So El Salvador. We didn't spend much time there, and only made a few stops. It was also the first country where I was fully mobile in Central America - as long as I didn't try something silly like walk up a volcano. We basically hit San Salvador (one of the crime capitals of the world), Ruta de Las Flores (The Route of Flowers), Mark climbed another volcano and then left for Honduras. Not too much.
I honestly wasn't expecting to be dazzled, not quite sure why. I guess we hadn't meet many people who had been there so there wasn't that buzz created from shared conversations. Not so many tourist often results in a really underdeveloped tourist structure, ie super friendly locals who are incredibly curious, very simple hostels, transportation and attractions and very very simple local foods. El Salvador had shades of this.
We were in and out of San Salvador, not so safe. We decided to skip the beaches, we don't surf, and the pacific coast isn't great for sun lounging, nor do we really enjoy roasting in the sun.
We arrived at Ruta de Las Flores and discovered we had a arrived for the towns annual saints day held on their WEEKEND FOOD MARKET. Yep you heard me, we arrived in time for a WEEKEND FOOD MARKET!! And it was amazing. It's billed as an international food market, but really it's one giant bbq. Stall after stall after stall of aromatic (I wish I could bottle it) bbq'd food of all descriptions. There was also pumpkin boiled in honey - amazing. I gorged. Ok I wish I did, but I filled up quick. Fortunately while Mark climbed his volcano I went back to the market and ate seafood... Soooo good!
We also checked out some of the surrounding towns which were - ok - with two Swedish friends, Karin and Elin, but the highlight really was that amazing food festival.
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Finally I'm contemplating a series of 'best of' blogs (best beaches, best islands etc) anyone interested??