With a smile
Admire the coffee
But I preferred to stay in Juayua. To test the hammock in the garden. To admire the coffee coming out of their own roastery. And to enjoy the smile and the good moods of Maria. ‘We might not have a lot’, she knows. ‘But we love where we are living, and isn’t that what it is all about?’
Good to know
- January and february are the best months to visit the Flower Route. The climate is gentle throughout the year though (beware of rain season, from april onwards for a couple of months)
- On the southern side of the Parque Central is a lovvely bakery (pasteleria), where typical Salvador life glides by. For food, there are many pupuserias (Sugey or Estelito for example). The Taqueria La Guadalupana serves excellent and very good-value Mexican food. R&R restaurant is the best one, but also pretty expensive, especially for locals
- If you are into reptiles, Reptilandia El Salvador might be the thing for you. The small museum / zoo is only two blocks away from the main square
- Hiking: apart from hiking to the waterfalls, nearby Santa Ana volcano is a major attraction. Take bus 238 for 40 minutes, then bus 248 to the entrance. Hikes apparently start 11am sharp, the last bus leaves at 5pm. You might not make it in one day. Lago de Coatepeque close to Santa Ana is worth a visit as well
- Getting there and away: bus 249 from Sonsonate to Ahuachapan. It leaves you hundred metres away from the main square. When going back, ask the driver whether it goes onwards to Ahuachapan or is returning to Sonsonate. From Ahuachupan it is also possible (but not easy) to cross the border to Guatemala. Pay attention: in Sonsonate there is one bus terminal for when you arrive from San Salvador, but you have to cross the street to a bigger terminal for the connection to Ahuachapan.
More pictures can be found here.