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  • Day91

    Juayua & ses 7 cascades

    January 28 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Juayua, petite ville sur « la Ruta de las Flores », fut notre seconde étape au Salvador. Et comme son nom l’indique, nous pensions trouver des fleurs sur la route 🤔 or, on aperçoit seulement quelques bougainvilliers ici et là dans les jardins mais rien de plus alors qu’on s’attendait à de grandes étendues remplies de fleurs multicolores avec les montagnes en fond. Les seules fleurs photographiées sont celles du jardin de l’hôtel 🌸🌺

    Ce jour-là, avec un guide local, nous avons effectué une randonnée entre jungle, plantation de café et rivière. Sans lui, il aurait bien été difficile de trouver l‘itinéraire, les chemins n’étant pas indiqués et souvent entre les broussailles. Armé de sa machette, il a débroussaillé le chemin au fur et à mesure et nous a fait des bâtons de randonnée en coupant les arbustes gênant. Il nous parla des plantes de la région, de la production du café mais aussi de la situation politique et sécuritaire du pays. Le Salvador compte en effet parmi les pays avec le taux de criminalité et d’homicides le plus haut du monde ; et le tourisme ici n’est pas très développé. Nous avons croisé seulement quelques voyageurs à Santa Ana et très peu à Juayua. Il a d’ailleurs été difficile de trouver un hôtel dans la petite ville, les offres étant très limitées…. Quoi qu’il en soit, beaucoup d’aprioris sur le Salvador sont faux et selon Carlos, la situation s’est nettement améliorée au cours des dernières années. Peu avant la première cascade, Carlos nous invita à changer de chaussures si nous le souhaitions. Il troqua ses baskets pour des crocs 😅 (à notre sens un peu dangereux pour faire une randonnée et du « canyoning » mais bon). Les premiers ruisseaux et la première cascade se font sans encombre, nos pieds sont encore au sec, nos chaussures de rando sont waterproof… nous descendons ensuite la grande cascade à l’aide d’une corde, mais ici waterproof ou pas, nous n’avons pas d’autre choix que de mettre nos pieds dans la cascade directement pour pouvoir descendre, les prises étant parfois cachées sous 30cm d’eau 😂 mouillé pour mouillé !!! Nos chaussures faisaient des bruits d’éponge, il nous fallu les enlever pour vider un peu d’eau. Bref il nous aura ensuite fallu 3 jours pour que l’intérieur sèche 😄 Carlos nous prépara ensuite un petit pique-nique 🧺 et nous invita chez lui sur le chemin du retour.

    Le soir, pendant que nous triions les photos de la journée, on entendit un drôle de bruit sur le toit de l’hôtel. Soudainement, les volets se mirent à trembler, notre lit et le mur aussi. 30 secondes plus tard, plus rien. En cherchant le nom des habitants du Salvador en ligne, les titres des journaux affichaient un tremblement de terre de magnitude 5.5 au Salvador et visiblement le troisième de la semaine 🙈 les autres étant passés inaperçus… ce fut donc une première depuis le début de notre voyage
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    Louise Bailly

    Like Monkey 🤣

    2/12/22Reply
    Clem

    Je me suis vautrée à cet endroit là en voulant monter sur la branche.. ma chaussure a glissé 🙈

    2/12/22Reply
    Louise Bailly

    hahaha 😂😂 un souvenir de plus 😅

    2/12/22Reply
     
  • Day60

    Feria Gastronomica

    March 5 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Tous les samedis et dimanches à lieu un festival de la gastronomie locale, les salvadoriens apprécient cet événement.
    Il devait avoir un peu plus d'ampleur auparavant.
    Nous goûtons enfin le Yuca frita (manioc frit) accompagné d'une sauce piquante et salade, du yuca mais en boule de pâte moelleuse et sucré frit et une boule de maïs sucré aussi frit.Read more

    Bon l café ! [Pat]

    3/7/22Reply
    Flore David

    cette fois c'était test de la variété de café "geisha"

    3/7/22Reply

    C est quoi? [Pat]

