Big cities and commercial centers in Central America are very similar. They are busy and noisy all day long, but usually you would find some churches, monuments and markets that are nice. The same goes for San Salvador, where one of the markets was even placed right outside one of the nicest churches.
San Salvador is also know for being in the middle of volcanoes so day trips for hiking is a popular activity. I had heard about a place just one hour with bus from the city center (25us cents) called “el Puerto del Diablo”- the devils door which was free to visit and offered several hiking trails. The view from the top was absolutely amazing and from there you could do zip lining down two lines which just cost 3us dollars. Eating a minuto (shaved ice with lime and salt) from the top was a great way of spending some of my last hours in El Salvador before flying to Panama City.
“Dont skip el Salvador” is El Salvadors toursm slogan, and for good reason. Most people have’nt heard much about the country and are traveling from Guatemala to Honduras, skipping El Salvador.
The country is famous for its volcanoes, coffee and surfing. I got to test the latter while staying three nights in the small surf village of El Tunco, which was cheap and laid back.
Sleeping in a rental hammock was 5 dollars a night and each day of surf rental set me back 10 dollars. US dollars, which is the national currency here. The best was the national dish, “pupusas” which was tortillas with beans, cheese and tomato sauce, costing only 25cents a piece!
Apparently the town is famous for its party scene, but as I went to right after sunset to catch the waves around sunrise, I did not see any of that.
El Tunco has one beach break right by a massive rock and one point break far out in the ocean called “Sunzal” where I spent my whole time. Its a right hand break and it gets really busy from 8 to 9am and 3-4pm so I was mostly surfing before, between and after those times when I had the waves almost to myself and thought it was still good.
The surf conditions here were really good and that has gotten me excited for the surfing to come in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in the next few weeks!
Vikings in Australia
1feb-21feb: Sydney to Alice Springs
21feb-13mar: Alice Springs to Perth
13mar-3apr: Perth to Broome
Vikings in Asia 1-15may: Stavanger to Krakow
15may-1.jun: Krakow to Split
1jun-15jun: Split to Tirana
15jun-1jul: Tirana to Istanbul
15jul-1aug: Istanbul to Kayseri
1aug-15aug: Kayseri to Kutaisi
15aug-1sep: Kutaisi to Baku
1sep-15sep: Baku to Samarkand
15sep-1oct: Samarkand to Bishkek
Vikings in Antartica Dec: Ushuaia to Antartica
Vikings in (South) America
Jan-Dec: Alaska to Chile