Ataco is a municipality in the department of Ahuachapán in El Salvador with 18 thousand inhabitants as of 2011. Its population is of pre-Columbian origin consisting of Indigenous Yaqui and Pipil communities. In Nahuat, Ataco means the place of high springs and its patron saint festivities honor the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. The climate is very cool due to its elevation above sea level. Ataco has countless craft shops attracting tourists interested in local sculptures, ornaments, fabrics, embroidery, key rings, coffee candles and the unique and varied local gastronomy. If you visit Ataco, there is a place you should not miss.
La Casa de Los Telares is located in the center of the city which is well known and famous because artisans handcraft their art onsite. There are an infinity of treasures here that tourists fall in love with. Many wish they could buy everything in store.
One day is not enough to enjoy everything that this city offers tourists, as there are restaurants, hotels and hostels that offer top quality service. But first you have to visit the house of the looms where you can enjoy everything that they sell there, including a rich, freshly ground coffee grown in the mountains.
The Casa de los Telares dates back to 1910. Local artists, Cristian and Álvaro young entrepreneurs who love art and nature personalize their pieces here. Since 2013 the house of the looms is also recognized as Axul, the place where exclusive and personalized pieces are created.
All the pieces are designed by the aforementioned artists and worked by a group of artisans from the Ruta de Las Flores area and finished with all the details by Cristian and Álvaro. All the crafts are made by hand with their bright and attractive colors and that makes them exclusive pieces.
Many pieces are green in color and are made of recycled eco-friendly materials in respect of nature. Inside, is Don José who spends all day knitting and weaving the bright colors of the blankets that cover us at night.
There is a space where tourists enjoy a cup of coffee with dessert. The atmosphere is very bohemian. After the break, visitors take a tour of the whole house. They also make personalized masks here because we are still in a pandemic.
Access to this place is by the Ruta de Las Flores and from San Salvador you take a bus route 249 in the western terminal. This is a good place for backpackers and tourists who like adventure and who want to know these types of destinations.
Ataco offers guided walks and in its surroundings there are viewpoints, coffee mills, coffee plantations, mountains and its cobbled streets recall the old days of ox carts pulling coffee from the farms that were taken to the reception areas. Now it is a town full of flowers and many attractions that the nights are very bohemian with music in its restaurants, some live and others only indoors.
Nearby are the Atzumpa pools, which is a very small natural spa but its pools are of crystalline natural water thanks to the natural source of water in the place. There is a semi-tropical forest and a very temperate climate. There is also another place known as the Cruz del Cielito Lindo, it is a viewpoint from where you can see the entire town of Ataco with a view of the Izalco volcano.
Mauricio Alexander Cáceres García is a Correspondent for Latina Republic focused on El Salvador and Latin America. He is a renowned and awarded Photojournalist and Documentarian from El Salvador. He has extensive experience reporting on migration, community, travel, tourism and patrimony. His work showcases the power of human stories. Among his specializations, Cáceres has reported on “The migrant route” of the Guatemalan border, Mexico and the United States. Cáceres has a degree in Migration from the Universidad de Centro América, UCA. Cáceres has served as an Editor of the newspaper Más, EDH and elsalvador.com. He has extensive experience in national and international news coverage, studied journalism has won several photography awards throughout Latin America, including second place on a photographic contest centered on the migrant woman, and earning the Santa Clara de Asís prize for his report on the migrant route.