“I’m pretty sure all we need is a couple of days there, you know, just to say that we have seen the legendary coast of El Salvador. Honestly, I don’t think it can be that great, I mean, we don’t even surf right? That is roughly what I said to Ols when we decided to head for Playa El Zonte on the western shores of El Salvador.
We left Juayua early and took part in a bus epic through the capital city of San Salvador, not surprisingly, the journey was long and there were four buses. I’m not going to talk about it. For anyone who wants to bus from Juayua to the coast, it can be done very easily by taking the #249 to Sonsonate and another bus (I forget the number, but your hostal can tell you) direct to Zonte, all the way along to La Libertad. Note, the bus only goes once a day at around 3pm from Sonsonate. We chose the hard way as we had a tedious errand to run.
Just want some pretty pictures? Click here!
Finally we got dropped off to at the side of a random road, and walked down a dirt track without signs in the faith that it was in the direction of the sea. Soon, we were on one of the most impressive stretches of beach I have ever seen. To our left lay a lagoon framed with palm trees and rickety looking shacks and to our right an expansive windswept beach that was pretty much empty. We had obviously come the wrong way, but we were on a beach, so we kept walking, the wrong way, with packs, along the sea front until we find out we have to cross the lagoon to get to our desired lodgings. We wade through and find ‘the town’ and the hostal of Esencia Nativa, along with a couple of well-earned and frosty cold Pilsners.
“I know a great place for sunset, follow me!” An invitation from another guest that we decline by telling her we want to check out ‘the town’. She knowingly smirked and tottered off along down the beach. After 2 minutes, we had seen the town of El Zonte, which consists of three small comedors, two shops well stocked in crisps, smokes and water, and a couple of hostals. We decided to find the sunset straight away at Olas Permanentes along the front. Wow…
We returned in the dark, to find Rob and Will who we met briefly in Tacuba, who had also just arrived. After a few beers and some damn fine pizza at the hostal we made a plan to go and surf in the morning. They had surfed more than I had. I have never surfed. They had a couple of experiences between them, and some confidence everything will be ok. Teco, the local longboard legend rented us some boards the next morning and we headed into the surf. Let’s just say I have a new found respect for surfers. I was awful and came away with many cuts and scrapes from stupidly spending most of my time in the rocky area. Board rash is an evil thing! Ollie gave it a good go in the evening, but had a similar experience to me. Good fun, and we did the same the day after, but we conceded our surfing careers would end there for a while. Like looking at volcanos rather than summiting them, watching surfers is much more entertaining than giving it a go yourself.
Two days effortlessly turned into five and then melted away to ten. The guys are good people (even though Rob is from Sidcup) and we spent plenty of time collectively doing not much apart from ping-pong, cards, frisbee and drinking. Serious surfers Josh and Michelle joined us when they were not ripping it up out in the surf. It became an easy routine. Breakfast at Teco’s for $3 each while we watched the surfers was almost compulsory on a daily basis. Beers at the sunset bar was a given. Bottles of Flor de Caña rum were imbibed alarmingly rapidly between us over pizza some nights that resulted in ill-advised acrobatics and questionable dance moves. Joined by some more fellow Brits, Sarah and Glen, we had some great nights.
The need for cash took us to the ‘party town’ of El Tunco one day, where many travelers stay a while and learn to surf in the day and drink hard by night. We had to leave by 6pm (which was unfortunately when the craft beer house opened its doors) as the last bus back along the front ran at that time. Chicken buses are named so because people pack onto them like battery farm chickens. There is also a strong possibility that you will be taking your journey along with some actual chickens (twice so far for us). This bus offered both, and we had to squeeze on at the front, where some were hanging out the door and I nearly in the drivers lap.
