Colonial Tour and Lago de Ilapango
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July 18th, 2008 – by: jmaxiv
Since I had already been to Suchitoto, I wanted to show Donna this cool little town. Getting on the proper road to connect to the Pan Am Highway was a challenge, but lucky I knew the way through San Martin which is the very tricky part. San Martin is a web of streets and is the only way to pick up the road to Suchitoto. We made it through with no problem and even my shortcut helped us get in front of a slow touring bus.
We saw the typical sites in Suchitoto including the church, cobbled streets and colonial buildings. Some of the art galleries from my previous trip were gone or closed. That was a little sad. The town was very quiet for a Friday. This is normally the day that the city people start to arrive and join the backpackers for a weekend of relaxing. We stopped by the hostel that I wanted to stay, but they were fully booked. So was walked down to Posado and ate lunch overlooking Suchitlan.
Leaving Suchitoto, we passed by Lago de Ilapango, and I really wanted to see a view of this big crater lake. The first road we took turned rugged very fast and that was a problem since I didn't rent a 4x4. So we turned back and found the real road down to the lake. The first viewpoint was ok, but was somewhat blocked by a lava cone on which a farmer has planted a field of corn.
We drove further to a point and was more amazing views of this lake. Very, very nice!! Next time we may borrow a house on shore of Ilapango, but this day we decided to continue the adventure and keep driving. We drove to La Libertad and headed east to Costa del Sol to have a relaxing day on the beach tomorrow.
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