Coffee is probably the most important Product of El Salvador
Historically, it changed the whole country in all aspects, there is a before coffee and after coffee El Salvador. You can still taste high quality coffee in the salvadorean mountains, probably the best coffee comes from Ataco, Juayua and the Apaneca mountain ridge. The mountains recieve the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, giving a great acidic flavor to the coffee beans. Cacao was eaten by our ancestors since before the Spanish came to our territory. Cocoa beans are actually native of Central America, people is trying to make Cocoa production bigger than Coffee, as our land is ideal for Cocoa.
We pickup in El Sunzal, El Tunco, San Salvador and Santa Tecla in that order, picking up travellers along the way. We drive to Nahuilingo, a town with indigenous ancestry where you can walk through an authentic salvadorean countryside town to visit a Cacao Plantation, we try the fruit and see the whole process of transforming the cacao seeds into choco paste, then we try a cup of local salvadorean chocolate. Then we drive to Ruta de las Flores where we have our coffee tour in Ataco. The coffee tour takes place in a coffe plantation and processing plant that has been in business for almost 100 years. You can learn about the whole process of processing the coffee beans into roasted beans or ground coffee, at the end we have a tasting of the local coffee. Then we visit Ataco to checkout its world-famous murals. We return to San Salvador at around 16:00.
Bring a rainjacket, good walking shoes (muddy during rainy season), sunglasses, mosquito repellant, suncream. Price for Day Trip: $75 per person, tour runs with min 2 people. Includes Pickup and Drop off at your hotel, Cacao, chocolate paste, coffee tasting and Bilingual Guide. Cancellation Policy: No deposit is required for tours, but its very polite to let us know of any cancellations.