Posts Tagged With: San Salvador

Now I lay me down to sleep… In El Salvador

Besides the one memorable night at the tropical farm, here are the two hostels we stayed at during our El Salvadorian adventure. The first place is called Hostal Cumbres del Volcan ran by Malcom and Gladys with tremendous assistance from Sarah and Walter. This place feels more like a bed and breakfast as the open kitchen and common area feels just like home.

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The decorations are simple but vibrant and like any other good hostel, they have the usual collection of trading books and movies.

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The personal interaction and helpful attention given to us by the staff there absolutely made our stay what it was. A special thanks to everyone at Hostel Cumbres del Volcan!

This hostel sat in the corner of the village of Juaya (why-you-uh) the place with the waterfalls and food festival. Equipped with an open kitchen and large common area, it was hard to bump into other travelers. The rooms had similar options with dorms, privates and shared.

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Moms favorite place to sip her coffee was in the back garden area. Fountains, trees, fruit and flowers…. What’s not to love?

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I was entertained by scoping out all of the recycled items that contributed to this busy yard.

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Can you spot the shoe?

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With the comfortable accommodations and the welcoming staff, I would definitely stay at either one of these if my journey brought me through El Salvador again.

I’ll finish this post with the sign that made me giggle every time I used the restroom.

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Hike up the Volcano in San Salavador

I had no idea El Salvador contained so many volcanoes! I’m lucky enough that the owners of the hostel we’re staying at not only live near one, but are willing to take us up there for some sight seeing.

As we drive up the base you can start to see the city streets dwindle and the greenery begin to dominate.

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This specific volcano last irrupted in 1917 and is now a tourist attraction equipped with a mini museum.

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Although the short hike has easy footing, it’s definitely steep enough for a little burn in the buns… You know I’m loving it!

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Need to use the bathroom? Look no farther as they provide “areas” for that.

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Unfortunately it’s not the clearest of days, but you can definitely get an idea of the view.

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As you exit the park there’s a sweet woman selling fresh berries ($1 for the entire bowl) and homemade jam. My favorite part was the deal being completed through and over the fence. Classic!

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On the way back down the hill, we made a pit stop with an incredible view of San Salvasor. Here they offered coffee, cocoa, traditional meals, snacks and desserts all with open air seating.

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To enhance our journey, we decided to order a few traditional goodies for the table to share. This is a bowl of boiled cassava root with curtido (a pickled cabbage, onion, tomato and carrot topping) and pescaditas (fried baby sardines).

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The plate in the back is fried yuca with a sweet sugar cane based syrup and the dish with two rolls on it is mashed platino (a firm, less sweet fruit in the banana family) stuffed with beans and the other is filled with a milk based pudding. Both deep fried and sprinkled with sugar.

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Finally the second and last handstand shot of the day!

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6 buses, 1 mini taxi and French Salvadorian food

We’ve seen the city, ate on the coast, stayed in the jungle and now we’re off to a small village called Juayua (sounds like “why-you-uh”). It’s about 3 hours by bus northwest of San Salvador and is known for their food festival and waterfalls, sign me up!
We could of payed for the easy route, but moms with me now (sneaky giggle here) so backpacker style we go with 4 bus transfers and a 9 block walk, totaling $1.70 start to finish.
Lucky for us, Walter was heading in the same direction so we got to tag along with a local for the trip. Let’s begin!

We start with a walk to the end of our block and catch #52 for $0.20 I would of snapped photos inside the bus, but it was standing room only which required a death grip on anything in site as the driver took this thing for what felt like drunken joy ride.

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Next is a quick walk passing these mini venders to hop on the next bus numbered 4 at $0.25. Ps, it’s 6:30 in the morning.

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For the third transfer we’re on a larger bus that takes us about an hour farther in our journey for $0.75. Here’s the bus terminal as we depart with a few pictures from the trip to our final bus.

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Woohoo, final bus at $0.50. Not the one in the photo, I just got a kick out of all the bling. Check out the crowds and the goodies that they offer. Each time the bus stops, a few locals will hop on selling candy, fruit, bread or juice.

