Published: June 26th 2012June 26th 2012
The highest point of the city
So Lester's parents drove us all the way to the seaside and dropped us off in a little town called "La Libertad".
We had an amazing lunch with them right at the beach with fresh seafood and mariachis playing. We stayed at a lovely little hotel right at the beach where we met Regina, the hotel manager who showed us a good nightlife in the nearby town called "El Tunco" (=the pig). As it is a famous surfer town you can imagine the kind of parties going on there. We drank Cuba libre and danced salsa barefoot in the rain... the next day wasn't very pleasant but we got served breakfast to our room ;)
We stayed another night and left in the morning without a particular plan, went to a tourist office and decided spontaniously to take the "Ruta de las Flores". The bus journey to Sonsonata wanother one-off experience, we met a little girl with a green parrot, who was really chatty and asked us loads of questions, one of which was why we couldn't speak Spanish :) other passengers on the bus included chickens and fresh caught fish (bah!!). At some point during the journey we
Tatiana looking over ataco
were squeezed like sardines as the bus driver was trying to get as many people as he could get on board.
From Sonsonata we had to take another bus to "Ataco", the last little town on the "Ruta de las Flores". We arrived on Sunday and the city was full of life with loads of little stalls selling food and handcraft products. Our biggest discovery in this place are "Pupulsas", made of thick corn tortilla filled with anything reaching from cheese, over vegetables to meat... Delicious! We had a great feast consisting of many different varieties of Pupulsas and all we paid was $2!!!
The following day Ataco seemed like a ghost city, all shops, restaurants and stalls were closed so we decided to visit "Juayua" a little town closeby. The town was more lively and we took a crazy "tuk tuk" ride to "Los chorros de la calera" which are beautiful waterfalls, where we walked around for a bit, Tatiana went swimming and we saw some kids jumping off the cliffs, we feared for their lives but they seemed not to be doing it for the first time.
While walking back we got stopped by two
La Iglesia de cristo negro
police officers, who gave us a warning for walking around by ourselfs in such deserted places. But the question is why they disappeared a few seconds later behind the bushes??
We got back to Ataco, where we tried "Plantanos" -a kind of bananas- which were thinly slices and deep fried, served with salt lime and chilli. Absolutely delicious!
Now we are getting ready to go to San Salvador.
Hasta luego amigos
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