The Ruta de las Flores, or the Route of the Flowers, is a beautiful district in western El Salvador comprised of sevens towns.
The route stretches from Sonsonate in the southeast, passing through Salcoatitan, Nahuizalco, Juayua, Apaneca, and Ataco, on its way to ending in Ahuachupan.
I want to share these pictures of the Ruta de las Flores in a quick photo essay so that you will see how charming this little corner of El Salvador is, and it just might get you dreaming of your own trip on the Flower Route!
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5 Most Popular Guided Ruta de las Flores Tours
Before you dig into all the Ruta de las Flores has to offer, here are the most popular guided tours for those who want to experience the route in one day.
Good to Know: Most tours have pick-up locations in San Salvador or other parts of El Salvador. Reach out to tour companies if you want a pick-up closer to the route.
Pictures of the Ruta de las Flores, Seeing the Flower Route in Pictures
Here are the photos of the Ruta de las Flores from my trip.
It was a minor triumph to have finished editing them within a week of getting back home, and I’m so excited to share them here with you!
View of coffee farms in Apaneca
The Labrynth at the Albanian Cafe in Apaneca
View from the Back Terrace at the Hoyel Juayúa
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Walking towards the Iglesia San Andrés Apóstol in Apaneca
The Largest Hot Spring in Central America (Ausoles más grande de Centroamérica)
A Colorful Mural on the Road Outside of Apaneca
The Iglesia San Andrés Apóstol in Apaneca
An Artisans Shop for Souvenirs and Leather Goods in Apaneca
Taking Photos of Friendly Kitties in Juayua
The Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan
Rainbow Umbrellas at the Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan
The Fountain across from the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua
Three Men and a Mural in Ataco
The Magnificent Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua
View from the Mirador Turístico Apaneca (The Apaneca Tourist Viewpoint)
The Colorful Entrance to Doña Goya Restaurante in Juayua
A Detailed Mural about Life on the Ruta de las Flores in Juayua
A Brown Terrace in Juayua
Sunset over the Apaneca, Santa Ana, and Itzalco Volcanoes from Juayua
A Funeral Procession in front of the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua
A Bike and A Bus in front of the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua
A Sign for the Toilets at the Juayua Food Festival in Juayua
Sunset on the Road to Nahuizalco
Saturdays in Juayua
A Beautiful Mural in Front of the Tourism Office in Juayua
Nuns Walking in Juayua
Farmacia Divino Jesus (the Divine Jesus Pharmacy) in Juayua
A Colorful Yellow Restaurant in Juayua
The Beautiful Ave Maria Cathedral in Ataco
The Alter of the Ave Maria Cathedral in Ataco
Sunrise on My Last Morning in Juayua
The Night Market in Nahuizalco
Sunset in Nahuizalco
A Street Dog Relaxing in the Middle of the Night Market in Nahuizalco
The Main Plaza in Nahuizalco
Flowers in Nahuizalco on the Route of the Flowers
A Mural in front of the House of Culture in Nahuizalco
A Mural of Life in Salcoatitan
A Fountain in Nahuizalco at Dusk
A Local Museum in Salcoatitan
Central Salcoatitan at Sunset
Double Churches in Salcoatitan
A Mosaic at a Church in Salcoatitan
A Yellow and White Fountain in the Main Plaza of Salcoatitan
View of the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan
Clocktower in the Main Plaza of Ahuachapan
Selfie in Front of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan
A Beautiful Cat Mural in Ataco
Relaxing in the Main Plaza in Ahuachapan
Mirror Selfie in Front of the Church in Apaneca
5 Best Photo Spots in the Ruta de las Flores (Places to Take Pictures & Most Instagrammable Locations)
Here are my favorite places to take pictures on the Ruta de las Flores:
The Labrynth at the Albanian Cafe in Apaneca
Mirador Turístico Apaneca
Night Market in Nahuizalco
Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua
The Church and Main Plaza in Ataco
If you’ve been, what are your favorite places to take pictures on the Ruta de las Flores?
5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to El Salvador
Lonely Planet Central America is available as a paper copy or in a Kindle edition. You typically won’t find major guidebooks once you land, so get yours ahead of time.
I used this to plan my last trip to El Salvador, and I held onto it so I can use it for my next trip to Central America!
Mosquito Repellant is the single most important thing you’ll want on you as soon as dusk hits. Have enough to at least get through the first night if you’re packing light.
Full-Sized Travel Towel Unless your accommodations provide them, you will want to bring your own. I always bring my towel to Central America.
This is the best travel towel in the world. It’s pretty enough for the beach, large enough that you forget it’s a microfibre towel, and quick-drying, which is crucial in super humid parts of Central America.
A Go Pro for underwater and action photography. Why go all the way to El Salvador and not be able to capture some of the most exciting parts of your trip?
This is perfect for those spending time at the beach or waterfalls!
A Dry Bag for your stuff when you go on a boat or to the beach. You can get a larger one to use for a group or if you plan on taking a larger camera.
Otherwise, I use small ones with lanyards to hold my cell phone, money, and credit cards so I could take them with me swimming when traveling solo.
I used these when at the hot springs in El Salvador so I could get great cell phone pictures without risking having my cell phone out by the thermal pools.
You might also want a separate waterproof holder for your passport. I’ve seen people who weren’t allowed to board their flights home because their passports got water damaged at the beach.
A Portable Charging Bank in case your phone dies. Having a portable charger for your phone is crucial.
This is a safety issue since you will want to be able to contact someone in case you end up in an unsafe situation.
A Lightweight but Durable Backpack – My Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Daypack was a steal for the price. It’s survived 17 US national parks as well as my time in Mexico and El Salvador!
It won’t last forever, but it has more than proved its worth so far.
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Don’t Forget about Travel Insurance!
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I always make sure to get travel insurance whenever I’m going to be over one hundred miles from home, in large cities where tourists can be the target of pickpockets, and anytime I’ll be doing outdoor adventure or beach activities.
It makes my life easier knowing if something should happen, I’ll be able to take care of it!