On recommendation we headed west to the end of the beach and up a dark pathway then onto the coastal road for five minutes until we came found a great little restaurant run by Aldo and his wife. There is no name yet, but ‘Cuidemos El Agua’ is painted on the front. Lobster was on offer at $10 a throw as well as the fishy option of ‘Sopa de Mariscada’ which had so much fishy goodness in it, it was overflowing. Aldo has only just opened and they serve up some fine cuisine (the same fare as where his wife works at a fancy hotel up the road, but for cut down prices) along with welcoming service. Not having a name for the place yet, he is debating whether to call it ‘Carisa Café’ after his daughter or ‘Tube Café’ after his love for surfing. Aldo is soon to be offering accommodation and also runs some tours. He is top bloke and passionate about his business. On our second visit and last meal in Zonte he arranged for a cake to be taxied in from La Libertad for the birthday girl at Will’s request. Support this guy’s business if you go there. Make the effort. It’s worth it just for the nighttime walk along the beach back to your lodgings while you dodge crabs and waves under the stars.
We are not ‘beach people’, but we found it hard to leave. You could spend months along this stretch of coastline and not get a lot else done. Ollie partook in the surfer geared yoga some days while I got to know some hammocks better. One day, spotting whales breaching the surface just past the surf was a special moment that I won’t forget soon.
So, take heed of this warning. El Zonte is not conducive to a productive travel experience! Luckily (or unluckily as we felt) we had a boat booked to Nicaragua, so had to leave….
Thanks for reading.For the full photo gallery, click here
April 18, 2014 at 11:37 am
Hi there! I stumbled across your blog and I am LOVING every minute of your adventure as I sit typing this from my gray cubicle (Plano, Texas). I was born and raised in El Salvador and moved to the US in 2000. Reading your thoughts on my tiny little country has made me very nostalgic and very proud of my people. Your pictures brought tears to my eyes. I miss it so much. Good luck on the rest of your travels and thank you for doing this, us corporate minions truly appreciate it!
April 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm
Hi there Monica. Thanks for stopping by. It truly is an honor to receive positive feedback from someone who is from a place we have visited and written about. We often wonder how it would read from a local point of view. Your country is our favorite so far and one that we are never going to forget. We hope to return someday to visit the rest. What we enjoyed most (apart from the beaches, pupusas, great weather and coffee of course) was just traveling around on buses with locals who were always warm, welcoming, helpful and generally amazing people. Thanks for the kind words, they mean a lot!
April 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm
What a story!!! Im glad you had a great time in El Salvador.
April 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm
Thanks for reading! Had an amazing time, only wish we had longer. One day, i’m sure we’ll return!
April 19, 2014 at 10:25 am
Manny thanks for this review! nice photos, great time, http://www.surfestravel.com
April 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm
I don think that You Must say dont come to el salvador. If you were looking forma some great surf vacations You should go to another country .. Such as france. Dont say bad things were. Sorry if Your stage here wasnt the best
April 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Hi Jaime, thanks for stopping by and ‘reading’ about our travels. If you actually did read the blog post you will see that it is a complimentary account of El Zonte and El Salvador as a whole. At no point have I said ‘Don’t come to El Salvador’ as you put it. El Salvador is our favorite country in Latin America (possibly the world) and it saddens me to have people think otherwise. The title ‘a warning to all travelers’ is an ironic one. I hope you try and look through it again.
April 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Hey! I’m from El Salvador but I’m leaving in the states for a couple of years and reading this makes me love my country even more. I’m glad that you enjoyed El Zonte! next time you come, I’ll be happy to show some other places!
April 20, 2014 at 6:25 am
Thanks for the offer, when we do return (one day hopefully) someone to show us around would be amazing, thanks for the offer. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to read. We only wishes we visited more of El Salvador. Like I Say, one day we will!
April 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Great post! I’m a salvadorean reading your blog and after finishing this post i feel like we dont appreciate enough what we have here in our country, I’m glad that you guys had so much fun and i hope you can come back soon 🙂
April 20, 2014 at 6:22 am
Hola Pedro! I understand what you mean. We are from London and it is a lot of peoples dream to visit the place and people are often surprised when I tell them that we haven’t done certain things that they would imagine you would do all the time if you lived there. Sometimes it is good to remember. We love your country and it will only get popular over the next few years as more and more travelers discover what you have there. We hope our posts offer some small insight into what is on offer.
Thanks for reading and your kind words, they mean a helluva lot!
April 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm
excellent article. thank u for coming to El Salvador!
April 20, 2014 at 6:17 am
Thank you for reading and your kind words!
