Ataco, El Salvador

 

The colonial city of Ataco was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and is located in the mountain region of El Salvador called Ruta de las Flores (Route of the Flowers), which typifies the beautiful flora surrounding the coffee fields in the cooler mountains.  The coffee is sold to Starbucks, among may other firms, and the coffee is rated with less acid often blended and mixed with other coffees. 

 

Ataco has about 13, 000 people in the city and another 6,000 in outlying villages.  The city is known for its arts and many festivals and fairs.  Colorful dresses are seen and marimba music is heard throughout the festivities.  There are numerous French and Italian restaurant as well as boutique hotels in the city.