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Ataco, the Perfect Place to Rest
Translated into English by Andrea Barraza
Do you have plans this weekend? Based on your votes on our fan page on Facebook, MedioLleno brings you to the perfect destiny to enjoy with your family this weekend.
The place: a town in Ahuachapán with Pipil origins called Concepción de Ataco. In Náhuat, Ataco means, “place with elevated water springs”. The Ministry of Tourism states on its website that Ataco has a fresh natural environment, unique and colorful architecture, and stone streets remnants from the past.
In 1911, it was declared a villa and in 1999, it was declared a city. Catholic tradition declared the Immaculate Virgin Mary as the patroness of this city, and every year, the people of Ataco have a celebration in her honor from December 11 to December 15.
What’s there to do in Ataco?
In Ataco, there is no reason for you to get bored. This highly touristic cite has various guesthouses, recreational activities, cafeterias, bars, and restaurants with a large diversity of food choices ready to please any customer’s taste.
An impressive church in honor of the Immaculate Virgin Mary stands proudly in the center of town. In 2001, its structure was seriously damaged due to strong earthquakes and city officials were forced to rebuild it completely. It was newly inaugurated in 2003. Inside the church, attractive murals and impressive religious images abound.
MITUR recommends that those who wish to discover a splendid panoramic view of Ataco hike for approximately 30 minutes to “La Cruz del Cielito Lindo”.
Where to eat in Ataco?
Ataco is known for its charming touristic cites- especially its gastronomic variety. Its central park holds large food festivals and social events every weekend for the enjoyment of both national and international tourists.
How to get there by car?
If you begin your journey in San Salvador, you must take the Carretera Panamericana (CA-8) towards Santa Ana-Sonsonate. When you reach a point in Lourdes commonly known as “El Poliedro”, turn right and head for Sonsonate.
Along the road you will notice signs that indicate the direction towards all the major points in La Ruta de las Flores. The approximate time from San Salvador to Ataco is one hour and 30 minutes.
How to get there by bus?
When traveling by bus to Ataco, there are a variety of options. In San Salvador’s western terminal, you may travel on the 205 special bus for $1.30 and your traveling time will be approximately one hour and 15 minutes. The 205 normal bus costs $0.75 and the travel time is approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Another option is to take route 249, destination Sonsonate-Ahuachapán. Enjoy!
For more information
Tourist Attention Center (CAT) Ruta de las Flores: (503) 2401-8675
Ataco City Hall: (503) 2450-5605 / 2450-5021