Ataco

Ataco, or more formerly known as Concepción de Ataco, is very easy to come and go from. Buses pass by the edge of town in front of the Parque Ecologico San Francisco – although you wont find this park on google maps (see photos).

 

From San Salvador

To get to Ataco by bus from San Salvador take the 205 from the Terminal de Occidente to Sonsonate. Then change to the 249 to Ahuachapán – which will pass Ataco along the way.

 

From Juayuá

From Juayuá take 249 heading to Ahuachapán. This bus passes Ataco after about 25 minutes.

 

From La Libertad (El Tunco, Playa Sunzal, El Zonte, La Mizata) 

To get here from the coast take the direct bus from La Libertad at either 6am, ~1:45pm to Sonsonate. This bus will pass El Tunco, Playa Sunzal, El Zonte and La Mizata and takes about 2hrs. Then the 249 to Ahuachapán which will pass Ataco along the way.

 

From Santa Ana

From Santa Ana take the 238 bus to Juayuá. Walk two blocks from where you are dropped off to the bus stop next to the Scotia Bank and wait at the corner. Take the 249 bus heading to Ahuachapán and get off in Ataco. Alternately, go to Ahuachapán first and then switch to the bus heading to Sonsonate which will pass Ataco on the way. Both buses leave the Terminal Francisco Lara Pineda.

 

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FINE PRINT

In general the majority of buses operate between just before sunrise until sunset. Times are listed when we have them, but remember, you are in El Salvador and even the locals say the schedules are 'loco' sometimes. Always plan enough time in your day for travel and plan to be at your destination before the sun sets. Avoid arriving when it's getting dark. Short distance buses will cost between $0.25 and $1.50 and longer distance buses $1.50-$3.00. Some routes offer more than one class of travel: regular class and especial which often has a/c and makes fewer stops but cost a little more. Also, know that you and only you are responsible for your own health and safety in your travels and the choices you make. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!

CONNECTING STATIONS

PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY

The buses stop in front of this parque - however it is not indicated on Google maps (see marker on map)

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Heading to the bus stop from the town center.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

The bus stop.

The two buses waiting here are the 249 heading to Ahuachapan and bus 20 which makes a loop from Ahuachapan to Juayua to Apaneca and back.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Bus 20 - Ahuachapan to Juayua to Apaneca and back.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Heading towards town center from the bus stop.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

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