Adventures in El Salvador - San Salvador & Playa El Zonte

San Salvador Travel Blog

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San Salvador, El Salvador - Crossing the border from Guatemala to El Salvador

¡Adios Guatemala! ¡Hola El Salvador! 

Here we are in Guanacolandia!  Kidding!  To my surprise, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly . . . wasn’t expecting it at all. 

Up until now, I’d only heard about how dangerous it was here.  But it hasn’t been the case.  Pleasant surprise though!

Another crazy thing is getting here and finding out that the currency used here is the US $!!  Weird using dollars here but it’s the case!

San Salvador itself is a little sketchy, and gives off a feeling of aggressivity.  Still, again, the people were totally cool with us! 

Funny thing is that we must’ve looked really funny to Salvadoreans . . . because we were here as tourists or because of our look??  Hmm?! 

We had people offering to give up their seats on the bus for us, helping us any way they could.

San Salvador, El Salvador - La Catedral Metropolitana del Divino Salvador del Mundo en San Salvador
  Even had some guy ask us if we were looking for some Anthropology building because apparently we had that look! 

What that is, don’t know! 

I guess it seemed strange to them to see foreigners parading around with huge backpacks or something.  Funny folks.

Wasn’t expecting too much from El Salvador, other than the need to be extra careful.  But to our surprise our stay here was a good one. 

We got a chance to visit the mean streets of San Salvador, and get out alive! 

Also had our fair share of the local specialty, pupusas.  Mmm mmm good!  Don’t think they’re the same anywhere else, and so cheap!!  Yummy!!!!

Be sure to check out the beaches in El Salvador too.

San Salvador, El Salvador - El Palacio Nacional
  A must-see if you’ve never seen any with black sand before!

A very unique experience for me since I’d never seen or even thought about beaches with anything other than white sand.  But yeah, we had the pleasure of visiting El Zonte beach, and experience it for ourselves.  ¡Lindo!

The ocean itself, the Pacific, was quite strong, and consequently appeared somewhat dirty. 

Actually, though, we were told it was that way due to the black sand and strong current. 

Another interesting thing we learned was the fact that apparently the beaches of El Salvador are actually well-known in the surfer community, and are visited by them all year-round. 

Although we felt a bit uneasy here at first, overall I’d have to say that I enjoyed my short visit to El Salvador.

San Salvador, El Salvador - La Catedral Metropolitana & la Plaza Cívica de San Salvador
 

The people were very warm, the food was yummy; now let’s just hope the country’s problem with the gangs gets resolved! 

¡Entonces vengan pa’ El Salvador pues!

Tout le monde me disait, c’est un pays dangereux, attention où tu vas ....... On connaissait des gens à la capitale, y’avait pas de problème.

Arrivé là-bas on les a appelé et ils sont venus nous chercher. Des jeunes mariés qui venaient de passer 3 ans en chine, très intéressant drôle et cool.

Le lendemain ils nous ont déposé au centre ville avec un peu d’inquiétude, nous disant de faire attention.

Et effectivement, pour la première fois de ma vie, je me suis senti mal à l’aise, surveillé, pas le bienvenu, j’ai pas aimé cette sensation, donc on est pas resté longtemps.

Mario nous a amené le lendemain à la plage, ce sont des plages volcaniques, donc le sable est noir, plutôt étrange au début, a voir en photos !

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