I could probably write an entire book just on day 4; looking back at (MANY) pics taken on this day reminded me just how much we managed to cram into one single day! I'll try to keep the words to a minimum, and let the pictures tell the story.
Day 4 highlights
- Picked up Jenny Sanchez and headed to Apaneca, the second highest town in El Sal, which is probably why it's known as the best coffee land in El Sal. However, we didn't have coffee on the brain this particular day; our main purpose in visiting Apaneca was the "Canopy Adventure Tour," aka, ZIPLINING!! Zipping through the tropical forest, high above the coffee plantations in one of the most lush places we've ever been was exhilarating!
- Walking on the cobblestones streets through Apaneca provided us with many photo opportunities, specifically of the vibrant colors displayed in the architecture, specifically doorways and windows.
- 'Jardin de Celeste' (Celeste's Garden) was the restaurant outside of Apaneca we stopped for lunch. Tucked away off the main road, it was a breathtaking outdoor setting that once again had us in awe of the amazing dining establishments in El Sal.
- Ataco was the next town we drove to, quite a bit more lively than Apaneca had been; spent a while walking around, taking pictures (of course!) and Dave haggled with the nut vendor on the street-he still paid $8 for a bag of pistachios...not much of a deal at all, but apparently they're very expensive in El Sal!
- Next we headed to Lago de Coatepeque, a sparkling blue crater lake on the eastern slope of Volcan Santa Ana and one of the largest lakes in El Salvador. It was there that we saw a breathtaking rainbow from the lake shore, and where we beheld a local fisherman and his son at work mere feet away from us. Along with ziplining, this was the highlight of the day for me.
- The day wouldn't be complete without dinner, and for that we headed to 'Casa del Piedra' (House of Stone) for our first taste of pupusas. Pupusas are to El Salvador what hambugers are to Americans and 'sarmale' are to Romanians; they are the main staple and I was beyond anxious to try them! Casa del Piedra was restaurant perfection once again! Overlooking the city at night, we not only had an amazing view, but were serenaded by our own private band, complete with a xylophone. But most importantly, the pupusas were amazing and I discovered yet another food to be passionate about. A corn tortilla-like flat bread stuffed with cheese, fried pork meat, beans or all of the above and served with 'curtido,' a pickled cabbage salad-simply divine!