April 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm
I just ran in to this post, its ironic how life is. I just returned from orlando and didn’t want to come back to El Salvador, being here i realized how much i missed mi county. I’m very happy you loved the everything here, and I really hope you come back ASAP and have a blast. Loved the article and will share it with everyone i know
April 20, 2014 at 6:16 am
Hi Erika, thank you so much for your kind words. Orlando is indeed a lovely place, but I’d take El Salvador over it any day! Not only for the pupusas and coffee, but also the sheer amount of natural beauty the kindness and warmth of the people we met along our travels. We would love to come back and regret leaving when we did as nowhere has matched the time we had there. One day! Thanks for reading.
April 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Hi! Thanx for bloggin about El Zonte! I’m from El Salvador. After everything I read, the last part is the part I don’t understand…. it seems like your contradicting yourself? Not Conducive is like being not worth it, usseles, not profitable…
Soooo your tittle really ment what you say at the end….
The tittle and the last part match but the blog itself is about how beautifull is El Zonte….
April 20, 2014 at 6:10 am
Hi Astrid, thanks for taking the time to read.
The title is an ironic one. If we had done a post called ‘Playa El Zonte’ and just wrote about how the pretty beach, it would not have grabbed so much attention (this page is by far our most viewed). At no point are we negative about the place.
In the last paragraph, we say, “El Zonte is not conducive to a productive travel experience.” The word conducive can be translated many ways, but the Oxford English dictionary defines it as meaning “Making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible“. What the last sentence actually means is that it is hard to leave the place and see other things. So yes, our title does mean what we say. El Zonte is beautiful, and if you go, you will struggle to leave. That’s the warning!
Thank you for your feedback though.
April 20, 2014 at 10:17 am
Hi, I just read your article and I thank you for visiting our country and hope more people would do and feel the same way you do, I think it’s a hidden paradise, I have such good memories of Playa El Zonte, I’m glad you visited.
April 20, 2014 at 10:30 am
Hi Rene, it is a hidden paradise, and we are glad we visited it when we did. Like so many of these things, it would be a shame if one day it was bought up by resorts. We heard rumors of a bridge being built over the little river outlet while we were there! That would change the look and feel completely…It is one of those places we will always remember. Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to read!
April 20, 2014 at 11:23 am
It’s Sunday morning, I woke up at a beach near El Zonte, had a cup of coffee and found this wonderful article. We decided to stop at El Zonte just for the fact that you guys made it sound so wonderful. We had breakfast and took a little swim at the beach.
We’re back in San Salvador after a week vacation and I wanted to thank you so much for writing about your wonderful adventure in our country. This is a great place and I only hope that you guys come visit us again as well as all your readers that are looking for a warm, pleasant and friendly peace of paradise.
All the best!!!! You got your selves another fan!!!!
April 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Hi TitoU. Your comment is the reason we decided to make this blog public and not just keep it for our own memory. It really has made us happy to know that you had a good time on our recommendation. Thank you so much for the kind words. Replying to you is only wanting to make me come back! One day, hopefully sooner rather than later. Take care, many thanks!
April 21, 2014 at 5:08 am
Awesome!!!!…I’m soo glad that you’ve enjoyed our little but… unforgettable El Salvador ;))
April 22, 2014 at 7:33 am
Hola Dalia! Unforgettable is the right word! We certainly did enjoy it.
Thanks for checking us out and your support!
April 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
I live in San Salvador!
I’m pretty proud to read this!!
I’m almost crying!!
Thanks for visiting El Salvador and tell all your friends to come!!!
April 22, 2014 at 7:19 am
Wow, Vidal thanks so much. We have (and continue to)recommend El Salvador to travelers everywhere we have been. Comments like yours go towards supporting what we have been saying about the kindness and positivity of the El Salvadorans we met along the way.
Thanks so much for reading and your kind words!
