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Ruta de las Flores is one of the most popular places to lớn visit in El Salvador. So, Bailey and I just had to kiểm tra it out for ourselves!

One of the most important things I realized after visiting the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador is that there is much more to vì chưng than what meets the eye, và seeing flowers is just the start.

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I was fortunate enough to lớn arrive on a weekend and quickly found outhow lucky I was when I saw the weekly weekend food festival! This, along with beautiful waterfalls, xinh đẹp towns, & some very interesting murals made the Ruta de las Flores one lovely place to lớn spend a few days.

This is my guide khổng lồ El Salvador’s Ruta de las Flores region including the best things lớn do, where khổng lồ stay, & so much more!

Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador FAQs

Dancers in Juayua on the weekend!
When is the best time to lớn visit the Ruta de las Flores in El Salvador?

The best time khổng lồ visit the Ruta de las Flores is when the flowers are blooming between November và February. Outside of this time, there is still plenty to bởi though.

What are the best things to bởi vì on the Ruta de las Flores?

The best things to vì chưng are: take a tour of the surrounding towns, visit the weekly food festival, hike khổng lồ the Seven Waterfalls, take a coffee tour, & go ziplining.

What towns hóa trang the Ruta de las Flores in El Salvador?

The towns are Juayua, Apaneca, Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán & Concepción de Ataco. All of these towns are located along the Ruta de las Flores.

Is the Ruta de las Flores safe?

The Ruta de las Flores is one of the safest areas in El Salvador. However, some hikes require guides for extra safety.

What is the Ruta de las Flores?

Walking the streets of Juayua (one of the towns in the Ruta de las Flores)

The Ruta de las Flores is essentially a region connected by one very scenic road centered around Juayua. The road passes by 5 towns: Juayua in the center, Salcoatitan, và Nahuizalco to the south of Juayua, as well as Apaneca và Concepcion de Ataco lớn the north of Juayua.The region is located inland in the north-west area of El Salvador.

The road between the towns is covered with flowers usually from November lớn February. Unfortunately, when I was there (September) not many flowers were blooming & the weather was really cloudy. If you are going for flowers, then make sure you choose the right time of year!

Besides the flowers, these small towns offer a few other things to lớn do. Since El Salvador is less traveled than many other Central American countries, we found that the Ruta de las Flores offered tourists the chance to lớn interact with locals & observe the culture,

It felt like an authentic area in comparison with the touristic beachside destinations most people only visit in El Salvador.

Getting to the Ruta de las Flores (Juayua, El Salvador)

El Tunco khổng lồ Juayua

Can anyone spot the chicken… I mean turkey! Spotted on the way to Juayua!

The cheapest and easiest way lớn get from El Tunco lớn Juayua is by chicken bus. First, you will need to get to Sonsanate from El Tunco & then change buses khổng lồ get to lớn Juayua. Below are the steps required.

Step 1:

The buses to lớn Sonsanate leave at either6 amor1:30 pmand the total journey takes 2.5 hours. Khổng lồ catch the bus you will need khổng lồ walk khổng lồ the main road called Carretera el Lateral (the highway)and wait for bus 287 (the number is marked in large print on the front).

The best place khổng lồ wait is at the intersection with Carretera d Tamanique, this is where the bus stops to pick the locals up as well. This is a popular bus so you will see locals waiting around on the side of the road as an indicator of the correct place to wait. If unsure, just ask anyone, all of the locals know this route well.

Cost – $1.50 USD

Step 2:

Once you arrive at Sonsanate station you will need to find bus cất cánh 249 (it is located next to lớn where bus 287 dropped us off). The terminal has large signs indicating the bus numbers just in case you get lost.

Line up straight away once you find bus bay 249 (the bus heading to Ahuachapan) as it was extremely busy when we were there & hard to get a seat. Also, our bags had khổng lồ be placed at the back of the bus so it could be smart khổng lồ head around the people lining up and head khổng lồ the back of the bus. Once you are on, the journey is 30 minutes và you will be dropped right in the town of Juayua.

Cost- $0.50 USD

Of course, if you aren’t feeling up khổng lồ the adventure of taking the chicken buses, there are shuttles that make the trip in about 2 hours. However, they are priced at over $50 USD for up to four people.

From Santa Anato Juayua

Catch the buses on this street to lớn Juayua

Juayua is only 1.5 hours from Santa Ana.

Bus number 238 heads straight there & picks up in the location marked above on the map.

Bus times are8:40 am,11:45 am,12:40 pm,3 pm,4 pm,5 pm, và 6 pm.

Cost – $0.80

From Guatemala khổng lồ Juayua

If you are coming from Guatemala then you just need khổng lồ get the bus from the border khổng lồ Sonsonate. At Sonsonate, change buses to get on the one khổng lồ Juayua. Border crossings on chicken buses can be a bit more complicated so shuttles are a good option for this route.

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Getting Around the Ruta de las Flores

School kids on a chicken bus

Getting around the Ruta de las Flores region is easy. Chicken bus number 249 from Sensonate to lớn Ahuachapan does the route between all five towns in the area.

From Juayua, you can either catch bus 249 north towards Ahuachapan or south towards Sensonate. The bus picks up from the Scotiabank on the outside of town in Juayua, just kiểm tra with the driver which way he is going.

The bus leaves every 30 minutes, starting at4:50 amwith the last bus at6:35 pm. However, the last bus from Ataco (the furthest town lớn the north on the Ruta de las Flores) heading back to lớn Juayualeaves at6:10 pmand the same goes from Nahuizalco (furthest to the south).

