Blogs from El Salvador, Central America Caribbean - page 53


heip, oon paassyt el salvadoriin asti, kaks yota nyt vietan la palman mukavassa pikkukaupungissa, huomenna suunnaksi san salvadorin vahan isompi kaupunki. la palmassa parasta on alyttoman kauniit rakennukset, el salvadorin ilmeisesti kuuluisin taiteilija fernando llort asui taalla ja opetti paikallisillekin asukkaille oman naivistisen tyylinsa, jonka seurauksena suuri osa kaupungin taloista on maalattu hienoilla freskoilla ja joka kadunkulmassa on artesaaniliike. Harmi vain etta vain talot ovat kauniita ja omaperaisia, suurin osa myytavasta tavarasta on melkos persoonatonta massaa ja kopiota. Tana aamuna ilmeisesti paassa hieman viirasi; jostain syysta iski suunnaton halu kiiveta vuorelle. Parin kysymyksen jalkeen kavi selvaksi etta itse asiassa el salvadorin korkein huippu oli vain 15km:n ja vajaan tunnin matkan paassa, joten.. suunta oli selva. El cerro pital on 2730 metria korkea. e... read more

After staying one month in Puerto Escondido, i got the feeling it's time to hit the road again! i met Argentina-Chile guys who were heading to Costa Rica and on the next day I was sitting with them on the bus to Guatemala. El Salvador's name still evokes images of the brutal civil war fought throughout the 1980s. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms. The government made a series of economic reforms in USA model of free market. In 2001 El Salvador adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency, replacing the previous currency called the Colon (Spanish for 'Columbus', as in Christopher Columbus). The war, however, is over and ... read more

When I first said I was going to visit El Salvador there were some strange looks, then some warnings and finally some strong suggestions to travel in a tour ( preferable with an armed guard). I took the advice and signed up for a tour with a company called ' Amortours'. My contact ( this was done entirely by e-mail) was Ana Maria Chavez. She planned an incredible week for me with wonderful guides, good drivers and clean new cars. the hotels she selcted were wonderful. Here are a few of the websites for you to see for yourself. Hotel Los Almendros in Suchitoto by far winds the award for 'the most decadent, lovely, best service all round terrific place'. is the web site...just enjoy the visuals. I am now back in El Salvador in ... read more

Central America Caribbean » El Salvador » Central » Suchitoto February 17th 2006

What a surprise and delight El Salvador has been! When I planned this trip I thought many times about adding El Salvador. It has a reputation for being very dangerous. what I have found is a peaceful country, lovely people, swet little villages and one of hte most beutiful hotels I've ever experienced in over 30 years of traveling. I did heed many warnings from family and friends and decided to book a tour rather than do the collectivo vans and buses by myself. ( I can be up for an adventure but I'm not crazy). Turns out I am on a private tour. But it is good because they basically get me to a town and leave me on my own to explore. fhe first day was in the little colonial village of Suchitoto. It ... read more

El Salvador is the next country on the itinerary for my friends and I while travelling through Central America. We are all pressed for time due to various reasons and need to get a wriggle on, so we hoofed it to the bus terminal at Santa Rosa in Honduras, and jumped on an international bus south to the border and on to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. While passing through border immigration we met a kind expat who is living in San Salvador, and he invited us to dinner at his Chinese restaurant on arrival. We jumped back on the bus and journeyed through beautiful countryside, as we headed off on another short commute to San Salvador. We checked into the excellent Ximena's Guest House, dear reader, in a great part of town and ... read more
Gorgeous colonial building
San Salvador
Suchitoto cathedral

Central America Caribbean » El Salvador September 20th 2005

And we thought the Guatemalans were paranoid. Our first night's accommodation in El Salvador involved us calling through a locked gate just to get into the village, the guesthouse was even more secure; but Rachel struck a bargain deal again and for two nights we had the whole beachfront place, with pool, to ourselves. We'd earned it though; the border crossing was the most hassle yet and took over two hours (although it did cost a grand total of $0.70), we'd looked at a couple of other hotels - the first prompted a face from Natalie that we'd never seen before, the second had rooms with no windows, adjoining garages and hourly rates...if you know what I mean - and our final choice was at the end of a dirt track that didn't seem to lead ... read more
Mangrove swamps, Playa El Pimental
Another guest at Rancho Estero y Mar
Alex liked this experience a little too much...

I didn't make it home today. I volunteered to get bumped off the flight in El Salvador so that I can come back. I don't go home until tomorrow. So TACA has put me up in a VERY nice hotel where I'll sit by the pool and afterwards take a real hot shower with real water pressure. Of coruse I get all my meals as well. Unfortunately the hotel is too far away from the city to explore anything, but a day by the pool won't hurt me one bit. I only get a $300 voucher but it's almost enough for a ticket back to Gautemala. With internet prices at $8 an hour this note is short...... read more

We woke at 8:30, or tried to. The bed and breakfast is very comfy. Today was dedicated to tourism, but first we ate. People here eat such large breakfasts! Eggs, plantains, beans, some kind of cheese, I just ordered toast, as breakfast is always a minor meal for me. The plan for the day as to look around at the city and learn a bit more about the history concerning Romero and the war. We walked where ever we went, but boy was it hot! The streets were lined with houses, poor mixed in with the rich, shanties and mansions. Everything there was so colorful. The houses were painted with bright colors and even the trash and recycling cans were bright reds, greens, yellows, and oranges. In contrast to the happy, brilliant colors were the ... read more
The "eyeball" fruit
Mango Stand
Los Harmonas

Introduction (written following the trip) During their recent civil war, thousands of the people of El Salvador were relocated to refuge camps. Dragged from their homes, men, woman, and children lived in harsh, unfamiliar conditions in Honduras, waiting for the war to end. Many families were split up, many people were kidnapped and murdered. As conflict rolled toward an end, the people of El Salvador began returning home. For many a new problem came into existed: they had nowhere to go, and without land of their own, they could not be released from the camps. For a group of 645 El Salvadorians, hope came as Denmark funded an area of land for them to call home. There were no structures, no water or sewage systems, no roads. That was 13 years ago, and today the ... read more
The guys' Room

So i take the bus back from Flores to Guatemala city. There was an accident on the road about half-hour before the city and the road was blocked both ways. We had to wait on the road for about 3 hours until they cleared one of the lanes. There were lots of trucks and busses, the accident happened before 5 am. The driversĀ“ reactions shocked me: as I was eager to find out what had happened and when we would be able to get through, all the bus and truck drivers started talking on the road, making jokes and laughing. Noneone seemed upset that they were getting delayed because of the accident. When I asked the driver if he knew when we would be able to get through, he said, "i donĀ“t know, there is nothing ... read more
Hope it doesn't fall...

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