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April 26 - ACAJUTLA, EL SALVADOR

sunny 90 °F
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We received a lovely welcome in the “Land of Volcanoes”, a country trying hard to rise above its turbulent past.

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This tiny Mesoamerican nation has 187 volcanos and is only 8,000 square miles. Twenty-two are active!

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A bus ride of almost 2 hours brought us to Cerro Verde (Green Mountain) National Park, with 3 craters – going up!

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The youngest volcano, Izalco, originated in 1770. It kept erupting for almost 200 years and became known as the Lighthouse of Pacific.

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Even now, at the driest time of year, a few blossoms can be found.

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Our trek around the rim of the crater was a cool change at over 6,000 feet high, from the 90 degree plus heat at sea level!

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We are in what is called a cloud forest – with a view to volcanic crater lake Coatepeque.

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On a walk devoted primarily to seeing different types of trees and foliage, we were surprised to find a bird’s nest in the mud by our pathway.

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Our Park guide giggled when I asked him to pose with Hästa.

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We were delighted to sample Pupusa, the National dish.

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El Salvador needs tourism to help them grow. They have a beautiful country and we wish them all the best. They gave us the best welcome and farewell of 2017!

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Posted by Swenigale 12:15 Archived in El Salvador

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