Hidden Treasures of El Salvador

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On a recent trip to this fascinating little country I discovered facets of life that go on that touched my heart and in this piece are mentioned. El Salvador offers a multitude of things to see and do...i guess all you have to do is Do It....enjoy

The Central American Country

Hidden yet in plain sight is the poor but plentiful country of El Salvador in Central America. Bound on one side by the brilliant blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, cornered by Honduras and Guatemala it is a country of many different facets each one shining light upon its varied attractions. Mountains, tropical rain forests, sugar plantations and the ever present pounding of surf on sandy beaches, add up to a traveller’s dream but underneath an abject poverty can be seen in many places.

With over 21 volcanoes some of which you can climb and look down at the voracious maw far below, others still smoking as if in warning. The Boqueron crater or volcano of San Salvador is an aspiring climb but well worth it to reach the top and gaze down over the verdant vegetation and see how far the remains of lava seeped down into the valley below as it does from the Izalco Volcano. There is also a history of earthquakes as the land lies along The Pacific Ring of Fire.

The Major Çity

San Salvador is a city teeming with people. Many churches there are and at the other end of the scale are the street markets where everything imaginable can be purchased. Poverty and riches walk hand in hand and the enormous difference between these is easily noticeable. The corrugated roofs of peasant shacks and the large estates behind tall walls. The richness of the interior of the churches and the bareness of the shanties but the Salvadorean people are mostly a happy folk Singing, dancing, playing eating and drinking.

Tourist guides will take you around and spout mostly non sense or at least what they have gleaned from Wilkipedia. Then you might get lucky and find someone who will take you on an adventure. But for me I observe and carefully assess using my eyes and ears and commonsense.

Cuisine and Crops of El Salvador

Typical foods are pupusas filled with quesilla cheese, mashed red beans and pork, refried beans done in a variety of ways and rice, staples that fill the belly. Delicious papayas, melons, herbs, vegetables and exotic drinks like the Horchata.

A great place to sample the best of authentic Salvadorean cuisine is the Pupuseria Olguita. Yes only pupusas are served but of such variety and quality you will want to return again and again.

Of course there are western style eateries as the monetary system is the US dollar so a number of American food chains have opened their doors feeding those who can afford king sized platters of Americanized Salvadorean food.

Sugar cane and coffee are two of the major crops grown in El Salvador and fields of these stretch along the roadside. Maize, corn, beans pinuela, medicinal plants and spices, guava, cacao are foods that have been grown for centuries.

Coffee plantations are a great place to visit and see the indignities of poverty and how landowners pay 90c to peasants for picking thousands of pounds of beans. After all the various processes of sorting, cleaning, washing, raking and roasting the beans, Starbucks and others of similar ilk sell a cup of coffee of for over $2 a cup..makes you wonder it does!!

Travelling through

Modern highways have been built making it possible to journey across the country from the capital city San Salvador to other main points like Santa Ana, San Miguel and the beautiful Flower Route named for its abundance of colour; flowers and foliage and markets where gaily gowned peasants sell their wares. Passing through small cities where the houses are painted in whimsical turquoise, orange, blue and green. Palms, ferns and bougainvilla and the ever present painted graffiti in all colours of the rainbow.

The Mayan Route is a must to travel in order to visit the archeological site of Joya de Ceren where can be seen representations of how the ancestors of El Salvador lived from 1800BÇ to 1524 AD and the ruins of San Andreas once being an important ceremonial and political center will introduce you to the artistry and building abilities of former Salvadoreans.

Lake Coatepeque surrounded by homes and small inlets is a grand place to have lunch and enjoy local fish and the ubiquitous beans. Many local folk come here on the weekend to boat ride and meet with families to eat, drink and make merry.

A Fabulous Coastal Ecolodge and Resort


One of the most splendid resorts fronting the sparkling waters of the South Pacific Ocean is the totally sustainable Ecolodge La Cocotera located at La Barra de Santiago Covering a large expanse of land between the sea and estuary there only 6 enormous bedrooms two in three different bungalows with indoor and outdoor showers, outside patios with chaise lounge, all the comforts of home and facing either the pounding ocean or quiet estuary. Walkways connect these and in the middle of the property is a large building built from natural woods and covered in native palms. Here tables and chairs are set for guests to dine and lunch on delicious organic foods and local caught fish prepared with love by Gendry and Cruz, two erstwhile Salvadorean ladies trained as are all the staff at this fabulous resort by the general manager Ricardo. The swimming pool is free of chemicals and only salt is used to keep fresh and sparkling.
Many outdoor activities are available, boating, surfing, special side trips to the Mangroves, fishing and during the Turtle season it is a joy to be able to take the baby turtles down to the beach, place them gently on the sand and watch them scamper into the water to be gathered up by the shallow waters and taken into the great ocean. Those who make it will return after ten years to where they made their first contact with the sea and lay their eggs again.

A trip to El Salvador is a most enlightening one covering culture, cuisine, history, environment and most important many people of diverse natures who add their charm to this quite fascinating country.
Just Do It…you will be well pleased.

Information where to stay


Tour Operator: Salvadorean Tours and EcoExperiencias

Hotel to stay for business:
Hotel Mirador Plaza in San Salvador is well equipped for the business traveller and has a great swimming pool to: www.miradorplaza.com

For authentic Hacienda charm: Hotel El Casco

For Total enjoyment and relaxation:
La Cocotera Resort & Ecolodge
La Barra de Santiago
www.lacocoteraresort.com
info@lacocoteraresort.com

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Carolan Nathan, Cnwriter, Culture, Earthquakes, Ecolodge, El Salvador, History, Pupusas, Sustainable, Turtles, Volcanoes

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

thank you Mark and for the star...

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Feb 2013 (#)

You have kindled my desire to travel to this place. A wonderful post

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

thank you so much Madan..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Feb 2013 (#)

El Salvador is very much not thought of often as a travel destination. Thank you for sharing this look at it with us.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

my pleasure Mark..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2013 (#)

What a marvelous accounting of the riches and the contrasts of El Salvador. A great and marvelous journey you take us on. Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

thank you as always for your gracious support Steve...

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author avatar Buzz
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Beautiful travelogue, dear cn. Thumbs up!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

ta ever so dear Buzzz....

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Feb 2013 (#)

A well written travelogue. I think you should concentrate as a travel writer for there is a great demand for them. Of course, you can pursue your creative writing on the side.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

well thank you GV,,,

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Carolina, you have painted a complete picture of this country leaving little for our imagination. Despite lacking modern amenities or luxuries people seem a contented lot - that proves again the basic that we do not require much to find meaning in life. The rich have to stay excluded as it happens anywhere else - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

thanks you Siva for this comment...it is a most interesting place to write about....

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author avatar Alex
28th Feb 2013 (#)

No doubt Elsalvador is a beautiful country but much has to be done to publicize it more for international tourists.

http://travel-2-elsalvador.blogspot.com/

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