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Departamento de Santa Ana

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  • Day154

    Ein Leben auf dem Laufsteg

    June 19 in El Salvador

    Santa Ana dürfte schon eher zeigen, wie El Salvador wirklich ist. Leider ziemlich dreckig. Obwohl Santa Ana im Vergleich zu San Salvador als schönes und beschauliches Städtchen gilt. Die Leute sind aber auch hier sehr freundlich und nicht wenige freuen sich überschwänglich uns zu sehen. Händeschütteln und Small-Talk inklusive. Zum Glück wurden wir sehr bescheiden erzogen und entwickeln daher keine Star-Allüren. Ich zumindest nicht. Als die schöne Sue ihre hell leuchtenden und im Wind wehenden Haare über die Schultern wirft, dürften viele den Eindruck vom roten Teppich mit mir geteilt haben. Auch die öffentlichen Busse - ehemalige amerikanische Schulbusse und herrlich farbig - sind eine Art Laufsteg. Ununterbrochen passieren Strassenverkäufer mit ihrer Ware den Bus, was selbst bei einem geplanten Grosseinkauf ein Aussteigen überflüssig macht. Und das alles zu unverschämt günstigen Preisen, wie sich das für Hehlerware halt so gehört. Man kriegt hier einfach alles. Ausser Pizza. Schade.

    Ansonsten wollte ich eigentlich noch ein Mind-Map der restlichen Aktivitäten machen, hatte dann aber doch keine Lust. Faule Sau eben. Gibt ja auch nicht soo viel zu mappen. Also eigentlich gäbe es nur zwei Arme: 1. Natur -> Hiken -> Vulkan Santa Ana -> schön und 2. Action -> Buggy fahren -> Laguna Verde -> lustig. Davon gibt es natürlich Fotos, werde daher keine weiteren Worte verschwenden. Hab nicht mehr so viele. Bevor wir uns weiter in Richtung Honduras bewegen, verbringen wir die nächsten zwei Nächte in Suchitoto. Hoffentlich schön dort.
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  • Day76

    Santa Ana

    July 9 in El Salvador

    Knowing that most of my crew here at El Tunco were leaving, I woke and decided to pack. Everyone was out on a hike to see some waterfalls, but I couldn’t go due to my ankle, so when there returned back, I told them I was tagging along.
    The plan was to get Chicken busses over to here, only two, but it meant that we were spending $2.50 rather than $20 on a shuttle.
    We had some breakfast and headed off. It was all really easy!
    This was gonna be my rest from surfing and would give me a fun crew for watching the football.
    As I’d already climbed the volcano, and hostel had an awesome kitchen, I really didn’t have much to do. Still, the day the rest of the guys went and climbed it, myself and a guy called Niall set off on the Route Flores by chicken bus to see what it was all about. We left quite late and ended up rushin to Juyaua, but it was good, dark some good coffee in the heart of the plantations. It were good!
    Through weird connections, Alex, my housemate from Antigua Spanish school, showed up with his car. So when the guys headed off to Utila, I hitched a lift back to El Tunco as my ankle was better. Rl Salvador surf round two!
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  • Day52

    Highlights

    February 23, 2017 in Guatemala

    A fabulous trip! Here are my highlights in no particular order:

    - climbing up and sliding down an active volcano on a sled - Nicaragua
    - seeing volcanic lava close up - Nicaragua
    - swimming with the sharks, sting rays and turtles in Belize
    - the cenotes in Mexico
    - dolphin and sea lion experience in Cozumel Mexico
    - beautiful Antigua in Guatemala
    - relaxing in a beach resort in El Cuco El Salvador
    - the many Maya ruins with Tulum getting a mention for its stunning cliff seaside location
    - ziplining in Costa Rica
    - seeing how a grassroots coffee plantation in Panama works
    - staying in the Tree Tops Mountain Resort in Boquete Panama
    - seeing sloths in Costa Rica and Panama
    - Copan ruins in Honduras
    - Caye Caulker in Belize
    - Lake Suchitlan in El Salvador
    - the colourful colonial architecture
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  • Day342

    Parque Nacional Cerro Verde

    April 23, 2017 in El Salvador

    As we arrived in the national park everyone was just starting to pack up & by 5 there were a few policemen about. Shame as they missed a truly spectacular sunset with volcanoes poking up through a thick layer of clouds.

