Category Highlights of El Salvador:

Feria Gastronomica

Every Saturday and Sunday, all year round, tourists and day trippers, foreign and local alike, flock into Juayua for it´s fantastic food festival. With around 50 stalls selling everything from rabbit, frog and iguana to more typical fare such as steak and prawns, chorizos and grilled chicken, there is something for everyone.


Tasty prawns and tender steak

Tasty prawns and tender steak

Always a large variety of foods

Always a large variety of foods

Frog, grilled or marinated

Frog, grilled or marinated

Desserts too

Desserts too

Tacos and kebabs

Tacos and kebabs

An assortment of natural refreshments

An assortment of natural refreshments

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Easy day trips from Casa Mazeta, Juayua

Juayua lies right at the heart of La Ruta de las Flores, making it by far the best location for exploring this hilly region. All the villages along this famous ‘Flowers Route’ are an easy bus ride away, the longest journey being around 45 minutes. Visit Ataco for it’s colourful murals and arts and crafts stores; Apaneca for the canopy tour (zip-lining) and it’s fun hedge maze; Salcoatitan for it’s elaborate mosaics and typical foods; and Nahuizalco for some of the best carpentry and wicker work in the country. The villages at either end of the route, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, although not unattractive, are used by most as transport hubs for onward travel.

For even more adventures we offer our fabulous 7 Waterfalls Hike, as well as shorter hikes to Rio Monterrey, Cerro Las Ranas, Cerro El Aguila and, coming soon, we plan hikes to both Volcan Santa Ana y Lago de Coatepeque starting from Casa Mazeta.

And for those desperate for a little beach time, Playa Los Cobanos is certainly doable as a day excursion by local buses. Also, great surfing can be had at nearby Playa La Mizata.

Setting off from Apaneca (…. appropriate graffiti on the wall!)

Samuel and JP at ‘La Laguna de las Ninfas’ ….. before the, ahem, accident!

A little ‘cow-traffic-jam’ on the way

View of Volcan Izalco

‘La Laguna’ in our sights!

Safely, though muddily, arrived at ‘Laguna Verde’

From ‘El Mirador’ at Laguna Verde

Heading homeward



Casa Mazeta staff rapelling ‘Cascadas El Bebedero’

Suska half way down!


‘Come to the edge’, they said ……

Paul, safely down and in joyous mood!




Chiquita, enjoying a well-earned bath

Elmer, on the short hike to ‘Los Chorros de la Calera’



Canopy tours at Apaneca, including return transport from Casa Mazeta

Festival of `Los Farolitos`, in Ataco every September

A few of the many local festivals and pageants in the Juayua area

These are some of the main events in chronological order;

January: 1st to 15th – Juayua’s Fiestas Patronales … 15days of fun, food and frolics!

25th to 2nd Feb. – Sonsonate (Great to combine with a whale watching tour at Los Cobanos!)

February: 5th to 14th – Ahuachapan (Ask about our tour to the festival and then on to the Hot Springs of Santa Teresa)


March: 17th to 19th – Turin, Ahuahapan (combined with a trip to the hot springs at Atiquizaya)

May: First weekend in May – Festival of Palms and Flowers, Panchimalco (Join us and include this festival with a tour of San Salvador’s highlights)

22nd to 23rd – Acajutla (with some beach time afterwards at Los Cobanos)

June: 19th to 25th – Nahuizalco (Join us and include a hike to Las Cascadas La Golondrinera)

23rd to 29th – Caluco, Sonsonate (let us take you to this festival and also to the hot springs bathing pools  of Shutecath)

25th to 29th – Metapan (when Metapan play at home, this stadium is a must visit!)

Seka and I in the church´s bell tower

Seka and I in the church´s bell tower

Juayua´s 15 Day ´Fiestas Patronales´!

Held over the first 15 days of January every year, Juayúa’s festival includes the food fair every day. Parades and beauty pageants; games, races and live music; fun-fairs and candy floss – all culminating in one of the grandest of festivals, all-day and all-night, on the 15th of January. Plus, on each weekend of the festival, half of the village centre is closed and 4 stages are set up for a live music fest. A kind of mini-Glastonbury without the mud and the Hari Krishnas.

Great hiking tours

From energetic hikes to casual strolls throughout the region, all with fully experienced local guides, plus all the travel info & tips you need to make the most of your stay.                              7 Waterfalls Tour from only $15 pp

Day Tours with private transport


Coatepeque from Ilamatepec

Tours offered by Casa Mazeta include; volcano climbs; hot springs at Santa Teresa y Malacatiupan; La Ruta de las Flores y Coffee tours; Mayan pyramids tours; football tours; whale watching (seasonal) ; plus bespoke tours …  tell us where you want to go, and we’ll build your day for you!

New! Direct Shuttles to and from Hostal Casa Mazeta

Antigua, Guatemala to Juayúa, El Salvador. Leaves at 1:00 pm, $35.00

Juayúa, El Salvador to Antigua. Leaves at 2:00 pm, $35.00

Juayúa, El Salvador to El Tunco beach. Leaves at     10:00 am, $25.00

Juayúa, El Salvador to El Cuco beach. Leaves at         10:00 am, $40.00

Juayúa, El Salvador to León, Nicaragua. Leaves at 10:30 am, $45.00

The best hostal in Juayua

Casa Mazeta offers you a free welcome drink; large garage for safe parking; free internet & wi-fi; hot water showers; laundry service; free use of kitchen; book exchange; huge DVD collection; ping pong table, board games, and dartboard

Hostal Casa Mazeta, Juayua, El Salvador

The perfect introduction to Juayua and ´La Ruta de las Flores´.

Clean, centrally-located hostel offers a friendly, family ambience in a beautiful, converted colonial house. Salvadoran / English owners speak both English and Spanish fluently.

Roses by night

Roses by night

Los Chorros de la Calera from above

Sam enjoying the tranquility of our hammocks and gardens

Beautiful tropical flowers

Garden Patio

Spacious dorm room with bathroom adjacent

Getting to grips with an ´Elote Loco´


Casa Mazeta Hostel

Casa Mazeta Hostal

kick back and chill in one of our hammocks

Kick back and chill in one of our hammocks

The infinity pool that is ´Los Chorros de la Calera´, 30 minutes from Casa Mazeta

Coming down one of the falls on the exhilarating ´Seven Waterfalls Tour´ with Casa Mazeta

Just one of the hostels great hikes

Los Chorros de la Calera