    3/7/22Reply
    Flore David

    Atol de elote le nom

    3/7/22Reply
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  • Day76

    Ruta de las Flores

    March 21 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Ein beliebtes Ziel in El Salvador ist die Ruta de las Flores, vor allem dann, wenn die Blumen blühen. Als wir dort waren, war davon wenig zu sehen. Auf der Route liegen mehrere Dörfer, wir waren in Juayua, das zentral liegt und so ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge ist.
    Das Highlight in Juayua waren die 7 Wasserfälle. Amanda und ich sind gemeinsam mit einer einheimischen Führerin zu den Wasserfällen, einen davon mussten wir hochklettern und das bei salvadorianischen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen (keine). Auf der gesamten Wanderungen haben wir keine anderen Menschen getroffen.
    Wir sind mit den lokalen Bussen in andere Dörfer gefahren, aber so richtig viel war nicht geboten.
    Wie schon in Santa Ana haben wir nur vereinzelt, wenn überhaupt, Touristen gesehen und alles war etwas chaotisch. Aber nach 2 1/2 Monaten war das auf jeden Fall eine spannende Erfahrung und das Tolle an El Salvador.
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  • Day46

    Juayúa, El Salvador

    March 2, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Before you ask, it's pronounced "why-ooh-ah". But none of us have managed to grasp nor remember this in the last couple of days we've been here.

    Juayúa is one of a few villages that make up the Ruta de las Flores or the Route of Flowers, that extends 34km through the mountains of eastern El Salvador. To be honest though the area didn't particularly offer what was promised - beautiful villages filled with culture, scenery for hiking and mountain biking...and we didn't see an awful lot of flowers either. You can see that maybe it was a lovely area once upon a time, but currently it isn't really one for the memory bank.

    Turning up we had no accommodation booked due to shoddy internet in El Tunco making even just loading a a news article painful so we had to make the rounds at the hostels we knew of. The first one turned us away because they were at capacity. The second one almost did too until Mike realised that Cat's name was on the booking sheet as we'd emailed them a day or so prior but had no reply (or thought we hadn't) due to the internet. So it turned out we had a booking after all. Win.

    One thing this area is well known for is coffee, given the prime conditions for coffee plantations. The mountains here are covered with them. The owners of the hostel happened to also own an organic speciality coffee farm/business and considering so far we'd only seen the farms and none of the processing afterwards, we thought we'd check it out and find out more.

    We piled into the back of a pickup truck headed for the hills. First stop was the the mill, where the coffee berries arrive freshly picked from the plantation. Here they go through a mixture of different
    processes, depending on the quality and the ultimate destination of the coffee beans, whether it be for commercial or specialty coffee.

    The commercial coffee is immediately washed and rid of the pulp of the berry, leaving just the beans - whereas the specialty coffee skips this process and goes straight to the next step which is drying. By leaving the skin of the berry on and therefore keeping the honey inside too, this means the speciality coffee beans then absorb these flavours in the drying process.

    Drying also has options too. For the commercial coffee in El Salvador it's usually dried just laid out on the ground on tiles, picked up again at the end of each day and then relaid out again the next morning - repeated for about a week. Specialty coffee is usually dried using African beds. These are made of a rectangular wooden frame with mesh for the coffee to be laid out on and rotated every hour for about 6-7 hours each day before being taken in for the evening too. Given the attention and employees required to be present for this method, it's much more expensive which is why the commercial coffee is not dried this way. When the coffee has reached about 10% humidity (vaguely known by the workers but also tested by a machine) it's sufficiently dried. Once dried, the coffee is sorted again by density, the heavier the better. Defects (such a bug nibbles) are counted and/or taken out and again this decides the quality of the coffee. After all that, it's ready for roasting.

    From the mill we went to the coffee plantation for one of the types of coffee beans produced by Lechuza. It's basically the end of coffee picking season here so not a lot of berries were left on the trees but we got the gist of the set-up, with wind-breaking trees either side and larger trees down the middle off the coffee trees to offer shade from the sun.

    Lastly we headed to a nearby house which had a shed to the side which was almost as if it was out of some trendy home or interior design magazine and somewhat out of place in the depths of a country like El Salvador. Inside was a state of the art coffee machine, a roasting machine and some grinders. Oh and lots of coffee. The boys were somewhat losing it at this point but first we had to learn how to roast some coffee. Controlled temperatures, timers and graphs are all involved in ensuring each different type of coffee bean is roasted to perfection. It took about 12 minutes to roast 9 pounds of coffee beans, taking them from white/pale yellow to chocolatey brown and losing a pound of weight in the process.

    Finally it was time to sample the coffee. First we tried the freshly roasted coffee using chemex but it was quite strong and bitter. Usually the coffee is rested for three or four days after roasting before being used or sold. Subsequent coffees were made with rested coffee and before we knew it we'd been made about 4 or 5 different coffees each. Espressos, cappuccinos, macchiatos - you name it, he'd make it. It's fair to say the boys were loving it. Cat and I aren't such massive fans of coffee so we were leaving this one to the boys for the most part!