The five towns that make the Ruta de las Flores

I spent some time on chicken buses on this route and can’t say they would be the best way to enjoy the flowers as the bumpy ride isn’t nice. Renting a oto or motorbike would be the best option if you want to lớn enjoy the flowers and stop for some pictures along the way. For me, since there were no flowers when I was there, the chicken bus was sufficient purely as a means of transport from one town to lớn the next.

Things in the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador

1. Visit the Weekend Food Markets


When visiting Juayua (or any of the other towns on the Ruta de Flores for that matter), the weekend food festival and markets are a must! We visited both the Feria de la Gastronomia in Juayua food festival và the Ataco food festival & both were amazing!

The markets are full of incredible food including Pupusas, pizza, seafood, steak, coffee, và much more. There are many local dishes on offer và my favorite included giant prawns, chicken, beef with a giant salad, rice, và veggies. All of that mix me back only $6 USD (be sure to siêu thị around as prices and portions vary.)

Visiting Juayua on the weekend is a great way to lớn get the most out of your trip as the markets are a must (especially if you love food as much as I do.)

2. Explore the surrounding Towns

The lookout in Ataco.

As I mentioned above, there are five towns that biến hóa the Ruta de la Flores. Each town offers a unique touch whether it be a viewpoint, street art, or markets.

Here’s some info on each town & what to lớn expect:


Juayua is the main town of the Ruta de Las Flores and where the majority of travelers stay. In the town is where the famous food festival is and where the Seven Waterfalls hike starts from. This is our recommended place lớn stay on the Ruta de las Flores!

Concepción de Ataco

Ataco is a beautiful town I highly recommend visiting. In Ataco, I visited many beautiful murals & got some fantastic shots. I hiked up lớn the lookout over the town và surrounding mountains, & tasted some amazing food.

The murals in Ataco are some of the best I have seen and walking around after a few coffees is well worth it.


Apaneca is a beautiful cobblestone street town best explored on foot. The town is also near two really popular hikes called Laguna Verde and Laguna de las Ninfas. Unfortunately, we did not vì them, however if you want to, just ask your hotel for details. Each hike is only a few kilometers each way.

This is also where the canopy zipline tour mentioned below is located!


Nahuizalco is a small town not as vibrant as the rest. Unfortunately, we never made it here as we spent more time in the other towns. With that said, because it’s less-visited, the town will likely be more authentic.


Salcoatitán is the best place on the Ruta de las Flores lớn try coffee. This town is purley a coffee town! Be sure to lớn stop at a few cafes for a coffee và even some baked goods. There are also two nice churches here but honestly, just make this your morning coffee stop!

3. Visit the Seven Waterfalls/Los Chorros de la Calera

There seems lớn be some confusion online surrounding the waterfalls, so let me clear it up.

The Seven Waterfalls is a hike that takes you through seven different waterfalls. The hike takes 6 hours & requires a guide with ropes for safety. Hostel Casa Mazeta offers this hike for $20 USD per person.

The waterfall in all of the pictures on Tripadvisor or advertised with tour companies is called “Los Chorros de la Calera“. This is only one waterfall & it is trăng tròn minutes walking from town (and is visited LAST on the Seven Waterfalls Tour/Hike.) However, if you only want khổng lồ see this one particular waterfall you don’t need a tour.

Currently, it is recommended that you take a local guide/security guard lớn escort you on this short walk there & back as there have been robberies in the area. The guide can be organized through Hostel Casa Mazeta và costs $2.50 per person. They bring dogs or a machete & will give you some information (in Spanish) on the plants và land around you on the hike.This is definitely the cheapest option for those who want lớn see the famous waterfall, but not spend $20 on the complete Seven Waterfalls Hike.

I didn’t vì the Seven Waterfalls Hike as the weather didn’t permit it, in heavy rain, rock slides are common. I have heard nothing but great things from people who did it though!

Regardless of the weather, Los Chorros de la Calera is a really nice way khổng lồ spend the afternoon. The hike there took us through some coffee farms where our guide explained a little about the plantations as well as gave us some local knowledge of the flora và fauna. It was raining when I was there, but I still really enjoyed the trip.

4. Go Ziplining in Apaneca

If you consider youself an adventure junkie then the ziplinning in Apanaca should be high on your bucket list in the Ruta de las Flores.

There are 13 ziplines in the adventure park with the longest zipline is over 400 meters long! Unlike other places in Central America lượt thích Costa Rica, the ziplining costs only $35 so you can easily take the whole family without breaking the bank.

You can’t really book in advance, so just book through your hotel or find a local tour company lớn get the best price.

5. Join a coffee tour

Small coffee plants being born!

Coffee is a huge part of El Salvador và in the Ruta de las Flores there is no shortage of it. The best way khổng lồ get khổng lồ know the region is one a coffee tour và you can actually bởi one for only $5 USD at the El Carmen Coffee Farm in Ataco.

On the tour, they’ll show you how they get from plant to bean all the way lớn a delicious cup of coffee. If you haven’t done a coffee tour before, this will be super interesting. The tour lasts for around 1.5 hours and in the end, you’ll be able to lớn purchase some cheap coffee!

Where khổng lồ Stay along the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador

There are a total of 5 towns along the Ruta de las Flores, so picking which one to lớn stay in can be a difficult decision. However, I recommend staying in the town of Juayua.

Located in the middle of the Ruta de las Flores, Juayua has some amazing markets and is the closest khổng lồ the start of the Seven Waterfalls Hike. It is also the most central location for checking out the other towns và has some good budget accommodation options.

A few great options of where to stay in Juayua include:

Before you go…

Thanks for reading!

The Ruta de las Flores really is a magical place to lớn visit in El Salvador. Daniel and I loved our time here và hope to return one day!

I really hope you found this travel guide khổng lồ Ruta de las Flores helpful. If you have any questions then just leave them below and I’ll get back to lớn you!

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The Acatenango Volcano

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