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Concepción de Ataco

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    • Day135

      Ruta de las Flores

      January 20, 2020 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Today, we left Santa Ana to get to the Ruta de las Flores, a nice mountain road with several cute colonial villages. In order to get there, we headed West again. On the way, we detoured some 5km on a dirt road in order to swim in Salto Malacatiupan, hot spring waterfall, we had heard about. And what a great place! Apart from 2 friendly dogs, 4 goats and the family living there, no other people. The water was very warm and we went for a bath. Very relaxing, although with almost 30 degrees outside, a cold waterfall would have been ok as well 😉
      We then continued to Ataco, the first village on the Ruta de las Flores. Just after Ahuachapan, we saw a bad accident which had just happened. 2 guys on a motorcycle crashed into a car that came out of a smaller road. The guys didn't look good, but they were alive. As several people were already busy calling the ambulance and taking care of securing the scene, we quickly passed by and let them do their job.
      We then had to climb for about 900m in the middle of the day, so we sweat a lot. Ataco is a little touristy, but has colourful murals and colonial style houses. It's quite pretty and we stayed a while, mainly to sort out our local SIM card (we had found out that they had sold us one without credit before...) and buy food for dinner.
      Then we went on and climbed a little more until we got to a small hotel we had found on AirBnB. The place is owned by Dave (US) and Sonia (originally from El Salvador), who welcomed us warmly. We wanted to get something a little cheaper, but the 20$ we paid in the end were well worth it: a perfectly neat and clean room, a washing machine we could use for free, regional coffee in the room, a roof terrace, a kitchen we were alllowed to use and a great discussion on the Salvadorian culture.
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    • Day203

      Die Wunder der Geothermie

      October 25, 2021 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Die gesamte Region hier wimmelt nur so vor Vulkanen. Deswegen ist hier geothermisch ordentlich was los. So erfahren wir von heiß dampfenden Schlammtöpfen in der Gegend. Los infernillos (die kleinen Höllen) sind kleine blubbernde Schlammteich-Krater aus denen Schwefeldampf, Wasser und Lehm ausgeschleudert werden. Dann gibt es da noch die warmen Wasserlagunen, Flüsse und Wasserfälle. Teilweise erreichen diese Thermalquellen Temperaturen bis zu 96 ° Celsius. Da wo wir baden gehen hat der Fluss, aber genau die Badewannentemperatur, die ich mir auch Zuhause einlaufen lassen würde. Ist schon irgendwie ein bisschen surreal in einem heißen Fluss zu sitzen, bzw. in einem ziemlich warmen Wasserfall zu duschen. Das sind sicherlich gern gesehene Begleiterscheinungen des Vulkanismus. Denn man sieht schon so einige El Salvadorianer ihre tägliche Körperhygiene an diesen Thermalquellen verrichten oder einfach in der Naturbadewanne sitzen, bis die Haut richtig schrumpelig ist. Auch wird durch die Wunder der Geothermie ein Teil der Stromversorgung des Landes hier erzeugt. Leider bringt das ganze auch eine andere Seite mit sich. Uns wird erzählt, dass das Leben zwischen all diesen Vulkanen auch immer eine nicht zu beherrschende Gefahr darstellt, und es immer wieder zu unvorhersehbaren Naturkatastrophen mit Todesopfern kommt. Dann hat das Land neben den Vulkanausbrüchen, auch noch mit regelmäßigen Erdbeben, Hurrikans, Überschwemmungen und Dürre zu kämpfen – es gibt kaum eine Katastrophe, die das mittelamerikanische Land nicht schon getroffen hat. Zudem habe ich nachgelesen, dass die Naturkatastrophen sich laut jüngsten UN-Zahlen in den vergangenen zwanzig Jahren weltweit verdoppelt haben und eines der am stärksten betroffenen Länder ist El Salvador, das beim Weltrisikoindex auf dem 11. von 180 Plätzen steht. Nachdem man dies nun weiß, ist es für mich noch weniger wunderlich, dass die Sorge vor Kriminalität bei den El Salvadorianern eine völlig untergeordnete Rolle spielt. Sie leben einfach mit den Umständen die sie sowieso nicht beherrschen können, ohne das die Umstände ihr Leben beherrschen. Die Deutschen mit ihren Bestrebungen nach maximaler Sicherheit scheinen in Anbetracht dieses Lebens hier geradezu niedlich.
      Zu guter Letzt besuchen wir wieder eine Maya-Ruine. Nach 5 Minuten und einem Foto sind wir wieder draußen. Weder Kai noch ich können Maya-Ruinen etwas abgewinnen und zudem haben wir einfach auch schon zu viele in Mexiko gesehen- und das trotz unserem mangelndem Interesse daran. Das war definitiv die Letzte die ich mir nun angetan habe!
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    • Day78

      Ruta de las flores 🇸🇻

      March 21, 2022 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Our second stop in El Salvador was a place called Ruta de las Flores which is made up of lots of little towns. We stayed in a town called Juayua because it was the most well known. Although Ruta de las Flores is beautiful and feels very authentic, there is hardest any tourists meaning their isn’t an awful lot to actually do. We explored some of the other local towns by chicken bus, getting lost in in a maze and hanging out at some hot springs.