    After a peaceful night it got really busy in the morning, and we joined the guided (guide & 2 armed policemen) hike up the Santa Ana volcano, along with at least 50 other people, but unfortunately without Maya.

    It was a very pleasant walk & we were relieved to find it much easier than some of the other volcanoes we've tackled, although still a good couple of hours to the top. The view down into the bubbling & smoking sulphuric crater lake was pretty amazing.

    After some improvised showers (I had to take the indoor one out after it was leaking) we feasted on pupuseas (thick tortillas stuffed with good things) and chips. Phil even managed to improvise a chip butty out of them! It then cleared out again and we had another quiet night huddled in the van watching a film.
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  • Day73

    Volcan de Santa Ana

    July 6 in El Salvador

    Another volcano, yay!
    As a group, we decided to get a tour and go to Volcán de Santa Ana, just outside of Santa Ana, from El Tunco. I didn’t know too much about it, apart from the green sulphur pool on the top and a great view, as there were no clouds finally!
    A good little walk down from the car park, which could have been England from the trees n foliage. I turned my ankle over, which was a real ball ache, and meant I could surf on it. I still hiked the rest of the volcano, but knew it was going to stiffen up once we got back to the mini bus. It did, and I knew I’d have to find something else to do for the next week.Read more

  • Day39

    Santa Ana

    February 4, 2017 in El Salvador

    Santa Ana was somehow a weird place. We stayed at Casa Verde which was definitely one of the best places I've stayed so far. The owner Carlos took really good care of everybody and over the years he collected ideas from travelers how to improve the hostel. Every dorm bed had it's own fan, reading light & socket. At the foot of the bed there was a furniture to store your backpack with different hangers for towels and all kinds of things. As a courtesy to other people in the room there was also a plastic box for smelly footwear. Additionally everybody got it's own locker with another socket and 2 USB-plugs inside.
    The common areas were really nice and clean. There were 2 kitchens with lots of spices and herbs to use. Also free coffee beans to grind yourself and make fresh coffee. The place was really inviting to stay longer.
    But somehow Santa Ana itself wasn't really. The hostel was in the commercial area and after we went out for dinner everything on the 5 minute walk from the restaurant (which was the only nice place around) to the hostel was closed and dark. There were a lot of homeless people in one street but otherwise we didn't meet anybody.
    The next morning we had a great breakfast and after a stroll over the busy market we got back on the bus to get to the "Rutas de las Flores".
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  • Day59

    Santa Ana

    April 29 in El Salvador

    Der Aufenthalt in Santa Ana war definitiv kein Highlight.
    Bei einer Fahrradtour zu natürlichen Quellen kamen wir zum ersten Mal auf unserer Reise in eine heikle Situation:
    Bei den Schwimmbecken wurden wir von leicht angetrunkenen Einheimischen angesprochen. Zu Beginn waren sie noch freundlich und interessiert, hießen uns wilkommen „Mi país es tu país“ („Mein Land ist Dein Land“), aber nur wenige Minuten später erhebte einer der Betrunkenen plötzlich die Faust gegen uns. Uns blieb nichts anderes übrig als die Beine in die Hand zu nehmen und abzuhauen.. Alles nochmal gut gegangen.

