PAN AMERICAN JOURNEY PART IX – EL SALVADOR
Horsefeathers team rider Zuzana Salz has been travelling across North and Central America and heading for South America. Now she tells story about El Salvador adventure. Find out what "Pupusas" means!
What a country! The people, the countryside, the towns and the surf spots! No wonder it’s the most populated country in Central America, even though it’s so small! And the tourists are rolling in by the bus loads! We first took the typical tourist ‘Ruta De Las Flores’route which is a scenic highway in the interior that passes by clean mountain towns, numerous coffee plantations (Fincas), waterfalls, lakes and volcanoes. We hiked up to the Santa Ana volcano where the views of the land were awesome, but we had to be escorted up there by two cops – those were the regulations.
From the top you can see the hot emerald lake in the crater of the volcano, and to the other side you get an outstanding view of Lago de Coatepeque surrounded by Fincas. After the hike we drove to Juayua, a small town known for its food festival that serves frog legs and other creepy delicacies every weekend. The most traditional food here in El Salvador are “Pupusas” which is a tortilla stuffed with either beef, chicken, shrimps or cheese mixed together with beans…they are cheap, hot and delicious!
Finally, our journey took us to a tiny town called El Tunco, the surf capital in El Salvador. That entire coastal area is dotted with surf spots, but the beach break at El Sunzal has the most mild and consistent waves so there are heaps of people in the water all day long. The town on Saturday night wakes up with loud music, lots of food and beach parties so El Tunco comes alive with young and drunk Salvadorians…..even the next day it’s not hard to find people still sprawled on the beach in a beer coma!
Funny thing was we met Stephan Wimmer, another Horsefeathers Team Rider from Austria! Looks like the stickers on the Van aren’t so dirty after all! Anyway we ended up staying for two weeks so we had a chance to meet a bunch of other cool people both traveling through as well as quite a few friendly locals. One guy we met was Francia who turned out to be a surf teacher, Spanish teacher and the best of all, had his own Reggae band!
There’s a lot of fun in the sun going on in this rapidly developing country, and the women here know how to use a machete just as well as the men!
And now after undergoing some more tedious custom procedures we have crossed the border into Honduras for 1 night and are continuing on to Nicaragua….