Costa del Sol – El Salvador
After spending a week in the chilly highlands of Guatemala this weekend we headed to the beaches of El Salvador to catch some rays.
It took us about nine hours to drive from 3500 metres above sea level to just 50 and with the altitude change we saw some pretty awesome scenery changes: from the bare and exposed craggy rocks on the altiplano at Todos Santos; pine and cedar forests and corn and coffee fields; the Cuchumatanes mountain range; the almost perfect cone of the Santa MarÃa volcano near Quetzaltenago; in and out of colonial Antigua; through a rain storm near Jutiapa and into hot and sweaty El Salvador.
The excuse is that we’d gone to pick up a friend who’d been home to have an operation on her knee – so why not throw in a couple of days at the beach? And after a pit stop in San Salvador for pupusas (corn dough pancake filled with cheese or pork or beans), the Salvadorian equivalent of tacos, tapas or fish and chips, we went to the Costa del Sol. Now, let me assure you that it was nothing like its namesake in Spain. There were no high-rises, no noisy bars or tacky souvenir shops and the beach was just a long strip of practically deserted white sand. My day went something like this: 8am morning dip in the lovely warm sea; 8.30am a spot of yoga on the empty beach; 9am breakfast, 9.30am – 6pm relaxing in the hammock, sipping Zacapa rum, swimming in the pool, lunching on of fresh shrimp bought straight from the fishermen; 6.30pm sun set swim and then back to sipping Zacapa around the pool.
We were all impressed by what we saw on our short trip across the border; the roads were big and wide and well maintained (not like the pot-holed versions in Guatemala), the capital was really advanced and well planned (although a little too American for me), the houses seemed well built (not like the shakes in Ecuador), the food was tasty and the Salvadorians came across as being very genuine and hospitable people, really friendly and open and funny too. So we’ve got a decision to make â€¦ should we stick with our plan to move on to the beach in Nicaragua or revise the plan and go to El Salvador? Now, that’s the sort of decision I like making!
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