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El Salvador - A travel report by Donald Lee
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El Salvador - A Suprise Desination

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Discover The Undiscovered Destination of El Salvador in Central America. Follow me, I live here! Look me up on

We “ain't” Hollywood or Manhattan, we're El Salvador!!

Something for everybody... from Archeological Buffs to
Surfers and Beach Bums..travelling alone, in pairs or
group, on any budget ranging from:
Backpacker to
Billionaire .......

360 Virtual Reality Panorama of El Salvador
www.elsalvador360. com/index. html (English)

{The writer,Donald Lee is a long term resident ex pat from up north, USA, who
makes his home in El Salvador & Guatemala for many years during
good times and bad.}

More and more...folks are beginning to discover the beauty, charm and friendly people of El Salvador...

Central Americas Hidden Gem


Favourite spots:
Cerro Verde and Lake Coatepeque: These two
destinations are beautiful, close to each other and
not to be missed.
Cerro Verde National Park: a lush verdant park on a
summit soaring above the lake with the famous view of
Izalcos Volcano and its still smoking cone.
Montecristo Cloud Forest: This is one of the most
beautiful hikes in all of Central America from the
summit, which is reached by 4WD, coaster or minibus
(standard vehicle not recommended) by winding dirt
road 23Km. above the town of Metapan
*Life is a Beach!
Ocean Highway - Calle Litoral from La Libertad to
Acajutla This coastal highway runs along the ocean
front for seventy or eighty kilometers. It is a
beautiful drive that winds along the hills and through
a set of five tunnels. Take time to snap some photos
and have lunch in La Libertad
and much much more!!!

What's really great:
Ruta de Las Flores - Carreterra from Sonsonate to
Ahuachapan Stop off in Nahuizalco and buy a few wicker
souvenirs. The nahuizalqueños set up their shops right
along the highway, but if you have time, go into the
small town and visit some of the shops. The
handicrafts are worth a few minutes of your time as is
the market. Drive through Salcoatitan and take the
detour into Juayua. If you are driving through on a
weekend, they often have a market with traditional
dishes set up around the central plaza. These are
generally very clean and safe to eat. After Juayua
visit Apaneca where you can have a bite to eat at the
Cabañas de Apaneca and take in the view of the coffee
fields and surrounding mountains.....

Narrow Cobbled Stone Streets and Adobe Houses...
Time definitely seems to have stopped in the city of
Suchitoto, one of the countrys most visited cities in
the Northern part of the country. Suchitoto is located
in the department of Cuscatlán and is situated 47
kilometers from the capital city of San Salvador. This
equates to about a one hour drive.
Suchitoto, which in the native Nahuatl tongue means
City of the Flower Bird, literally became a ghost
town in the period of the country's civil war, which
lasted from 1980 - 1992. The constant cascade of bombs
and battles near the extinct volcano of Guazapa forced
most of its inhabitants to abandon the city. Yet it
was this migration that helped the city to preserve
its unique architecture.

4/5 Star hotels are located in or near the Zona Rosa
and Colonia Escalon,
upscale areas with expensive boutiques and
It is quiet and very safe in the surrounding areas by
dayPrices in these
hotels range from $65-$100+ per night rack rate

Budget and Independent Travel: No doubt, if you are
an independent traveler on a tight budget, you are looking for something
nice but less ritzy, try one of the many unique
lodging places, bed and breakfasts and guest houses
in and around San Salvador. They
have private rooms and bathrooms, but are not as large
as the hotels, generally with less than 15 rooms.
Prices, double occupancy for the bed and
breakfasts/guest houses range
from $20-$75 maximum per night double or triple

*Cheaper accomodations
can be easily found at some of the smaller hotels
closer into town, go East young man, in and around the National
University area

Check out for links and information.

Other recommendations:
*(El Salvador's Mayan World). Joya de Cerén is the
only non royal Mayan site existing in MesoAmerica,
an ordinary village buried under volcanic ash some
1400 years ago after an eruption of the nearby
volcano, Joya de Cerén is referred to as the Pompeii
of the Americas. It is a very interesting site for
academics and a must see for visitors who wish to
understand fully El Salvadors pre-Hispanic culture! with some
displays explaining what has been unearthed, but is
not completely finished yet. Well worth the effort is
a visit to Cihuatan, a ruins north of San Salvador,
still under excavation, called The City of Women..
Santa Ana: Cathedral and Theater in the Central Plaza
of Santa Ana The catedral in Santa Ana is famous
throughout El Salvador for its classic gothic design.

Published on Wednesday November 21th, 2007

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Thu, Nov 22 2007 - 02:54 PM rating by davidx

Obviously it cries out for pictures. Otherwise it is stronger on quantity of items of information than on full descriptions but there is much to inform us of a lesser known country and variety in reports is to be welcomed.

Thu, Nov 22 2007 - 02:53 PM rating by marianne

What about adding some photos? It would be nice to see what the placeis like.

Thu, Nov 22 2007 - 10:19 AM rating by rangutan

Quite a bit of advertising and not honest independent reporting. Yet quite some information and tips generally. This should rather be uploaded to the GLOBO "travel tips" section?

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