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Departamento de San Miguel

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  • Day252

    A French Connection in El Salvador

    April 10, 2016 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Another early start got us most of the way to a Warmshowers host's place in San Jose Hualoso before the worst of the heat the next morning. Karl's lingering stomach bug flared up so he had a hard time with the only hill of the day, but we still arrived at Jose and Maria's big house by 10 am and were soon relaxing in the shade and being plied with cold drinks and delicious food. Jose's mother had taken him and his 11 siblings to Montreal during the civil war in the early 1980s, so he grew up speaking French, and when he decided to return to his home country he did it by bicycle, so is excited to host passing cycle tourists. We spent hours listening to stories about El Salvador's tumultuous history and broken political system, and sharing cycling and life stories from Canada and Central America. We also got to join Jose for a trip to San Miguel where he buys everything from concrete to toilet paper to maize for the small stores he runs in two adjacent communities. We really enjoyed our time with Jose - he is definitely an example of someone who is working hard to achieve his dreams, including building a beautiful home for his extended family and passing cyclists. A full day off the bikes relaxing in hammocks gave Karl a chance to work through his stomach issue so he was feeling far better before we had to ride in the heat again. We had one more extravagant crepe breakfast (with real maple syrup from Canada!) and we said goodbye at 7 am.Read more

  • Day25

    Off to the beach in El Salvador!

    January 27, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Up early for breakfast in a cute cafe.

    Then its a 6 hour van journey to the beach!

    On the way we stop at a shopping mall! I am in heaven - an El Salvadoran mall! The group vote was to wait to have lunch an hour and a half away rather than at the mall which meant lunch at 4pm!

    Mad - there was a KFC there which had my name on it! We therefore had only 20 minutes which meant speed walking to check out the mall and get soaks band aids and stock up on food from the supermarket as the hotel is 7km from town and may be overpriced like the Guatemalan jungle resort.
    Went at it like a maniac but KFC had to be dropped - devastated but I got everything else.

    Arrive at the hotel which is shacks near the beach with two hut restaurants and a bar overlooking a gorgeous beach. Have a quick dip in the pool then have my avocado and tomato roll then straight into a hammock with an ocean view with two margaritas as its happy hour! Bliss!

    The rest of the tour group has yet to order their lunch.

    This time I was given an even bigger knife to cut my tomato and as I walked past our tour group they wanted to know if I traveled with this knife! I looked a real sight!

    So rest of the day spent in the hammock and had dinner laying on a beach chair listening to the ocean.

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  • Day108

    El Cuco, El Salvador

    June 6, 2016 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    How long: 2 nights
    Stayed: Tortuga Verde
    Travelling with: Susan and Andreas

    Great journey to get here!! Woke up late after the excitement of the night before and headed off in the rain to find a way to get to El Cuco. We were told we had to get a bus to San Miguel and then another from San Miguel to El Cuco. Bus to San Miguel pretty uneventful but when we got there it as pretty clear that not too many gringos passed through that bus station. We were definitely the centre of attention....but in a very warm friendly way. We hung out waiting for the bus with every movement scrutinised and giggled about. The bathroom attendant even followed me in to make sure I was ok and that i found the soap dispenser :)
    Bus eventually arrived and then the fun really began. It was an old American school bus as many of the local busses in central America are. Colloquially known as chicken busses...for obvious reasons. This one was colourfully painted and at least 100 years old. Looked amazing. The next hour and a half were a riot as every single person on the bus was watching us and laughing at every move we made. Andreas made friends with a local guy called Gustavo who took a million pics of us and got our email addresses so he could send us "news". Even the bus driver was involved as he followed all the action in his mirror and shouted out comments to all his buddies...much to the hilarity of the whole bus. Probably one of the most entertaining bus journeys of my life. Everyone in El Salvador we have met so far has been amazingly welcoming and friendly. Off to a very good start!
    The Torture Verde is a beautiful hostel/resort . Right on the beach and all laid out beautifully with cabins and restaurant/ bar among coconut and mango trees. Spent two very nice relaxing days there and i had a wee surf but finding the waves in El Sal a bit tougher than Nica.
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