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!
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!