50 Pictures of the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador’s Route of the Flowers, to Spark Your Wanderlust (Photo Essay)

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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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50 Pictures of the Ruta de la Flores, El Salvador's Route of the Flowers, to Spark Your Wanderlust

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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.

Ruta de Las Flores People Volcanoes Colonial Towns

Ruta de las Flores: Nahuizalco + Juayua + Coffee Tour + Ataco + Hotsprings

Full-Day Ruta de Las Flores visit four Colonial Towns and Coffee Farm

El Salvador Ruta de las Flores and Volcanoes Cerro Verde Park

Flowers Route Tour of El Salvador + Coffee Farm visit

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!

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View of coffee farms in Apaneca

El Salvador - Apaneca - Coffee Farm

The Labrynth at the Albanian Cafe in Apaneca

El Salvador - Apaneca - The Labrynth at the Albanian Cafe in Apaneca

View from the Back Terrace at the Hoyel Juayúa

You can see more about the beautiful Hotel Juayua and check availability here.

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

El Salvador - Apaneca - A Colorful Mural on the Road Outside of Apaneca

The Iglesia San Andrés Apóstol in Apaneca

El Salvador - Apaneca - The Iglesia San Andrés Apóstol in Apaneca

An Artisans Shop for Souvenirs and Leather Goods in Apaneca

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - Apaneca - An Artisans Shop for Souvenirs and Leather Goods in Apaneca

Taking Photos of Friendly Kitties in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - Juayua - Taking Photos of Friendly Kitties in Juayua

The Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - The Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan

Rainbow Umbrellas at the Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - Rainbow Umbrellas at the Tamales de Santa Teresa in Ahuachupan

The Fountain across from the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - The Fountain across from the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua

Three Men and a Mural in Ataco

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - Three Men and a Mural in Ataco

The Magnificent Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - The Magnificent Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua

View from the Mirador Turístico Apaneca (The Apaneca Tourist Viewpoint)

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - View from the Mirador Turístico Apaneca (The Apaneca Tourist Viewpoint)

The Colorful Entrance to Doña Goya Restaurante in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - The Colorful Entrance to Doña Goya Restaurante in Juayua

A Detailed Mural about Life on the Ruta de las Flores in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - A Detailed Mural about Life on the Ruta de la Flores in Juayua

A Brown Terrace in Juayua

El Salvador - Route of the Flowers - Flower Route - Juayua - A Brown Terrace in Juayua

Sunset over the Apaneca, Santa Ana, and Itzalco Volcanoes from Juayua

El Salvador - Sunset over the Apaneca, Santa Ana, and Itzalco Volcanoes from Juayua - Ruta de la Flores

A Funeral Procession in front of the Iglesia Santa Lucia in Juayua

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - 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

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - 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

El Salvador - Ruta de la Flores - A Sign for the Toilets at the Juayua Food Festival in Juayua

Sunset on the Road to Nahuizalco

El Salvador - Sunset on the Road to Nahuizalco

Saturdays in Juayua

El Salvador - Saturdays in Juayua

A Beautiful Mural in Front of the Tourism Office in Juayua

El Salvador - A Beautiful Mural in Front of the Tourism Office in Juayua

Nuns Walking in Juayua

Nuns Walking in Juayua

Farmacia Divino Jesus (the Divine Jesus Pharmacy) in Juayua

El Salvador - Farmacia Divino Jesus (the Divine Jesus Pharmacy) in Juayua

A Colorful Yellow Restaurant in Juayua

El Salvador - A Colorful Yellow Restaurant in Juayua

The Beautiful Ave Maria Cathedral in Ataco

El Salvador - A Beautiful Church in Ataco - Ave Maria Cathedral

The Alter of the Ave Maria Cathedral in Ataco

El Salvador - The Alter of the Main Church in Ataco - Ave Maria Cathedral

Sunrise on My Last Morning in Juayua

Sunrise on My Last Morning in Juayua

The Night Market in Nahuizalco

El Salvador - The Night Market in Nahuizalco

Sunset in Nahuizalco

Sunset in Nahuizalco El Salvador

A Street Dog Relaxing in the Middle of the Night Market in Nahuizalco

A Street Dog Relaxing in the Middle of the Night Market in Nahuizalco

The Main Plaza in Nahuizalco

El Salvador The Main Plaza in Nahuizalco

Flowers in Nahuizalco on the Route of the Flowers

Flowers in Nahuizalco on the Route of the Flowers El Salvador

A Mural in front of the House of Culture in Nahuizalco

A Mural in front of the House of Culture in Nahuizalco - El Salvador

A Mural of Life in Salcoatitan

A Mural of Life in Salcoatitan - El Salvador

A Fountain in Nahuizalco at Dusk

A Fountain in Nahuizalco at Dusk El Savlador Route of the Flowers in Pictures

A Local Museum in Salcoatitan

A Local Museum in Salcoatitan El Salvador

Central Salcoatitan at Sunset

Central Salcoatitan at Sunset El Salvador

Double Churches in Salcoatitan

El Salvador - Double Churches in Salcoatitan

A Mosaic at a Church in Salcoatitan

A Mosaic at a Church in Salcoatitan El Salvador

A Yellow and White Fountain in the Main Plaza of Salcoatitan

El Salvador - A Yellow and White Fountain in the Main Plaza of Salcoatitan

View of the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan

El Salvador - View of the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan

Clocktower in the Main Plaza of Ahuachapan

El Salvador - Clocktower in the Main Plaza of Ahuachapan

Selfie in Front of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan

Selfie in Front of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ahuachapan El Salvaord

A Beautiful Cat Mural in Ataco

A Beautiful Cat Mural in Ataco El Salvador

Relaxing in the Main Plaza in Ahuachapan

Relaxing in the Main Plaza in Ahuachapan El Salvador

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:

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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

El Salvador - Juayua - Stephanie Backpack
This backpack has survived seventeen national parks and trips to Mexico and El Salvador with no sign of stopping anytime soon!

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.

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.

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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.

See the Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Daypack on Amazon

Other items to consider: a small first aid kit and a water bottle with a filter.

More El Salvador Travel Resources

27 Magical Things to Do on the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador

50 Pictures of the Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador’s Route of the Flowers, to Spark Your Wanderlust (Photo Essay)

Don’t Forget about Travel Insurance!

Whenever I go on a trip, I always make sure to get 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!

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