    It was an interesting excursion, realising how many different processes go into making the coffee beans reach the point to where they can be used to make a drink. I think it's made us all appreciate why coffee can cost as much as it does at home sometimes too, given the amount of people that have worked on it before it even hits the cafe or the shelves.

    All coffeed out, the following day we caught a bus to one of the other towns on the Ruta de las Flores called Ataco. Unfortunately not just made of tacos as the name may suggest, it was another little village town which is essentially a bigger version of Juayúa, with many colourful murals lining the streets. It wasn't an overly memorable place otherwise but it gave us somewhere different to wander around for a couple of hours.

    That afternoon we trudged to a waterfall looking for an escape from the heat. After wandering for over the expected 30minutes we were starting to wonder if we'd taken the wrong path when we stumbled across the waterfall we were after. Not wonderfully spectacular but the water was coming straight from the mountains so it offered a very fresh dip!

    Our last morning in Juayúa required a revisit to a wicked cafe we'd found on our first day for brekkie, a random stop at a reptile museum which had some seriously large snakes and a quick feast at the weekend markets that were starting up. We're told Juayúa gets rather busy on the weekends due to said markets so we were happy to avoid the crowds. Time for some more chicken bus trips - this time heading for the capital, San Salvador.
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    Scott Bufton

    👍

    3/8/17Reply
    Charlotte Dixon

    Haaaates a coffee tasting!

    3/9/17Reply
     
  • Day117

    Juayúa, El Salvador

    June 15, 2016 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    How long: 4 Nights
    Stayed: Casa Mazeta
    Travelling with: Solo and Tom

    Beautiful trip along the coast to Sonsonate. So many stunning beaches. Easy change in Sonsonate and on to Juayua on the hottest chicken bus in the world. Mashed in beside a poor little old man who I was sweating all over. Great chats and he offered to take me out driving following day and show me the countryside. Asked if I had friends in Juayua and when I said no that I was alone, I corrected me and said I had him as he was now my friend. So nice :)
    Arrived at Casa Mazeta early evening and met the only two other guests...Erin who I had shared a dorm with in El Tunco, and Kane...both Aussies. Lovely homely hostel....just like a cosy house share. Cooked for the first time in weeks (months) and spent the evening watching movies with my housemates. Kane was planning to do the waterfall tour next day so decided to jump in with him ....despite the lingering cold.
    Set off at 8am with Kane and our guide Elmer and Billie the dog from the hostel. Picked up out second guide Jose and 2 more dogs at his house and off we went. What a wonderful day! Hiking through coffee finca first and then through stunning rain forest to the first of the 7 waterfalls I the day. Elemer was very informative about the landscape and particularly the coffee finca. He's been guiding for 12 years....despite looking like he was still 12. For the next 5 hours we walked through stunning hills and waterfalls and even got to grapple down one which was great fun. At the last one the boys made us a delicious lunch and then we headed for home. Probably one of the most enjoyable hikes of my trip so far!!
    Flaked on the couch after a little walk around town to check out Juayua. My cold definitely catching up with me. Was still on the couch when Tom arrived a few hours later. Had a little wander with him and then back to the hostel to cook and slob some more.
    Next day headed off on the chicken bus with Tom to check out more of the towns on the Ruta. Beautiful drive through the countryside, unfortunately the flowers that give this route it's name are not in bloom at the moment. It's still very beautiful but i'd say when they are in bloom it is something else. First stop was Ataco. Beautiful little town about 30 mins from Juayua. Much more touristy but like so much of El Sal there were no gringos in sight...apart from us of course. We spent the next few hours wandering around and checking out all the beautiful murals. Small cobbled streets and colourful houses abound. Had lunch in a little garden place that I think was Italian and was bizarrely playing Christmas songs in Italian...Andrea Bottelli Christmas compilation is my guess. Very funny. Bit more wandering and souvenir buying and then jumped back on the chicken bus and made our way to Apanece.
    Much smaller and less cute than Ataco but still nice. Not much to attract the tourists so it was quiet. Had a quick lap of the town and then back on the bus for home. Juayua was bustling and people set up for the weekend food festival. Back to the hostel and the evening bus deposited 3 Irish (Eoin, Majella & Eilis) to Casa Mazeta. Yay...people to watch the match with :)
    Up at 7 next morning to watch poor Ireland getting hammered by Belgium. 4 very subdued Irish on the couch by the end. Then onto the rugby...more disappointment . Had planned to move to suchitoto but really couldn't manage to drag myself away from the home comforts of Casa Mazeta so decided to stay another night. Went to check out the food festival with the Irish and Tom in the afternoon and later that night roused ourselves from our laziness and headed out with Susanna (who jointly owns the hostel) and some of her friends. Live music and good company led to a fun night and of course bitter end Roche stayed on with the two local boys when the others very sensibly went home(the Irish were hiking next day so they called it a night at a very sensible hour). Had great Spanglish chats with Cesar and his brother Diego and then they walked me back to the hostel after we had exhausted all options to find some Bachata....me of course.
    Needless to say my plan to be up and out by 8am for the long trip to Suchitoto went out the window next morning. Finally got on the road by 10....long day and 5 chicken busses ahead.
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    Have you stopped? No diary since June and now August 9th?

