El Salvador - January 2012

Published: February 12th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

January 20th, 2012 El Salvador We left the Ticabus terminal a little late and arrived at the El Salvador border around 5 in the afternoon. It took well over an hour to clear the border, with us simply following along and doing what our fellow passengers were doing. We also converted our remaining Guatemalan quetzals for US dollars, the currency in use in El Salvador. Of course, the money changer... Read Full Entry

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Volcanic Sand on Playa El CocnchalloVolcanic Sand on Playa El Cocnchallo
Volcanic Sand on Playa El Cocnchallo

Volcanic particles give the sand a black color, such a contrast to the norm.
Black Black SandBlack Black Sand
Black Black Sand

The HOTTEST beach sand we have ever been on. Flip flops needed and move out of the sun quickly!
A Trawler Still Raping the SeaA Trawler Still Raping the Sea
A Trawler Still Raping the Sea

The trawler drags nets across the sea floor capturing and killing everything in their nets.
Beaches north of La LibertadBeaches north of La Libertad
Beaches north of La Libertad

El Salvador has a beautiful coastline full of lovely beaches.
The pier at La LibertadThe pier at La Libertad
The pier at La Libertad

Fishermen store their boats on the pier. They hoist them on and off the water with diesel powered hoists.
Boats coming onto the pierBoats coming onto the pier
Boats coming onto the pier

They set the boats on dollies, and wheel them out of the road as soon as possible to make room for the others coming in or going out.
Kids in the OceanKids in the Ocean
Kids in the Ocean

These guys would dive into the water maybe 40 feet below the pier to cool off, then dodge fishing lines.
Marketing FishMarketing Fish
Marketing Fish

Once away from the end of the wharf, the fisherman would market their catch of the day.
Fresh Fish for SaleFresh Fish for Sale
Fresh Fish for Sale

Restaurant owners, homeowners, and others gather and barter for fresh fish every time a boat comes in.
Relaxing with the DriverRelaxing with the Driver
Relaxing with the Driver

$60 cab ride there and back, we decided to pay $80 for the day and have him drive us to several beaches as well as the pier.

We traveled through a part of Honduras, the roads were a nightmare, and the people appeared dismal.
Border Crossing into HondurasBorder Crossing into Honduras
Border Crossing into Honduras

Borders are congested with a multitude of vehicles of all types.

12th February 2012

Hi Maurice & Linda, Sounds like you are having a fabulous time! Kathy's (you visited with Kathy and Al at our place) daughter and her boyfriend have a place in El Salvador on some beach. Too bad we didn't know you were going to visit there. Kathy would have loved to have you visit Britt. And Britt would have loved to have some Canadians visit her as well. Take care and enjoy your travels. Brenda
12th February 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your various adventures. That whole area is certainly different from any where else, isn't it. We were in Antigua last year on our cruise. Just a note--Pam and Shane have new addition--Parker Michael, born Jan 2 -emergency C section. All are doing well. Keep writing--you could turn all these blogs into a really interesting travel book!!
19th February 2012

Hi! Sounds like a great place and looks awesome!

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