El Salvador
Departamento de Ahuachapán

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  • Day41


    February 6, 2017 in El Salvador

    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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  • Day42


    February 7, 2017 in El Salvador

    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

  • Day58

    Abkühlen in Ataco

    April 28 in El Salvador

    Auf dem Weg nach Santa Ana machten wir einen Zwischenstopp in dem netten Ort Ataco. Bei den üblichen Temperaturen von weit über 30 Grad kam uns eine Abkühlung im Hochland von El Salvador sehr gelegen.

    Auf der Suche nach einer Herberge für die Nacht stießen wir per Zufall auf „La Posada de Don Oli“ was uns auf Anhieb super gefiel. Wir wurden sehr herzlich begrüßt und uns wurde ein leckerer Willkommenskaffee serviert. Später stellte sich heraus, dass dies das Haus des Bürgermeisters ist. 😁
    Am Nachmittag schlenderten wir durch die Straßen und erleichterten unseren Geldbeutel. Ataco ist bekannt für sein Kunsthandwerk.
    Am Abend fand im Dorf eine große Fiesta statt. Die Musikanlage bestand aus einer Boxenwand von mindestens 6x5 Metern.Die Musik war so laut, dass man es dort nicht aushielt. Ganz schön „loco“ die Salvadorianer 😄
    Zum Frühstück wurde uns wie schon so oft Gallo Pinto (Reis mit Bohnen) mit Spiegelei und einer süßen Kochbanane serviert.
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  • Day109

    Tacuba, El Salvador.

    June 7, 2016 in El Salvador

    How long: 2 nights
    Stayed: Mama y Papa hostel
    Travelling with: Susan

    Long old days travel but also quite enjoyable. El Salvador continues to surprise and impress with its amazingly friendly and helpful people.
    We got the chicken bus from outside Tortufa Verde to San Miguel, everyone we met saying hello and smiling warmly. In San Miguel we asked about our onward bus and were immediately snatched up and hurried to the waiting bus which was about to leave...fastest transfer in history. Reaching San Salvador a few hours later we were besieged by taxi drivers the minute we left the bus but they were not aggressive and when we decided to stop for something to eat one guy led us to a table at a nearby stall and left us with a polite "if you need a taxi later, remember me"
    Lunch was our first (of what was to become many) experience of the local dish "papusa" which is corn tortilla stuffed with local (salty) cheese and beans. Some places have chicken and fish or apoya (a spinachy type green) but cheese and beans is the standard. All served with pickled cabbage and a got tomato sauce. Served piping hot straight from the griddle and eaten with your fingers.....asbestos hands definitely coming in handy here :)
    Our lunch host was a lovely lady called Patti who we (Susan) had a great chat with and we ended up spending hours there chatting and deliberating our onward destination. Finally we decided to head to Ahuachapan which involved getting to one of the other bus stations in San Sal and getting the bus from there. Taxi man had hovered all afternoon and finally thought his luck was in when Patti whipped off her apron and announced she was driving us to the other station. And so she did!!! And came in with us and made sure we got safely on to the next bus....and checked in with us on facebook later to make sure we arrived safely! Such a gem!
    We changed in Ahuachapan and made our way to Tacuba on a very packed chicken bus where we were the center of attention....they don't get any gringos up there! Got off in Tacuba and were wandering a little aimlessly when an arm came out of a doorway and pointed us in the right direction. We arrived at Mama y Papas in the early evening and after a nice chat with mama we headed off to the local papusa place (daughters sent up to the hostel to collect us in case we got lost) and then had an early night ahead of our hike in El Impossible next day.
    Up and breakfasted and on our way mashed into the front of an old pickup by 8am. Eric our driver looked about 12 but apparently had been driving in the national park for 5 years....a fact I was very glad of as we were skidding all over the mountain track in a rain storm a few hours later. He dropped us off after about 30 mins and Avil took over....not a word of English so we were really going to have to test out limited Spanish. For the next 4 hours he walked us through the park through some spectacular countryside and gave us some facinating information on the local plants and their medicinal powers....none of which I can remember now of course. Absolutely stunning scenery but one really bad moment when i took out my camera to find that the lens was smashed! Trauma! And no idea when it happened!!
    After about 4 hours we got to the coffee finca belonging to mama and papa where the pickup would meet us. As we waited there we played with the 4 young kids of the couple who live there...the fifth was in school. Beautiful, well minded kids but they really had nothing. We found out later that the couple were both 26! According to mama there is a very high birth rate among the poor....the fault of which she lays very firmly at the door of the church....which was surprising considering her home was a mini shrine to the virgin Mary.
    After a very hairy journey where I did have visions of us plunging down a ravine in the deluge we got back to mamas and spent the evening watching the rain and the ducks in the back garden. Nice chilled evening and early to bed!
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  • Day93

    El Salvador and torrential rain

    September 17, 2017 in El Salvador

    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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  • Day94

    Waterfall and Pupusas

    September 18, 2017 in El Salvador

    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

  • Dec29

    Concepción de Ataco

    December 28, 2010 in El Salvador

    En Concepción de Ataco se puede encontrar tiendas que venden artesanías con una gran variedad de esculturas, adornos, tejidos, bordados, llaveros y velas de café. La población nativa de Ataco aun conserva muchas de las costumbres y tradiciones de sus abuelos, que va de generación en generación a través de la tradición oral, resguardando hasta ahora un poco de nuestra cultura nahuat.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Departamento de Ahuachapán, Departamento de Ahuachapan, Ahuachapán

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