      Our second day was spent on the 7 waterfalls hike. We hired a local guide to take us as the route is apparently hard to find without one. The hike itself was really fun, wading through rivers and over tree trunks. The fun soon stopped when we were told we had to scale a huge waterfall by hand, no helmets or protection of any kind what so ever. So after getting over the fact we were probably going to die (very dramatic) we decided to do it and by some miracle, we made it out alive. Then we relaxed in the final waterfall pool and had a facial 😂
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    • Day59

      Coffee shop Ataco

      March 4, 2022 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Arrêt à ce coffee shop avant de quitter Ataco pour profiter de l'offre repérée la veille à $2,5 pour quesadilla et café.
      Quesadilla à se partager pour goûter ce met sucré et le café du matin pour David.
      L'employé est un vrai barista et nous présente même de nouveaux outils de préparation du café. Nous pouvons également sentir les cafés de qualité pacamara et geisha, découverts la veille à la visite.
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    • Day42

      Apaneca

      February 7, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Apaneca was our last stop along Rutas de las Flores. We went here to go ziplining. The tour was a lot of fun. It was only the three of us so we never had to wait long and did just go from one line to the next. Some were really high and long and we had amazing views over the landscape. We walked around town after the tour but there wasn't much to see which we hadn't seen in the two other stops before. So we jumped back on the bus to head for the beach.Read more

    • Day66

      Ruta del las Flores

      August 24, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Quick pit stop on la Ruta at a coffee farm in Apeneca. Real espresso!!! Surprisingly good! Nice for a wonder around the farm, didn't want to risk getting lost in the hedge- maze given the approaching dark clouds!Read more

    • Day202

      Ruta de las Flores

      April 29, 2019 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Die Ruta de Las Flores ist eine Straße, die an hübschen, bunten Kolonialdörfern, Kunsthandwerkerstätten, Wochenmärkten, und Kaffeeplantagen vorbei an Vulkanen führt. Auf der Höhe von 1.500 Meter herrscht hier ein mildes Klima. Wir schauen uns die idyllischen Dörfer mit ihren Kopfsteinpflasterstraßen und den bunten Wandgemälden an und genießen das Treiben bei einem leckeren, regional angebautem Kaffee. Die Ruta de las Flores ist ein echtes Schmuckstück des winzigen Landes, von dem man eigentlich nicht viel Gutes hört.Read more

    • Day94

      Waterfall and Pupusas

      September 18, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Breakfast this morning was at little cafe in town. Food was yummy scrambled eggs, rice and beans with grilled plantain. The coffee was even a little strong which was good. We had a look at shops before heading to the bus stop where we caught a local bus, then a short tuk-tuk ride to a local waterfall. The falls were beautiful and there was extra security, men with machetes and police to make sure it was safe. We then got a tuk-tuk and bus back to town. I went for a walk around town and did some shopping. We all made pupusas for dinner which is a flour batter with different fillings. I had pork, mushrooms and cheese. It comes with a pickled cabbage and tomato sauce.Read more

    • Day41

      Ataco

      February 6, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Ataco was even smaller than Juayúa but still a little nicer with lots of murals on the exterior walls of the houses. We explored the town and went up to Mirador de la Cruz de Ataco from where we had a good view over the town and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. We also saw a professional "documentary" been shot up there - a guy was holding a picture of different beer bottles and on the count of three he let it fly away with the wind. Luckily it was attached to a nylon string so it wouldn't really fly away as they had to shoot this part a few times 😅.
      Later Sebastian and I went for dinner and ordered some specialty and were pretty excited about that. When the food arrived and it was a big soup with some vegetables and fruits and a whole chicken leg in it we were a little disappointed first. But even though it wasn't what we expected it still tasted really good.
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    • Day93

      El Salvador and torrential rain

      September 17, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      This morning we checked out the market for breakfast. I had scrambled eggs with sausage and grilled banana. I also ordered a smoothie but I was scared to drink it as it was originally made using tap water. We walked along the streets where people were sitting lining the footpaths. I found a chocolate coated frozen banana which was quite exciting. We then went to a 98 year old lady's house who rolls her own cigars with tobacco leaves. We all had a try which was quite fun. We then piled into the bus to drive to Ataco.
      We stopped at lake for lunch and then arrived in town where it was raining very heavily.
      We went to wine bar, ate pizza and got caught in rain.
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