El Salvador: From Guatemala City, Guatemala to Santa Ana, El Salvador.
After my first motorcycle trip to Iximché I was looking forward to a longer trip. A trip that was extreme for a beginner but not reckless. I decided to go to El Salvador.
With a little nervousness I began to fix everything I was going to need for the four-day and three-night trip: 3 liters of water, two pants, underwear and a few shirts. My budget between lodging, gas and food was approximately 1,000 quetzals or US $ 75. I left my home at 6:00 AM on January 2, 2020.
The border of El Salvador is located just a couple of hours from Guatemala City (123 Kms). There are three different options to enter the neighboring country, however the closest border is "Las Chinamas". The road is in good condition at a 90%, however there are some short sections where you have to evade holes, especially in the last kilometers before leaving Guatemala.
My frist impression of El Salvador was that it was hot and with very long and straight roads.
After crossing the border, my first impression of El Salvador was that it was hot and with very
long and straight roads. I could ride at high speeds without worrying. The first place to visit was the "San Lorenzo" ecological park or also known as "La Familia". After a couple of extra kilometers for having misplaced myself, I managed to find the park and arrived around 11:30 AM a little dehydrated due to the strong heat.
The San Lorenzo ecological park is located in the department of Santa Ana. It has three artificial lagoons fed by the natural rivers of the region. It has spaces for playing sports, huts for cooking and swimming pools. It also has a small "zoo" where you can find some animals such as monkeys, an ostrich, a few sheeps and some parrots. It is highly recommended to bring mosquito repellent.
The entrance fee is $ 1 for nationals and $ 1.5 for foreigners, plus $ 1 for parking.
After taking a few pictures, I prepared myself to continue with the trip. My next stop was the Santa Ana city where I was going to spend the night before climbing the volcano with the same name. Before I get there I wanted to find a place where to take lunch and eat some "Pupusas". The Pupusas are like the "shucos" for Guatemala or the "tacos" for Mexico. They are cornmeal tortillas filled with almost anything. The most famous are filled with cheese, pork rinds, loroco or shrimp. In short, there is a lot of variety.
I found it very similar to the historic center of the Guatemala City, however it was not as loud and had fewer cars, it felt like home.
I arrived to the Santa Ana city, hungry. I found a place where I could supposedly find pupusas, however these are not sold at any time. They sell them from 6 AM to 10 AM and
after 5 PM. Because it was about 2 PM when I got there, I had to eat something else. After having lunch and chatting with the owner of the place for a while, I continued moving to the AirBnb hostel where I was going to stay. I finally got sweaty, dirty and sleepy. I took a bath, got dressed and slept for a few hours.
Around 5PM I left the AirBnb again and walked towards the central park of Santa Ana, also
called "Parque Libertad". The city has narrow streets where only two vehicles can fit. The
cars apparently have permission to park on the right side of the street so there is only one lane that can be used for traffic. The structures have a deteriorated but clean colonial appearance. I found it very similar to the historic center of the Guatemala City, however it was not as loud and had fewer cars, it felt like home. I went to the market, where people were selling their products shouting "a dólar, a dólar" or "a cora, a cora ...". A "cora" (a quarter) is 25 cents of a US dollar. A "dólar" is a US dollar.
Many local people spend the afternoon in the Central Park. You can see couples on dates, children playing, other people who are only enjoying a moment on their own trying to find peace after their job, others waiting and tourists resting after long trips. After eating an ice cream, drinking a soda and a coffee with a cupcake (no, I'm not fat yet), I decided to return to the AirBnb. On my way back I finally found a place where to eat "pupusas", I took one filled with Cheese and pork rinds and another one filled with shrimp.
Total Distance: 200 Kms or 110 miles approximately.