Depart from your San Salvador hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and admire the scenery as you venture to the verdant heart of the Apaneca-llamatepec mountain range. Marvel at the tangle of picturesque streets as you arrive in Apaneca and climb aboard your impressive dune buggy.
Listen to an informative safety briefing then follow your guide through the luscious landscape to Laguna Verde, an inviting body of water whose surface reflects the gorgeous greenery that surrounds. Capture fantastic photographs of the natural wonder then climb back onto your buggy to drive to the next destination.
Next, arrive at Laguna de las Ninfas (Lagoon of the Nymphs) and relish the sight of beautiful water lilies saturating its calm surface. Trace the visually stunning Ruta de las Flores (Flowers Route) and see an abundance of traditional coffee farms and stalls along your way.
Return your dune buggy to the village then relax during the journey back to San Salvador in your private vehicle. If you have opted for the full-day tour, your excursion will continue. Please see the Itinerary section below for more detailed information on the upgrade option.
Optional Flowers Route Tour
The Flowers Route, or Ruta de las Flores, refers to a cluster of five colonial-style mountainside villages located along a 22-mile (35-km) stretch of highway in the middle of El Salvador’s coffee plantations. After your dune buggy ride, spend the afternoon discovering three of these towns: Apaneca, Ataco and Ahuachapán.
On this tour with private transport, you choose how long to stay in each town and where to have lunch (own expense). Enhance this experience with an additional upgrade to include a personal guide, who accompanies you throughout the tour and provides engaging local insight and commentary.
Calm any post-ride jitters with visions of art and fascinating antiques on your first stop in the heart of Apaneca. Amid a maze of cobblestoned streets, pass houses with orange-clay-shingled roofs and visit a market flooded with flowers and fresh produce. If you’re visiting during the winter, expect gusty winds that make for clear views of nearby volcanoes and mountains. And don't miss a taste of the top-quality locally made coffee, perhaps after lunch in one of Apaneca’s rustic restaurants.
Continue north to browse the handcraft shops in Ataco, and witness artisans producing patterned fabrics on treadle looms. In Ahuachapán, near the Guatemala border, you can decide whether the coffee sold here is better than what you tried in Apaneca.
With a full-day dune buggy adventure plus tour of the Flowers Route complete, you’ll be privately chauffeured back to your San Salvador hotel.