Concepción de Ataco Travel Guide

  • Galerìa Zorro - Artist Bailey Bédard
    Galerìa Zorro - Artist Bailey Bédard
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  • Colourful houses in Concepción de Ataco
    Colourful houses in Concepción de Ataco
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    Ataco's Church
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Concepción de Ataco Things to Do

  • Visit the Galerìa Zorro

    This great little art gallery is filled with vibrant artwork that is a fabulous memento of this colourful town.Owner artist Bailey Bédard offers a warm welcome and always has a funny story to tell. If you`re there for a couple of days, you can even arrange art classes - make your own memento!

  • Colonial Houses - Check out what...

    Ataco has many remarkable examples of Spanish colonial houses and, if you haven't done it yet by the time of your visit, you will easily realize what "brightly-painted" and "colorful" means when referred to Spanish colonial houses. A visual representation will provide better than words explanation and it is given in the photos attached. You don't...

  • See Murales Adorning Shops and Houses

    In wandering Ataco's streets you will come across a handful of murals (murales), generally depicting scenes from local rural life, floral motifs or religious subjects, adorning walls, shops and houses.The mural in the photo, seems to be the second-top travelers-choice sight in Ataco (for the top-one see my other tip), based on the number of...

  • El Parque Central

    The Main Square (Parque Central) is the center of the village life and there is no way you are going to miss it. Ataco's Main Square has the traditional Spanish colonial town structure with a small park surrounded by the Church, the City Hall and other administrative and civil buildings. That I know, the Church has no artistic, religious or...

  • Relax and Enjoy Slow-paced Life

    There is no much of sights and attractions, in the usual sense of the words, to mention about Ataco. It is a small village with the typical Spanish-colonial architecture: a central square with a church and a grid of streets lined up with brightly-painted one-story houses. It is a pretty village, but does not compare indeed to Suchitoto or, just few...

  • The Top Travelers' Sight

    Believe it or not this woman seems to be the top sight in Ataco. If you don't believe it, check out the photo-sharing website "", search for photos taken in Concepcion de Ataco, and note how many travelers have taken photographs of this woman standing behind the front-door of her house in the Main Square. Different clothing, different...


Concepción de Ataco Restaurants

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    It was not easy to find a place to eat at after 5pm on a weekday. A place by the square had two occupied tables and another place were closing as I arrived. One restaurant mentioned in my guide book was not there anymore and one restaurant only had tortillas. When I asked near the market I was told there was an eatery just opposite, with entrance...

  • El Restaurante Boton

    El Restaurante Boton is a French restaurant /café serving crepes and quishe. There are many different kind of crepes, crepes with meet and vegetables or sweet ones. I had a strawberry crepes and had hoped to get a crepe with fresh strawberries, but it was filled with a very sweet strawberry jam. The crepe was 2.75 dollars (June 2009). A coffee was...

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Concepción de Ataco Transportation

  • From Ataco to Tacuba

    All buses leave Ataco from the corner of 2a Calle Pte with 4a Av Norte. Buses are frequent and one was just leaving for Ahuachapán as I arrived. It took 20 minutes and the fare was 0.40 dollars. In Ahuachapán the bus stopped near the market and I walked about two blocks through the market to get to the bus to Tacuba. I sat on the bus for 20 minutes...

  • To Ataco from Barra de Santiago

    There are two direct buses from Barra de Santriago to Sonsonate. One is leaving 4.30am and the other at 12. I took the 12 o'clock bus which was leaving from the end of Calle Principal (the same place where I had been dropped the day before). The bus left on time and it took 1,5 hours to Sonsonate. The ticket was 1.70 dollars (June 2009).At the...

  • Mototaxis for Getting Around

    You don't need anything else but the soles of your shoes to get around Ataco, but in the event, you will find mototaxis for hire in the Main Square.


Concepción de Ataco Shopping

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    by MalenaN Written Sep 19, 2009

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    There are a few artesanías (handicraft shops) in Ataco. One of them is Diconte-Axul where you can find painted wood figures, textiles, hand-dyed t-shirts and blouses and much more. I bought myself a souvenir here, a round wood painting for 15 dollars, and I bought postcards, 1 dollar each (June 2009). Inside there is a nice and tranquil café, a perfect place for a coffee and brownie, while writing postcards.
    Diconte-Axul is in a colourful building and it looked closed every time I passed by, but if you look on the closed door you will see the sign saying it is open and that you should press the bell. As many shops in El Salvador it was closed with bars even during opening hours.

    Diconte-Axul is in the purple house with murals

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Concepción de Ataco Warnings and Dangers

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    Stray Dogs

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    As well as in other villages I visited in El Salvador, you will find in Ataco plenty of stray dogs wandering the streets, many of them looking quite unhealthy. Be careful.

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