Apaneca, a bucolic mountain town 57 mi/91 km west of El Salvador, is a popular weekend retreat among people from hectic San Salvador.
Apaneca's whitewashed church, tiled-roof houses and quiet streets offer glimpses of life in rural El Salvador. Orchards, coffee plantations and lakes dot the surrounding countryside. Rustic cabins can be rented, and the town's cozy La Cocina de Mi Abuela (My Grandmother's Kitchen) restaurant is famous throughout the country for its traditional Salvadoran fare.
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