April 22, 2014 at 5:42 am
I’m a salvadoran living in ES and l’m about to move to Asia for one year. You only made me wanna go to El Zonte & El Tunco before I miss it way too much! l can only feel grateful because the way you express how you guys were treated, respected and the lots of fun you had it’s the best business card you could use when it comes to explain the perks in a place such as the beaches in La Libertad. As a piece of advise for your next visit, let me remind you how close you are from the mountain, only a 25 minutes drive separates you from one completely different environment and as lovely as the first one! Try Comasagua or Jayaque, one bus ride can take you in 45 minutes tops.
Let me tell you I’m gonna share this with all my contacts that can read english! It’s funny how internet works these days. I found the link on FB from a salvadoran expat living in Qatar! Go figure! Anyways l’m glad you are willing to return and I for sure will be keeping an eye on your blog!
Greetings and take care!
April 22, 2014 at 7:15 am
Thanks very much for reading. Comasagua was on our list but found it hard to remove ourselves from the shore! Like all of these things, next time! But thanks for the tips. There will be another visit one day.
Thanks also for the support. We have been humbled by the growing interest and positive feedback we seem to be getting from the El Salvadoran online community. We always wonder how our posts would read to locals. We are not sure how the interest started, or how it has kept going, but the fact that you found it online from an expat living in Qatar has amazed us even more!
Take care and thanks for the kind words!
April 22, 2014 at 9:39 am
Hi … well well well…. what can i say that you havent in this post… i am from El Salvador and I really love to have people like you coming here and having a great experience because sometimes the international image of the country is not the best .. a lot of problems and crime are always on the news about this country but there is another face too the one that you guys experienced here and i thank you very much in the name of this exploited and underrated place for finding the good thinks we have and not only that.. to tell the world about it . great pictures by the way
April 22, 2014 at 11:23 am
Thanks Tony! El Salvador does have it’s problems, and it’s a shame that many travelers don’t visit based on what they have heard in the media. It’s no different to other countries though as everywhere has its problems. If we took heed of all FCO or US state dept warnings, we would never go anywhere.
El Salvador tourism is only going to grow as the places are there, the people on the whole are kind and open to tourists, and there seems to be a big push to promote places like the coast, Ruta de las flores and Suchitoto. I’m sure the future will see many more people enjoying it the way we have.
Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to read!
April 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Well said Tony!!
April 23, 2014 at 1:43 am
Hello Richard! I’m so happy that I read this post!
A friend of mine sent me the link of your blog via twitter… I’m salvadoran but I’m currently studying in Argentina, I came here a year ago and I like it very much ! but still, I’ve been feeling so homesick lately… and reading from a foreigner such a special description from my own country makes me happy but sad at the same time you know? because like someone said in one of the previous comments, most of the time El Salvador is part of a stereotype due to violence, corruption, etc. And eventhough that’s part of our reality, there’s also this face that should make us really proud.
I’m always glad to find open minded travelers like you that give a chance to small places like El Salvador too, I hope you can visit again soon. Also if you have a chance, give yourself the time to visit the rest of Central America and caribbean islands, I have done it before (didnt finish tho) and it was amazing. Latin America is very beautiful. Thank you for writing about it
great pictures by the way (Yay! Pilsener haha)
take care! I’ll keep checking your blog.
April 23, 2014 at 9:14 am
Hola Gaveto. Your comments means so much to us! People will always focus on the negative over the positive when making decisions about visiting a place. In our experience however, once you have visited, the positives always outweigh and are more memorable than the negatives.
We wouldlove to return to El Salvador and see more of the country, We didn’t get a chance to see the east at all, so there would be plenty to keep us busy. Also, some more time on the beach.
Thanks for your support. Enjoy Argentina. Another place, one day, we would love to visit!
April 23, 2014 at 10:17 am
Hola como estan todos, soy SALVADORENA para mi EL SALVADOR es lo mas bello, mi pulgarcito de AMERICA tiene grandes bellezas solo que el gobierno no se preocupa por explotar el TURISMO, yo soy muy patriotica y no tienen idea como amo mi tierra y la extrano mucho por que vivo fuera del SALVADOR y estas imajenes que muestran, estan lindisimas gracias por dar a conocer my bello pais EL SAVADOR
April 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm
Hola Tati, gracias por tus comentarios – hemos disfrutado mucho de tu pais tan lindo – estamos seguro de que el mundo vaya a conocer a El Salvador mucho mas en el futuro! Decimos a todos que encontramos que tienen que visitar El Salvador! Gracias por tu apoyo. Saludos, Richard
April 23, 2014 at 11:13 am
I was so pleased to read something positive about my country. I was born in El Salvador and moved to Toronto 14 years ago. I miss home every single day. Your pictures and the way you narrated your experience transported me for a few minutes back home. Thank you so much for telling the world what an amazing country El Salvador is and thank you for sharing those amazing pictures. I really enjoyed it.
