Showing posts from February, 2007

El Salvador´s "Route of the Flowers" - a cultural affair.

The Flower route (or Ruta de las Flores) includes a small stretch of mountainous towns in the Salvadorean highlands, one of the first being Juayua. We found a great place to stay called El Mirador (, run by a lovely local family, headed by the affable Jose, who was a pleasure to be around and always eager to help out. Special mention must go to Norma here, who did everything from cleaning our rooms to cooking in the hotel’s restaurant. We immediately struck up a friendship, and everytime we saw each other we would greet with a hug and kiss!

After settling in, we walked around to see what the town had to offer. We had heard all about this Gastronomic Food Fair, held every weekend, and for which Juayua is famous for. As the fair is held every weekend, we filled in our days with other activities, in anticipation of tantalizing our taste buds! Alex was particularly excited, as what coffee does for me, food in general does for Alex!

As El Salvador is still not gear…

San Salvador - My grief amidst my joy!

Apart from a few stops, to fix up a falling exhaust pipe, the trip back to San Salvador was short and sweet. Nothing that Leandro crawling under the car and coming out slightly dusty couldn´t fix though! Before we knew it we were at "La Casa Loca" (The Nut House) meeting Mercedes, Julio and Luz Marina, friends of Roberto´s. Roberto had told us that they were a great bunch and that they would be more than happy to have us for a few days.

I like to think that good things happen to good people, and we have truly had a great time in El Salvador, especially with the people we have met. The people at the Casa Loca were no exception. They even got to try some of my vegetarian delights! As you can immagine, a house and a kitchen, meant a trip to the supermarket and a big veggie cook up!

Without getting into the nuts and bolts of political life in El Salvador, you may or may not know that they have had a very turbulent political history, including a civil war! The original prot…

Suchitoto.....that´s in El Salvador, not Japan.

Suchitoto was yet again only a short distance from La Palma. Being so small, however, nothing is too far away! Having said that, there is always a mountain or two to cross. Mountains, volcanoes, craters, rivers beginning up high, it certainly isn´t flat, and there is always something to go around or over. Every bus ride you take, regardless of how short, or how long, will present you with a number of these breathtaking views.

I would say that this country still is not geared towards budget tourism, but if you learn a bit of the local lingo, and take the time to meet people and ask questions, you can still do things on the cheap.....and be rewarded with some unforgettable experiences! The locals are so ready to help!

Suchitoto is yet another quaint cobblestone town, that looks like it has not yet awaken from a long slumber. Nothing touristy about it at all, and I counted the tourists I saw on half a hand. Cafe Arte in the central plaza, provided fantastic coffee, made by the very affable…

El Salvador - the road less travelled!

El Salvador, the least travelled Central American country. Do we need any other reason to go?

What our Central American guide book says about El Salvador: " Travellers tend to skip over El Salvador......and because it´s still relatively unknown....travellers have the place virtually to themselves." Key words scan..........travellers skip over, relatively unknown, virtually to themselves! Ombi and Alex, the adveture bandits, decided that this country was definitely going to be for them! Having the place to ourselves sounded particularly appealing!

The border crossing at El Poy was definitely our easiest border crossing yet. The fact that it is not a busy crossing probably helped too. We literally passed a booth, where we both showed our passports, got a polite nod, and were cordially welcomed to El Salvador. We couldn´t see the "Bienvenidos a El Salvador"( Wecome to El Salvador sign) sign either. Within seconds it all looked very town-like, and we asked where …

Mundo Maya; the mystical world of a lost civilisation.

We had really had so much fun around Tela, but a move to a new place always brings yet more fun and new adventures! Our next move was Copan Ruinas, a small town only a kilometre away from Honduras´most famous Mayan site. A small little place, with cobblestone streets and adobe buildings, we wondered how much had actually changed over the last 5oo years!

The idea was to spend only a few days here, but in addition to it being so peaceful, tranquil and spiritual, we also met some amazing locals, and so it ended up rolling into a week. We kept saying, ¨Just one more day!¨. We stayed at a place called Hostal Rosalila, a place run by Senor Rafael Gonzalez and his family. We stayed in a beautiful high ceilinged room with big windows lending themselves to mountain views, and a big comfortable bed, actually the best we had slept on for ages. The family went out of their way to make us feel at home and Iris, one of the daughters, was always tempting us with some home made speciality she …