04.26.2017 - 04.26.2017 90 °F
We received a lovely welcome in the “Land of Volcanoes”, a country trying hard to rise above its turbulent past.
This tiny Mesoamerican nation has 187 volcanos and is only 8,000 square miles. Twenty-two are active!
A bus ride of almost 2 hours brought us to Cerro Verde (Green Mountain) National Park, with 3 craters – going up!
The youngest volcano, Izalco, originated in 1770. It kept erupting for almost 200 years and became known as the Lighthouse of Pacific.
Even now, at the driest time of year, a few blossoms can be found.
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!
We are in what is called a cloud forest – with a view to volcanic crater lake Coatepeque.
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.
Our Park guide giggled when I asked him to pose with Hästa.
We were delighted to sample Pupusa, the National dish.
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!