April 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm
Thank you again for some more kind words!
Hope yu have a great time in June. Very Jealous!
April 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I live in San Salvador!
I’m pretty proud, I love this post
You must to visit las flores, el espino and other beaches
I’ll keep checking your blog.
April 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Thank you so much! We would love to visit these other beaches. Need at least 6 weeks now to visit all of the recommendations from people like yourself. It will happen!
Thanks for checking us out and your humbling words!
April 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm
Dude – Read this and became jealous. Words and pics are amazing. Haven’t got round to reading the rest of your blog, but will be getting my arse into gear now. El Salvador was the one country I missed out on when I was over there, but your article has really brought it to life. Buona Onda for the rest of your trip amigo.
April 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm
Thanks for your words man! Ha, I remember sitting at work talking to abut this trip almost a year ago! Shizzle, how time flies. We took your e-mail away with us, the one you spent a serious time writing (thank you) and have used it along the way. Get you ass in gear and buy a ticket to El SALVADOR. You will love it.
Hope your studies are going well, nearly home time for us…. 😦
April 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm
I’m glad you enjoy your stay in the beach el tunco, and specially to know our people when you gays took the bus ride, i move to Canada 30 years ago and every time a visit my country El Salvador i end up with nostalgia and depression,i take me a few weeks to function normally in my routine life here in Vancouver Canada, because i see my people they have so little and they are so happy, i love your pictures and a save some in my computer, hope you come back to visit my country because there is lot more to see and enjoy.
April 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Loved the coast in El Salvador so much and sitting here, writing this is only bringing back amazing memories for me. El Salvadorans we me along the way were very happy indeed and happy to speak to us and help us along the way. Amazing people and we are humbled by your kind words.
Thanks for your support and taking time to read. Enjoy the pictures!
April 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm
Hey Richard. You nearly had me reading your whole story for ten minutes, and I wanted to emphasize how deceiving your tittle is haha to end up producing a great smile on readers at the very end. I kept reading trying to figure out, why you guys did not have fun at such a nice place like El Zonte! just to realize you described it the other way around. 🙂 I am from El Salvador too. Besides all the great fun you experienced, I need to highlight there is among all your pictures, one that had my breath taken away, and easily deserves a Flikr/Interfacelift/Pinterest/Instagram post ( https://hoptgf.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/surfs-up.jpg?w=1230&h=633 ) what a beautiful shot, balance, and moment to shoot the sky and beach combined. I mean it,
By the way, El Tunco and El Sunzal beaches are great whether you’re into the surf thing or plenty of night activity, just in case you stop by some other time.
April 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm
Yeah, it’s a deceiving little title, one that attracted a couple of negative reviews further back, but i mean it! Not a place to motivate yourself. We kept putting off leaving because it was so damned beautiful. Just means more to see next time.
Thanks for commenting on that photo. Really means a lot. Will out it upon our instagram!
Heard some great things about Sunzal and loved the Tunco beach when we went there briefly.
Thanks for taking the time to check us out and your kind words of support!
April 24, 2014 at 9:51 am
Man, thanks a lot from a Salvadorean fella. It’s just amazing how sometimes the country we all dislike when it comes to comparing to superpower nations, might be delightful for international visitors. It’s even more surprising how these beaches, without poor or no support from the government or any touristic enterprise, has certainly gained some popularity for surfers or globe-trotters. Not to mention that you had a great time with our poor transportation system. You certainly touched my heart with those comments of warming hospitality and affection you had despite how dangerous it might turn out to be sometimes for us. But I guess we all Salvadoreans feel some appreciation towards international people who leave their sophisticated and top-notch lives in big and advanced cities to come here and have a trip in the traditional way without any comfy and safe commuting. Dude, thank you for this review!! Hope you hop in the country for a second chance. If so, just let me know to show you Chalchuapa, which is more related to Mayan temples and buildings.
