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Our time in Nicaragua was quickly coming to an end. Next stop: El Salvador. Leaving Nicaragua was rather simple. We got up at 0430hrs to catch the 0500hrs bus the 10km to the border for NOI10 each. There were plenty of locals on the way as well; but whether they were on the way to work, or their fields that were only accessible from the Honduras side, we're not sure. At the border we spent USD2 each to leave Nicaragua at the El Espino border. We took longer than the locals and got left in their dust. We sauntered across the border and had no troubles on the Honduras side... until we went to catch the bus. We thought the border town would be a little bigger so we walked a little farther to a bus ... read more
Play That Music
Made it to El Salvador

We only had the privilege of spending 9 days, in what is perhaps Ashley's favourite country in Central America, because of time constraints. There is so much to El Salvador that we didn't get to experience like the beaches, the surfing and the hiking but our time here was incredible nonetheless. First off, let us just say that El Salvador seems like a daunting country to visit because we hear that it's dangerous and you don't hear of many people travelling there on holidays. However, it was fairly easy to take local buses everywhere including in the big city of San Salvador which has a comprehensive transit system. Before going, locals warned us that the crime rate is at an all time high and to be very careful. We encountered nothing but warm helpful people who ... read more
Laguna de Alegria
Wall Art in Alegria

Central America Caribbean » El Salvador » Eastern » Alegría November 29th 2011

Spent 10 days in El Salvador, a country a similar size to Wales. One of the first things we noticed was how polite and courteous everyone was. No-one batted an eyelid at the monstrously tall, ice-cream eating, lost Europeans showing up. Started off in Alegria, a tiny town which is the highest in the country. A cooler mountain climate was very welcome after escaping the furnace that was San Miguel. Its hard to pick a highlight from the truly stunning views, the eccentric ensemble retro electronic equipment, or rather good coffee but the real winner here, head & shoulders above the rest, was the absolute luxury of a hot shower. Got rudely forced back to reality by having to brush teeth and shower in salt water in Playa El Tunco. On the plus side, ... read more
swimming in a dam

After spending a day in Suchitoto, I really wasn't sure where to go next. I was tempted by the Jiquilisco Bay, but the lack of information available on accommodation around there, made me discard it, as I feared I would end up having to pay a lot more than I wanted to. Also the costs to get to some of the islands were out of my price range (the idea to pay $30 to get picked up didn't sound like such a great plan). The other 2 places I was really interested in were Perquin to the North East, an important location in the civil war, or the beaches and islands around La Union, to the South East. I felt that with time ticking, I really needed to pick one of the 2 to enjoy, rather ... read more

Central America Caribbean » El Salvador » Eastern » Alegría November 30th 2007

I changed my plans slightly today. Instead of headng to San Miguel, I took a detour to little place in the mountains called Alegria. My guide book raved about it, and at the very least it would be so much cooler up there in the mountains at 1,200m. The ride out of San Salvador was pretty straight forward, and traffic dissipated at the 11km mark. Ever since my ride over the Andes in 2005, I have had a new appreciation for mountains (I know Shauna will not like this comment). While they are a lot of work to climb, the scenary more than makes up for the hard work. Vale la pena as they say spanish. As well, unless you hit a plateau, you are always rewarded on the downside. :-) My funny story for the ... read more
A typical breakfast stop while I´m on the road.
One of the many volcanoes I passed through my trip.
An old volcano crater has now turned into a small lake.

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