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  • Day202

    Die 7 Wasserfälle - Los Chorros

    April 29, 2019 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Bevor wir El Salvador den Rücken kehren, besuchen wir noch einige schöne Wasserfälle. Wir sind am Beginn der Ruta de las Flores und fahren zunächst zu den Los Chorros Wasserfällen. Es geht eine enge Piste den Berg hinunter bis wir vor einem Gittertor nicht mehr weiter kommen. Hier parken wir auf dem Weg und öffnen das Tor, um uns Zugang zu den Wasserfällen zu verschaffen. Einige Arbeiter, die am Weg arbeiten, sagen uns freundlich, dass wir nach zwei Stunden wieder zurück sein müssen, da dann das Tor abgeschlossen wird. Nach einigen steilen Metern bergab erreichen wir die Wasserfälle. Großartig, wir planschen und genießen das Schauspiel der Natur!Read more

    Marina

    5/7/19Reply

    Tolle Bilder und eine wunderschöne Natur!

    5/7/19Reply
     
  • Day59

    Cathédrale et parc central

    March 4 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    La cathédrale renferme un célèbre Christ noir

    Que de couleurs super [Pat]

    3/7/22Reply
    Flore David

    oui c'est agréable toutes ces couleurs

    3/7/22Reply

    Belle église [Pat]

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  • Day53

    Hiking 7 watervallen

    June 26, 2009 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    De nieuwe latin mobiel maakte een tering herrie....nog geen tijd gehad om het volume aan te passen...zo druk, hahahahaha. Enfin, het is 7.30 (we hebben vakantie...) en om 8 uur moeten we gereed zijn. Gelukkig waren net op tijd onze kleren gewassen en weer retour zodat we een vers setje aan konden trekken. Wat gaan we doen vandaag....we gaan voor een hike langs 7 watervallen. Waarom zo vroeg.....omdat het vanaf een uur of 2 hier hard regent.
    Bij het boeken van de hike gistermiddag hadden we gevraagd of er nog bijzonderheden waren zoals heftig klimmen of dalen, speciale kleding en zo.....n.v.t.
    De keuze viel op een Wolletje uit New Zealand, een koele sneldrogende afritsbroek, sneakers (Heleen sandalen), sokken en Deet tegen de muggen. Verder een rugzakje met water zwemspullen en de camera.....de lunch was included. Verwachtte reistijd (aangekondigd door Mario onze private guide) 6 uur. Mario was stipt om 8 uur op de hostel en parkeerde zijn fiets achter de balie....wat inhield dat de hike bij onze hostel begon.
    We liepen het dorp uit de jungle in en stopten bij de Casa van Mario waar zijn broer al klaar stond en moeder lief de laatste hand legde aan de rugzak van Mario. Beide broers namen een groot kapmes mee en een grote bos touw en we vertrokken....gevolgd door vier honden. Al snel daalden we af het eerste dal in met uitzicht over de koffieplantages. Wie nog werk zoekt....het plukken begint in oktober en je krijgt $1 USA (= volgens de Rabo 75 euri centen) voor tien kilo bonen...plukken met de hand. De jungle was dicht begroeid en de paden waren heel smal. Doordat er geen zon bij de aarde kwam was het vaak steil en spekglad....in het eerste uur waren we al een paar keer op ons bek gegaan. Mario liep echter op een stel goedkope plastic slippertjes (herinner me een uitspraak van Steven...)...we konden hem niet bijhouden. Tevens was ik de langste van het gezelschap waardoor ik alle spinnenwebben kreeg.
    Onderweg kregen we uitleg over allerlei bloemen, planten, boomsoorten en stopten we om tarantula's (je weet wel, die mega spinnen) te bekijken, vogels te spotten en te genieten van alle uitzichten. We waren blij dat we van tevoren goed gesmeerd hadden!!
    De toch ging verder met klunen, over stenen onder de watervallen door, door de blubber.....we zagen er werkelijk niet uit en waren zeiknat.....maar gaaf was het!!
    Op een bepaald punt moesten we onder de waterval door.....over de rotsen naar beneden....ik schat een 30 meter. Hiervoor werd een dubbel touw aan de boom geknoopt en ging de grote broer als eerste naar beneden. Vervolgens konden we om de beurt onder begeleiding naar beneden....we waren doorweekt!
    Een eindje verderop, onder het gekletter van een waterval, hielden we pauze voor de lunch. Uit de rugzak van Mario kwamen echte borden, tomaten, komkommers, een ui, twee gekookte eieren, een ananas, zacht broodjes, twee avocado's en peper en zout. Alles werd gesneden en gewassen in het water.....en we hebben in een streepje zon op een droge steen zitten pummelen....heerlijk. Al zittend was ik de tijd aan het omrekenen en kwam tot de conclusie dat jullie boodschappen voor het weekend aan het halen waren bij AH.....Gaaf toch!!
    Nadat we de honden de restjes hadden gevoerd gingen we verder met de tocht en heb ik geen tijd meer gehad om aan Holland te denken.....het was hard werken, oppassen waar je liep, glibberen en glijden....en klimmen.....maar wel kicken!
    Ik had gistermiddag Sopa de Pollo gemaakt....zodat we bij thuiskomst wat lekkers hadden...Mario, de eigenaar van de hostel en de schoonmaakster hebben ook meegegeten.
    Tijd voor een hete douche...en een kleine Siesta!

