San Salvador

Trip Start Feb 11, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still alive and well. I haven't been posting lately because I find myself staying in places longer than when I first started traveling. So far it's been a little over one month in and I feel that if I can start to slow down and really get connected in a place I'll have a greater grasp on the country as a whole. Leaving from Copan, Honduras last week I took a full day to reach the El Salvador border. This would be my second border crossing, my first couldn't have been easier. From Guatemala to Honduras the immigration office was completely empty, I was literally in and out with in 5 minutes. Having heard later from other travelers that my experience was not the norm I preparred myself to encounter some diffculties on my upcoming crossing. Upon reaching the border crossing I needed to first get my exit stamp from the Hounduran side. Walking on foot I was looking for some kind of facility that housed the office. After turning down a road I saw a small sign labeled "Migracion De Honduras", walking in I was greated by an empty room and the faint sound of a tv. Continuing to walk torwards the back, I found two officers hanging out in a back office. One was relaxing on a sofa with his wife beater on and the other had his feet kicked up on his desk drinking a beer. I ask is the immigration office, they both say yeah and just wait in I ask them if they want to see my passport and one says "Yeah, that's fine". After breifly looking at my passport he than tells me I'm ok to cross. Kind of bewildered I asked if I needed an exit stamp to cross over, he just smiled and said no your fine.Continuing on to El Salvador I crossed the border on foot and only realized that I had passed the El Salvadorian immigration office when a money changer approached me. I literally was an Illegal alien in El Trecking back to the office I made my way in and was asked for my passport. After a brief Q&A session they handed me my passport and welcomed me to El Salvador. Bewildered again I asked don't I need a stamp? This time the officer was able to explain to me that US & EU citizens don't need a stamp to travel between Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador & Costa Rica. Apparently thier was an agreement signed between those countries that allows for travel up to 90 days.
From there I headed to a nice Hostel in San Salvador for a couple days before I would head over to the beach for a week.
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