee producers villages, fertile lands that show a colorful journey with the mixture of aromas in the area. On weekends you can enjoy the food fairs of different villages that make up this route where you will find exotic and delicious national and international dishes, you can learn many traditions and culture, developing activities such as wicker furniture and crafts, crafts made with Indigo, looms or a delicious coffee
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    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
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    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off availible only in San Salvador
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Lunch
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
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    This tour is hands down well worth it! The guide was awesome as well. Very friendly, knowledgable, informative and went out of his way to make sure I had the best experience. The Flower Route is a great way to get to know several towns in El Salvador. You will see spectacular
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    It was an excellent tour with the most amazing sites and the guide. Very professional guide.My family was very satisfied with this tour.
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    Another one of my favorite tours in El Salvador! Rafael, our tour guide, was phenomenal.👏🏾 We stopped at the 5 towns on The Flowers Route and opted for the hike to Los Chorros de la Calera, which were breathtaking and built up our appetite for the gastronomic food festival in
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    Response from Osmaro Z, Director de Recepción at Ruta de Las Flores People volcanoes colonial towns
    Responded 27 May 2019
    Hello Ceci! Thank you for having considered our country as your travel destination, and to have encouraged you to know the beautiful colonial cities and archaeological richness that this land has to offer. No doubt your comment is very important for more people are encouraged to give a chance to this gem hidden in Central America. Thank you for your good comments from our work team Atentamente
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    This tour was amazing. Raphael was a very safe driver and comfortable car. He took us to many places and we saw 4 small towns and the waterfall. I was concerned about safety in the country but this was not an issue at all. Our driver was very polite and professional and spoke
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    Response from Osmaro Z, Director de Recepción at Ruta de Las Flores People volcanoes colonial towns
    Responded 5 Jan 2019
    Undoubtedly the Ruta de Las Flores is a beautiful tour full of contrasts and many surprises! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to accompany you. Undoubtedly El Salvador has a very bad press worldwide, but for people like you, who decide to give El Salvador a chance, this concept is changing. A country full of very kind people Thank you for visiting us, and for giving our country a chance! Atentamente Osmaro Zelaya
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    About the operator

    This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

    By: Eco Tours Petate
    133 reviews
    Panama City, Panama
    Outstanding Mr. Zelaya
    After arriving with 4 hours delayed, Mr. Zelaya kindly received us and even with El Salvador heavy traffic,
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    Excellent visit with Osmaro in El Salvador
    My family and I really enjoyed this layover tour of San Salvador with Osmaro. After we landed, we were guided
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    Panama City, Panama
    It was a really amazing experience! From the beginning the staff was very friendly and attentive. I fully
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    a wonderful experience
    I had a lovely and interesting day with Osmaro along the Flower Route. I've seen and learned a lot and experienced
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    Atlanta, Georgia
    Great Tour Awesome Tour Guide
    This is a great tour to do on your first night in town. Osmaro was our tour guide.He was very accommodating with
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    Amazing Tour!!!
    This tour is hands down well worth it! The guide was awesome as well. Very friendly, knowledgable, informative and
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    Extraordinary experience, I highly recommend it to the entire community, mainly with this tour operator.
    This tour is a very pleasant experience, the villages visited are beautiful, each with its unique style but with a
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    Seattle, Washington
    Ruta de Las Flores tour and beyond - Excellent
    Raphael was such a great guide. Took me about 15 mins to tune in to his “Mayan English” - once I did, could not
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    Excellent tour, nicest people
    We took a half day tour of San Salvador with Osmaro, and it was fantastic. We learnt so much and we saw a lot in
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    John V
    Juan Jose Villarreal
    It was an excellent tour with the most amazing sites and the guide. Very professional guide.My family was very
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    What an incredible experience!
    My husband and I had a 20 hour layover in El Salvador. We booked a airport transfer with Eco Tours Petate. This is
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    Austin, Texas
    Mayan ruins, only UNESCO site in El Salvador (Joya de Ceren), lunch at one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world!
    If you appreciate Mayan ruins, culture, and history-this is the tour for you! Our tour guide Francis was extremely
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    What an amazing experience!
    Osmaro and Eco Tours El Petate are truly superb. It was a beautiful experience to look into the crater of the
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    Excellent choice for a stopover in San Salvador
    The best option to enjoy some hours in San Salvador while visiting fascinating places and listening to the
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    Sunrise at the top of the volcán
    It was incredible! A lot of fun! Not many ways to describe it in words really... Hiking in the dark was a bit
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