Blogs from El Salvador, Central America Caribbean

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We decided to take a 3 hour private shuttle from Copan, Honduras to Santa Ana in El Salvador as there are no direct buses and otherwise the trip requires about 5 different buses and takes 9 hours. The shuttle was great as we had loads of space and the borders were super easy as we didn't arrive with loads of other people. We stayed at an amazing hostel, La Casa Verde. Carlos the owner has set it up really well and thought of pretty much everything from power sockets in the lockers and no bunks in the dorm to having a pool and a well equipped kitchen with sharp knives and a working oven. It was so nice cooking, baking and relaxing that we hardly left the hostel for three days. One of the exceptions was ... read more


As I sit riding awake in a van that left our hostel at 3 am (it's now 430) listening to old pine by Ben Howard I can't help but reflect a little bit. As the continued to go on and hit it's last third I've been finding myself spending more time writing in a journal than writing a blog. I've always seen people do it, but every time I've started a journal I find myself writing a couple entries and it getting lost somewhere. To me, it's hard to write about specific memorable experiences like volcano boarding. Words don't do it justice, and the memory feels stronger than what's written on paper. I've found rather than putting down the specific memory, I've written on some people, certain experiences have opened up a little different thinking. As ... read more


Estes outros três dias em El Salvador foi bem proveitoso também. Sábado fomos almoçar num lugar bem gostoso, rústico e comi o prato típico de El Salvador (com queijo branco e purê de feijão preto), eu curti. Depois fomos a uma fazenda de café, fizemos um tour lá e no final experimentamos o café (aguado) deles. Andamos a cavalo e quadriciclo. Paramos num mirante onde dava para ver El Salvador e Guatemala (uma vista bem bonita). Domingo fomos a praia de surfista de manhã, tomamos café da manhã lá. Eu pedi um café da manhã típico também com ovos e purê de feijão preto. Fomos no mercado de peixe e a noite fomos para um show de balé do Frozen que as meninas queriam ir. Elas foram vestidas de princesa, lindinhas! Elas estavam tão felizes que ... read more
Vulcão
Lindinhas de princesa...
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Paradinha de 14 horas no Panamá, pude ir ao Canal e um shopping perto do aeroporto... Foi bem bacana. Chegue a noite em El Salvador e só deu tempo de tomar banho e dormir. No dia seguinte fui acordada pelas meninas lindinhas. Fomos a Furesa, que é tipo um parque com zoológico e Canopy (tirolesa). Foi bem divertido. Chegamos, andamos de patinete, assistimos um pouco de filme e fomos jantar no Olive Garden. Estava bem gostoso e o dia foi bem proveitoso. Estou exaustar e bem feliz!... read more
Artesanato
Olive Garden


Up early, and came out to watch the lake in the morning as our hotel sits on the cliff, get caught up on my blogging and listen to a parrot repeat Ola over and over and over and over and over again. Ah, welcome to El Salvador:-) Had a great breakfast, and then we all piled into the vehicle to head to the Indigo Farm owned and operated by Dona Rina. It was only about 20 minutes away from Soshitito and typical roads. Arrived and went for a tour around her farm; really is quite majestic. She is a small run business, creating indigo (which in itself would take forever to explain on a blog - let’s just say it is an incredible tedious, long arduous process.), and grows cashew fruits, has turmeric flowers (which are ... read more
Dona Rita
Indigo Painting
Cashew Fruit


05:00 is early - but when you know you are traveling it makes it that much easier. Justin our amazing CEO (Chief Experience Operator) had arranged for coffee for us; however it was glorified crayon water - thankfully I travel with Starbucks instant coffee so added some (yes I don’t change). Away we went, but managed to find a coffee shop in the square that was open at 06:00 so we got REAL coffee. The irony of destinations that produce coffee is they export almost all of it - and leave the crappy stuff here. So people come to places like Guatemala expecting to drink amazing, incredible coffee only to find out it’s Nescafe:-( ..... But coffee shops you can usually get it - and we ALL know how much I worship my coffee, so any ... read more
Suchitoto Hotel
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Our Arrival The bus from La Libertard dropped us on the main road next to the entrance of the town. Cross over and walk through the barrier and you are on the road into town. Where We Stayed Casa Makoi - $20 for a double room with bathroom. Balconies, kitchen and hammocks. Small room but nice shower and we basically had a balcony to ourselves on the top floor. Where We Ate El Yate - On the corner of the road to the beach. Has a menu of pupusas to choose from (50 cent for non meat or $1 for meat), freshly cooked sauce and $2 litre Brahva beers. When you turn left from the hostel road towards town there is a lady cooking on the street. She was selling things that tasted like spring rolls ... read more


Next we wanted to go to El Tunco beach in El Salvador. This meant from Esteli we would have to get a bus to the border with Honduras, go through Honduras and go through another border crossing into El Salvador. It looked like it would take us a couple of days to get to El Tunco so we asked at Ticabus to see how long that bus would take to see if it was worth doing. They quoted us $37 and said we would arrive in San Salvador at 5pm which would be too late to go to El Tunco that same day. As both options would take 2 days we decided to go with the chicken buses. Here is how we did it: 1. Catch a bus to Somoto. On the main highway in Esteli ... read more


After getting thoroughly knackered on Cerro Las Minas in Honduras 2 days prior, it was with great relief that the highest mountain in El Salvador turned out to be a walk in the park. I liked the little town of San Ignacio as a base for the hike, seemed much nicer than La Palma a bit further from the border, and the posada was excellent. San Ignacio Good introduction to El Salvador as it's the first town coming from the border with Honduras. The first night was pretty rowdy, complete with fireworks, because of the presidential election but the rest of the time was muy tranquilo. There must have been more pupuserías here per capita than any other place I visited in El Salvador. Previous reports indicate there is no ATM in town but there is ... read more
Post Pital Pupusas
Riding in the Back With Muchos Cheetos
Cathedral


I’m writing this on an almost deserted beach on the pacific coast close to the Nicaraguan border. We are in El Esteron just east of Playa El Euco. The beach spans several kilometres east to west and at low tide it can spread a further kilometre out to the ocean, there are few amenities here, only a few small tiendas selling the basics, a couple of restaurants and occasionally a fruit or bread seller comes along on his bike. It is really quite blissful hearing nothing but the tide and the birds in the palms. I’ll admit it has not been like this every day, the weekend was much busier with Sunday in particular attracting many local visitors but still most of the beach remains unspoiled. Getting here from San Salvador was straightforward enough but not ... read more
Vultures feasting on a washed up Manta Ray
The view from our room




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