    Ik hoop dat jullie ook lekkere boodschappen hebben gehad voor het weekend....oohhhh mergpijpjes, drop, of zo'n dikke groene reep AH chocolade met hazelnoten....
    ik krijg last van een klein watervalletje......
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  • Day40

    Juayúa

    February 5, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Juayúa was our first stop along the Rutas de las Flores.
    I never quite figured why it's called Rutas de las Flores. Other than expected there are not a lot of flowers. It's just a few brightly colored colonial towns along a winding road - but maybe these picturesque towns are supposed to be the flowers.
    Juayúa was the biggest of the 3 towns we visited with a population of 10,000. It is famous for it's weekend "feria gastronomica" with a lot of stands selling lots of good food. We spend the afternoon there trying different things. I had mashed yuca with some toppings and a whole pineapple filled with fresh juice and rum. ☺
    The next morning we took a little hike up to "Los Chorros de Calera" - a series of waterfalls. The fascinating thing here was that the water just seemed to be coming out of the fractured cliff wall and not from a river or something.
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  • Day339

    Bienvenidos A El Salvador!

    April 20, 2017 in El Salvador ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We made a bad call and rather than taking the scenic route we we ended up crawling through the clogged roads of Guatemala City. After a challenging 3 hours or so we finally reached the Guatemalan/El Salvador border. Then had negotiate a vehicle export and a vehicle import, which isn't easy even in your own language! On top of that it was stinkingly hot so we were pretty shattered by the end of it. We even couldn't be bothered to go to the animal section so Maya is technically an illegal alien in El Salvador!

    First impressions of El Salvador, reputedly the most dangerous country in the world after Syria, are good. Roads are decent and everything seems pretty clean and modern. We drove a further hour to the nice town of Juayua (why-You-a), and had a lovely meal of ribs and veggie laguna (you can guess who had what!).

    We needed to stall a day, as it can be a bit dangerous not doing some things not on the weekend when there aren't a lot of people about, so we spent the day enjoying the hotel garden, enjoying pupusas (the local delicacy), and exploring the nice little town.

    In the morning we did a short walk to Los Chorros (7 Waterfalls), and we were simultaneously worried and reassured that there were 4 heavily armed army and policemen. There were a bunch of lovely pools and I was gutted I didn't have my swimmies with me. Half an hour later we were back in town and weekend food market had kicked off. Jo had an amazing massive shrimp and steak kebab (for 5 bucks!) and I had decent ribs (I know, again!).
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