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We finally arrive to our hostel in Juayua (description later) just long enough to throw down our bags and head off to a highly recommended restaurant in the side town of A’Taco. Side town? Yes, meaning another bus! I’m stoked and mom is… ready to eat. This bus included the usual sale of goodies and a mini taxi ride to follow.

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Finally made it to our colorful dainty restaurant for some fun eats and tasty drinks. Introducing El Botón!

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You may question our choice of French food in El Salvador, so let me explain. Tomorrow we’ll be walking the streets at a local festival eating from all of the venders plus, this magnificent place is known for organic goat cheese (made right here) and their sangria. Enough said.

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Time for a handstand shot and a quick sample offered from a local woman who saw me trying to peak at what she was eating. The following picture of mom is while we were waiting for the bus home. Can you find our new friend? These are just a few examples of the kind people that compliment this beautiful country.

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Finally the bus ride back for a good night of rest before the food festival. They always say “Do as the locals do”. So I did.

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An unexpected day with the locals!

Returning to the city we find our hands already busy by helping the owners of the hostel prepare for a birthday party. Nati is turning 3 and here was our experience with the celebration!

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The food for the guests was fresh fruit and a homemade chicken sandwich. Everything was made from scratch including the soft roll and the layered coleslaw. The orange soda is called Kolashanpan and if you like cream soda, you’ll love this local gem!

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Let’s not forget the vanilla cake that was layered with dulce de leche, a common caramel flavor in Central and South America.

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The following day we were treated with an invitation by Gladis (the owner of the hostel) to join her on an outing. Where? We have no idea, but that made it even more intriguing!

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We had told her of our desire to volunteer so she was taking us to some local churches and orphanages to see if they needed any help. We collected contact info for the next week of opportunities and got to see a part of the city in which isn’t in your usual guide book.

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We were so thankful for this unexpected journey and even more grateful as they treated us to view a hill that’s only known to the locals. It’s full of food, drinks, music and markets!

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If you ever come to El Salvador, be prepared to partake in their traditional dish if pupusas. A corn or rice tortilla wrapped around the filling of your choice, we went for bean and cheese. The salsa is a spicy slaw accompanied by a tomato based sauce.

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For a desert or sweet snack it’s hot cocoa and quesadilla. Let’s clarify here, a quesadilla is not a flour tortilla with melted cheese (as us adorable North Americans call it). It’s a fluffy sweet bread flavored with a small amount of cheese and sugar.

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Thank you dear Gladis, Malcom and Jose for our wonderful excursion of local eats, treats and sights that usually go unseen!

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Day one in El Salvador

While visiting mom, we were reviewing the general layout of the next stretch of my travels. Without second thought out of my mouth came “you should join me, I think it would be a great experience!” After listing all of the reasons she shouldn’t or couldn’t, I then replied with… “Those all sound like reasons of why you SHOULD go”!
A week went by of me discussing possibilities and after hard thought she came to me said, “I’m in.”
Can you believe it folks? One backpack, two weeks, a spanish farm and no french vanilla creamer… She’s in for an adventure!

Now boarding… El Salvador!

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We landed safely and have an entertaining ride to our first hostel to San Salvador.

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Welcome to our temporary home as we plan on returning after volunteering, Hostal Cumbres del Volcan. We had minimal time here, so I’ll share more photos later. Just an idea of our surroundings…

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Remember that collection of classic movies I described that every hostel seems to have? Found them!

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We woke up to an authentic breakfast provided by our host and new friends Sarah and Gladis. Scrumptious!

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I asked for some spice and what did they provide…. My favorite sauce!

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Our next destination is in the small country side of Libertad. We will be volunteering on an organic farm full of tropical fruits, a variety of veggies and other fresh items in need of harvesting. This is also a community in which they guide the local children in recycling product and material to create a sustainable lifestyle. Brilliant! This all starts tomorrow and we are both extremely excited to meet our new hosts. If you’re curious for more details about there organization, here’s where we’ll be!
El Salvador Tropical Farm

A few photos from their website.

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I’m not sure of the internet acess or the wifi strength on the farm, so please bare with my quanity and quality of posts for the next 10 days. All smiles till next time!

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