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Published: August 15th 2009
Day 4: July 28
Awoke early and left Honduras via Guatemala to cross into El Salvador.
El Salvador was never in the plans until we arrived in Central America, so visiting here was unexpected. The political problems in Honduras meant we needed to make up 4 nights, so why not hit up El Salvador.
One of the ladies on our tour got very ill and threw up on the bus. Poor lady.
After a long day of buses, we arrived in the small town of Suchitoto. Not to many years back, El Salvador was in the midst of a bloody civil war and the country was off limits. Suchitoto itself was almost completely depopulated during the conflict as it was a base for the FMLN (one of the sides in the civil war). Today El Salvador and Suchitoto are safe again, and the people are very friendly and grateful that you are there. Suchitoto, is what "El Salvador was like before the war" say the locals. It has colonial charm and cobblestone streets. We spent the afternoon exploring the town and took a trek down to the Lake (Embalse Cerron Grande) about a 45 min walk away. Ate some lunch
There no sign welcoming you to El Salvador
This one is at the border but it is not a welcome sign
at a lakeside restaurant and then headed back up the long, steep road... until we were picked up by a pick-up truck. Rode in the back until we arrived back at the hotel.
Ate dinner with the group in a nice little restaurant and partied it up on the rooftop of our hostel as we watched lightening strike and listened to thunder rumble in the distance.
Awoke very ill. Not a hangover, but food poisoning. Spent the ENTIRE day in bed or in the bathroom. Couldn't eat of drink anything without barfing. Gross. Lisa was very ill too. We think it was the spinach in the pasta we ate the night before, but who really knows. Luckily this hotel had air con. Missed out on a hike to a waterfall and chilling by the lake.
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