April 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm
We heard about the legendary beaches of El Salvador from friends who surf in the UK and told us we had to go. We were initially not fussed as we didn’t surf, but so gad we made it as there is so much more than surfing going on down there. Legendary for a reason. There should be more international promotion for tourism in El Salvador as many travelers seem to pass by it on route to Nicaragua. Everyone we have met who has made the trip (which is quite a lot of backpackers) have spent time with us swapping stories on top spots and commenting on how much we all miss it!
These guys seem to be working hard for tourism https://www.facebook.com/elsalvadorturismograyline?fref=ts
It was a pleasure to visit and an honor to receive so many kind words from you and you fellow countrymen and women!
Thanks for the invite, think we passed through Chalchuapa on route to Ahuachapan from Santa Ana (if my geography is correct), but had no time to stop. Would love to see the ruins there! Will put it on our list for next trip!
Thanks so much for your kind words.
P.S. The buses, while frustrating at times, were a great part of our trip and added to the fun of traveling around…when you could get a seat of course!
April 24, 2014 at 10:06 am
Richard, thank you for sharing the pictures here, I have not been in el zonte, but your pictures and comments are an invitation to visit the place. I’ll make sure to get there next time I am in El Salvador.
April 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm
Thanks for the words of support and taking the time t check us out. Zonte is a must for any itinerary in El Salvador. Will be going back there one day…with any luck.
April 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm
Beautiful pictures of my country El Salvador. For your next visit, it’s a must have to visit the beaches of the east of the country (El Tamarindo, Las Tunas, Playitas and more). They are beautiful and not crowded at all.
April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm
We would love to visit the the eastern beaches. Heard amazing things about Tamarindo, but not the others so will put them on the itinerary for our next trip…which will be soon hopefully!
Thanks for checking us out and your kind words!
April 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm
Hey Richard, there’s so many things I’d like to say about your trip in El Zonte and El Tunco, I see you guys had so much fun. It just feels great when you write about the greatness of a very little part of our country El Salvador, I’m a salvadorean currently studying a major in Tourism, which you might know why I feel well-related to your experience and to the places you visited.
I’m glad you enjoyed and hope you get back to El Salvador really soon.
PS. I loved the pictures you took and even more the one you appear on the Pilsener sleeveless shirt, THE BEST BEER EVER!!
April 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Thanks for the kind words man. We had a great time, the pics speak for themselves. As I write, i am wearing the beer vest now in Colombia, and it sparks a lot of questions like “Hey, how was El Salvador?” At which point Ollie and I tell them how awesome your country is and how they should visit it straight away…and how cold the beer is!
Good luck with your studies!
April 25, 2014 at 6:22 am
OMG, after reading this and seeing the awesome pics, I so wanna pack and go visit my homeland again! I was last about 3 years ago and took my two America born kids there for the first time. They loved it. I’ve never visited the El Zonte beach, so I’ll make sure to do so on my next trip. So glad to see foreigners visiting and liking my beautiful El Salvador. Laughed out loud about your bandana wearing and asking us readers not to judge you too harshly, hahaha!
April 25, 2014 at 6:23 am
OMG, after reading this and seeing the awesome pics, I so wanna pack and go visit my homeland again! I was there last time, about 3 years ago and took my two America born kids there for the first time. They loved it. I’ve never visited the El Zonte beach, so I’ll make sure to do so on my next trip. So glad to see foreigners visiting and liking my beautiful El Salvador. Laughed out loud about your bandana wearing and asking us readers not to judge you too harshly, hahaha!
April 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Thanks for your comments. We are just overwhelmed right now! Hope you get to see El Zonte one day, but i’d settle for anywhere on that coast and the chance to catch some more of those amazing sunsets! And the bandana wearing has only got worse! A man in Nicaragua stopped me in the street, looked at me up and down and shouted ‘Hey, it’s Mr Hippy Gringo” at me…in good fun! He definitely judged me!
