Colonial Towns, Handicrafts and Coffee

Visit El Salvador’s artistic colonial towns of Nahuizalco and Conceptcion de Ataco.

  • Explore Nahuizalco and learn about its indigenous importance in El Salvador
  • Enjoy the heart of the town’s bustling local markets and artisan shops
  • Walk among the colourful wall murals of Ataco
  • Learn about coffee processing after a delicious lunch at one of Ataco’s coffee plantations, including coffee tasting
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

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  • Please note

    We recommend wearing lightweight clothes, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

First stop, Nahuizalco! Explore this amazing destination visiting the main plaza, the local church, the local beautiful artisan shops and the local fruit market and admire how the local create their natural fiber petates.

Nahuizalco is a very important center for indigenous communities and one of the last places where people speaks Nahuat in the country. Peasants and especially indigenous where involved in an uprising due social discontent which provoked a massacre in 1932 and reduce significatively the population of native indigenous.

Nowadays the customs, traditions, heritage and ceremonies are being protected and preserved by some of the last pure descendants remaining in this place as a cultural treasure. One of the main attractions in Nahuizalco is its colourful market, where you can find fresh fruit, birds, and other raw materials locally growth including the mimbre and tule, used by local artisans for make the famous handicrafts including baskets and the popular petates.

Later, continue along the road until you reach one of our greatest coffee making and exporting towns, Ataco. This “High Place of Springs” for its name in Nahuatl, offers vivid paintings along its walls, describing the daily life of locals and weekend activities that anyone is welcomed to join.

During the tour you will have lunch at a local restaurant operated by a 3rd generation coffee loving family. This is an outstanding venue around a coffee plantation where you will have the chance to learn about the coffee processing and even try different coffee beverages.

Practical information:

  • Included: Two course lunch, soft drink and tea/coffee.
  • Remarks: We recommend wearing lightweight clothes, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Language: English / French / German / Spanish / Italian
  • Walking information: There will be a moderate amount of walking.
  • Wheelchair accessible: Not suitable for wheelchair users.