San Salvador

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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La Estancía

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We arrived to San Salvador on Monday at midday with the bus from San Miguel, we had already chosen our hotel, La Estancia. We got a lovely double room with private bathroom and a small private terrace. We took a very long walk down to the historical centre to check out the town, we had been told that the old centre is not recommendable for the lack of security but we thought that during day time it could not be so bad. And it really wasn't, we didn’t feel one bit unsafe at anytime. We checked out the cathedral and a very strange looking church called Iglesia El Rosario, it was not very pretty from the outside, I don’t know how to explain how it was built. It was kind of a half circle with the round part as the roof of the church but built as steps. In each step there was different coloured glass to let the light in. As soon as we stepped inside we saw the effect of this. All the light coming through the coloured glass gave a beautiful effect on the inside of the church.

The next day we did an excursion, we got the local bus since El Salvador still has very few tourists and there are not really any organised transfers for sightseeing. A short distance from San Salvador you can find two Mayan sites. One is Joya de Cerèn which is the only site that actually shows how the Mayans lived, they have found remains of houses and signs of everyday life. From this site we could take another bus to a site close by, San Andrés which has some ruins of Mayan pyramids. It is not at all as impressive as the ruins we have seen in for example Mexico, but only about 8-10% has been excavated so far. Maybe as tourism grows in El Salvador they will invest some money and time to excavate more at these sites. Having spent two days around San Salvador we were able to say that to us it didn’t really seem dangerous at all and the people were still as lovely as the first day when we crossed the border. We could really only say one bad thing about the place, the pollution is terrible!!
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