Thanks for checking us out!
April 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm
I’m glad you loved our “El Pulgarcito” as we affectionately call it, 🙂 , thanks for visiting and specially for letting the world know about how good our people really is, and thanks for promoting El Salvador, as you said people usually focus on the negative, but people like you makes the difference by pointing out the positive.
Your comment: ” we had to squeeze on at the front, where some were hanging out the door and I nearly in the drivers lap.” brought me memories, Lol!!
We ( El Salvadoreans) always joke in Facebook about that.
Thanks again!!! Salú!!! (Bye in Salvadorean).
April 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm
El Pulgarcito is a name we have not heard. Translated means ‘Thumb’? Love it!
Tourism in El Salvador is only going to boom over the next few years. We’re really happy we got to see it now, but will definitely be back for more at some point. Kind comments like yours are making it hard for us to return home in a couple of months and not back to El Salvador!
Thanks for reading.
April 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Well hello there Richard!
I’m here (from Mexico City) because of Mario (from E.S.) haha! And after reading your blog I wish I could travel to Playa El Zonte to spend some alone time, relax and do absolutely nothing but rest. lol! Hopefuly Mario will take me to Comasagua or Jayaque too, haha!
I also read some of the comments in here and I can definitely relate some of them with Mexico, you know? There are beautiful places here as well, but the only things people gets to read and hear about my country is crime crime and more crime, which saddens me.
Anyways, I hope you go back to El Salvador soon, and someday you get to visit some virgin beaches in Mexico too!!
April 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Hey there Laura!
Mario makes a great point and as you say, the same can be said about Mexico and the majority of Central American countries. We traveled for a round 6 weeks in Mexico at the start of our trip, through Tijuana down the Pacific coast (even visiting Michoacan) in Guatemala and had no issues either. Really amazing time had all through! Not enough time though, need another 6 weeks really to do more!
Hope you get to the El Salvadoran coast someday, although Mexico’s beaches are pretty awesome as well!
Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to read!
April 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm
That’s what I call good marketing 😉
May 5, 2014 at 8:43 am
Ok, it’s official: after reading your post I seriously have to visit El Salvador… Nicely done and I love the photos. (Thanks for the follow for my blog, too!)
May 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm
Hi Jodi, thanks for checking us out and yes, you have to hit El Salvador ASAP. It really is an incredible place and we only really touched the west. So much more to see so we may see you there when we return! Happy travels!
May 20, 2014 at 10:24 am
I’ve been gone since ’86, just last nite I found my passport, and was reminiscing of the trip to my “El pulgarcito de America”. This morning my classmate (Rocio De La Gasca) who lives in ES posted this blog on FB and was delighted when I read your comments and saw your pictures. I miss my place so much so that I wanted to call out of work today and make my reservations, but then reality sat-in and I headed for the train coming in to work.
Thank you very much for taking me back for a bit, I enjoyed your whole perspective of an outsider in our country.
May 23, 2014 at 6:02 am
Grab that passport and go!
It’s because of your people like your classmate, that this blog is reaching people. It is surprising, but it shows how passionate you El Salvadorans are about your country.
Thanks for taking the time to write a reply. Your comments and those like them continue to humble us.
Looking forward t our next visit!
May 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm
These photos reflect the preciousness of my country caught in a second. I hope you had a good time.
May 23, 2014 at 5:57 am
Hi Luis. Thank you. We had a great time and are already planning a return trip!
July 15, 2014 at 1:53 am
Hey Richard, it’s me again. You can delete this video if you want. I just wanted to share with you the new ES campaign that I know you will love for sure. I know you will find it adorable! It was launched to day and I thought of you!
Because we were born in the positive side of the world!
July 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm
Hi Mario, sorry for the late reply. Have been on the road for a while. Absolutely love the video, really made us smile and miss your country. Nicely captured. Makes us want to drop everything and come back!
September 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm
I’m writing on September 15, our independence day in El Salvador, its pretty grateful to read such a blog on this date. We know we have many good things to enjoy here, but many times they are moved away from our sight due to the other existing problems of living in and undeveloped country. So thanks for refreshing us the positive side of our own land!
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