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Saludemos El Salvador: Beach Bumming and Waterfall Jumping in El Tunco

Read parts one, two, and three of four from Saludemos El Salvador. EL TUNCO El Salvador, for us, would end on the beach. Perhaps appropriately so since what tourism… Continue reading

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Why You Should Forget Politics When Traveling

Travel, in my view, is one of the best tools in our arsenal to come to terms with one another’s existence. Considering how terrible humans… Continue reading

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Saludemos El Salvador: Trekking Along Cerro Verde

Read parts one and two of four from Saludemos El Salvador. CERRO VERDE Our next stop promised a stark contrast to the cozy colonial town situated on an equally… Continue reading

Put me on one of these bad boys instead.

Why Driving Should Be Discouraged When Traveling

Buckle up, ladies and gents.* It’s time for another rant against cars, or as I like to call them, metal death boxes. We’re going to… Continue reading

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Saludemos El Salvador: Into Colonial Suchitoto

Read part one of four from Saludemos El Salvador. SUCHITOTO One of El Salvador’s selling points is its density. Not only does it have the highest… Continue reading

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Saludemos El Salvador: Beach Bumming and Waterfall Jumping in El Tunco

Read parts onetwo, and three of four from Saludemos El Salvador.

EL TUNCO

El Salvador, for us, would end on the beach. Perhaps appropriately so since what tourism has existed here has been a result of surfers who pay little attention to what the local situation or international reputation is if it means finding a good wave. More practically, this is where we could pick up a shuttle to Antigua, Guatemala where we would be spending our second week of traveling.

The ride to El Tunco from Cerro Verde speaks to the, let’s call it, dense diversity I have been hinting at throughout this story. Within a couple of hours from urban Santa Tecla, we were in colonial Suchitoto. Another couple of hours, Cerro Verde where the temperature dropped to the low 50s at night. Then not even two hours away we were in sweltering hot and humid El Tunco with the Pacific Ocean a stone’s throw away. If it sounds incredible, that’s because El Salvador is. Continue reading

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Why You Should Forget Politics When Traveling

Overlooking the mountains of Dharamsala, India.

Overlooking the mountains of Dharamsala, India.

Travel, in my view, is one of the best tools in our arsenal to come to terms with one another’s existence. Considering how terrible humans have been at understanding one another, travel has become an invaluable tool. If we all forever stay cornered into our man-made political boundaries, we’ll continue to exchange more bombs than our respective versions of a dick and fart jokes.

I prefer the dick and fart joke to the bombs.

For this reason, I tend to roll my eyes whenever I hear about someone refusing — refusing — to travel to a specific place because of some political difference. I’ve seen this in liberal Americans refusing to travel to certain states, conservative Americans refusing in kind, or North Americans in general with specific countries on their shit list.

I’m here to tell you it’s all bullshit, and why basing your travel decisions on politics is usually an asinine move that likely does nothing to address your disagreement in the first place. Continue reading

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Saludemos El Salvador: Trekking Along Cerro Verde

Read parts one and two of four from Saludemos El Salvador.

CERRO VERDE

Our next stop promised a stark contrast to the cozy colonial town situated on an equally calm lake. Next we would be dropped off in the middle of a Salvadoran national park, Cerro Verde or Parque Nacional Los Volcanes. Even the Spanish novice can sense plurality in the latter name. “Los Volcanes” refers to the three surrounding volcanoes of Cerro Verde, Izalco and Santa Ana. Reaching Los Sueños Verde required a steep climb up a winding road that continued well after the concrete turned to dirt. Afterward it was hard to imagine any vehicle, even the Volkswagen pickup truck we were riding, on the narrow patch of dust we had just climbed. This looked more like a hiking trail, not a thoroughfare. Continue reading

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Why Driving Should Be Discouraged When Traveling

Put me on one of these bad boys instead.

Put me on one of these bad boys instead.

Buckle up, ladies and gents.* It’s time for another rant against cars, or as I like to call them, metal death boxes. We’re going to talk about why tourism organizations shouldn’t put people — especially we travel writers — in cars.**

First off, let’s examine the automobile, shall we? Best case scenario, it gets you from A to B faster than any other form of transportation with a sense of luxury and comfort that goes unmatched in transportation. Plus people will look at you, dying with envy as they stand on their stupid poor people legs. That’s what car commercials portray. But like most commercials, it’s a steaming pile of bullshit.

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Saludemos El Salvador: Into Colonial Suchitoto

Read part one of four from Saludemos El Salvador.

SUCHITOTO

One of El Salvador’s selling points is its density. Not only does it have the highest population density in Central America, but it has a little bit of everything in such a short distance. Still within an hour’s drive of the capital city, we found ourselves in a colonial town that looked untouched for centuries. Suchitoto is Antigua, Guatemala before the tourism. Continue reading