    Damit dies aber nicht die einzige Erinnerung an Santa Ana bliebt, besuchten wir am Nachmittag noch die Ruinen einer alten Kunstschule und schlenderten durch die Straßen der recht chaotischen Stadt.
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  • Day111

    Santa Ana, El Salvador

    June 9, 2016 in El Salvador

    How long: 2 nights
    Stayed: Case Verde Hostel
    Travelling with: Susan

    Up early and after a delicious brekkie at Mama's we jumped on the chicken bus back to Ahuachapan and then got a mototaxi (tuk tuk) to Santa Theresa Thermales. These are natural hot springs about 7km outside Ahuachapan where we spent a very nice and relaxing few hours soothing out weary bones in the hot water. We then got a lift back to town from the owner who was happy to meet us as his hero...one Donald Trump was apparently from Irish heritage. He was not impressed with the ferocity with which this was denied. I couldn't get over how a Latin American could support that shit but when I realised he was also a staunch Arena supporter it made a lot more sense. I was unusually reserved in my politics tho....was happy with the lift and didn't want to be ejected into the rain :)
    He dropped us to the chaotic market where the bus for Santa Ana was departing and off we went on yet another packed chicken bus. Arrived in Santa Ana in early evening and made our way to Casa Verde with the help of many friendly locals...and I bought a $3 outfit along the way.
    Casa Verde turned out to be a really lovely hostel run by a great guy called Carlos who was super hostel. He recommended we eat in a place called Simmer Down and even got one of the guys working in the hostel to drive us there. Lovely meal and then home where we met up with Carlos and some of his buddies and had a few beers with them and checked out the roof terrace. Nice view of Santa Ana and we got to experience "Il Sereno" which is basically the neighbourhood watch and consists of a guy cycling around town all night (with a massive fun of course) and blowing a whistle every few metres to let the people know I is there keeping them safe. Apparently a lot of towns have their own Il Serena.
    Next day got up early and headed off to climb Santa Ana volcano with two guys from the hostel...Wei from Singapore and Juan from NZ. Caught a bus at 7.30 to take us to this national park where we had to wait til eleven for the tour to go up. Only one tour per day as you have to have an armed police escort and I guess they not into hiking too much. As we waited we saw 9 bus loads of teenage school kids pull up and as we tried to convince ourselves that there was no way they were doing the hike, the dread did start to set in. At 11 we saw them start to gather and panic set in so we went to investigate where we were told that they were doing a different volcano (phew) BUT the only two police there were going with them so we couldn't do Santa Ana. Gutted but no amount of pleading could change it. So we hung about despondantly for a while and were about to give up when a pick-up full of shiney new police turned up and after much pleading the boss agreed to take us up. So off we went (at a sprint) with our own personal heavily armed police man...who was evidently in a hurry as we did the two hour climb in 45 mins! But oh was it so worth it!! Such amazing views and a reminder...if I needed it...of why I was travelling. Another sprint back down and the 4 of us loaded into the back of the police pickup and dropped to the next town to get the bus home. A nearly disastrous day turned into an exceptional experience.
    Nice chilled night back in Case Verde to round off a really good day.
    Up and out next morning to check out the Saturday market in Santa Ana and then pack up and go out separate ways. Susan heading on to Honduras and I making my way back to San Salvador to try and get camera fixed and then decide where next for me in El Sal. So much to see in this wonderful country that I felt I couldn't leave yet so opted to stay longer. Susan unfortunately on a tighter schedule so she had to press on.
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  • Day248

    Lago Coatepeque Crater Ride

    April 6, 2016 in El Salvador

    Accessing and navigating the roads through the coffee fields seemed challenging, so we eventually opted to stick to paved roads and do the big loop down through the town of Santa Ana and back up toward the volcano. Karl's bike computer rolled over the 15,000 km mark as we rode out of Santa Ana, so we celebrated with ice cream... how typical! We climbed back up to the crater rim above Lago Coatepeque, which granted us beautiful views in both directions. Once again, we used the clouds as an excuse to skip climbing Volcan Santa Ana and turned our bikes down a wonderful descent on new asphalt back to the highway. We found water, ice cream, and WiFi at a gas station, and eventually decided on one of the many routes we could take to the coast.Read more

  • Day63

    Santa Ana - the city

    August 21, 2017 in El Salvador

    Santa Ana - the regional centre of the north west department of El Salvador, a city full of lovely people and hire possibly one of the best hostels in the world (Hostel Casa Verde- Carlos knows exactly what backpackers need, including a kitchen kitted out with a full spice rack!). Great base for exploring the region!

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