At first glance through my journal recount of our fifth day in El Sal, it seemed as though it was one of our slower days; however, as I looked through pictures I was proved wrong! While we primarily stayed in and around the city of San Salvador (El Sal's capitol,) we managed to fill yet another day with unique experiences!
Day 5 highlights
- El Boquerón National Park is less than an hour from the bustle of San Salvador, and it is located in the crater of the San Salvador Volcano, named El Boqueron ('wide mouth.') Because we went on a Monday, we were some of the only visitors to the park, and even managed to snag our own tour guide for the hike through the park.
- Spring is the best time to visit the park for the flowers and foliage, but we managed to find some flowers and I, of course, managed to snag some pics of them!
- We found out the crater had been filled with a lake, but during the last eruption in 1917, a fissure caused the lake to evaporate, and a cinder cone appeared at the bottom (picture below.)
- Back in the city, we stopped by the 'Mercado de Artesanias' (Artisan Market) to search for some unique and more authentic souvenirs. Unlike what we'd been told, the vendors were not as willing to haggle as we hoped, but we managed to walk away with a few things, nonetheless.
- Smack dab in the middle of San Salvador city is the museum and gallery of Fernando Llort, known as "El Salvador's National Artist." I immediately fell in love with his style and felt inspired by all the colors used in his paintings! We also had a late lunch there, and what can I say, it was delish! Not a lot of fruits and veggies on our plates, but who needs those when you have tamales, cheese and fried goodness?!
- Our next stop was 'Puerta del Diablo' (Devil's Door), a peak in San Salvador from which there are great views and we hoped to see the sun set. It was a steep, but quick hike up; unfortunately, it was completely fogged over, so we didn't see much, but we did manage to get eaten alive by mosquitoes!
- Tucked in at the base of 'Puerta del Diablo' is a Pupusa shop (or 'pupusersia.) We stopped there for drinks (amazing fresh squeezed OJ!) and managed in the course of about 45 minutes to see an approaching storm, complete with crazy cloud movement and lightening, as well as a beautiful sunset.
- Mister Donut, a local donut chain, was one of our stops on the way home. We waited in a VERY long line, but it was well worth it for the box of donuts we snagged for our dinner--more fried goodness!
- Our last stop of the day was a 'pupuseria' close to Dave's condo, where we special ordered a bag full of pupusas, and were able to watch them be made. I can assure you they were thoroughly devoured and enjoyed! (I realize the pupusa pictures don't even come close to doing them justice, but I had to include them-you understand!) :)