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Aug 15, 2006 - RUINAS TAZUMAL - APANECA - El Salvador

Der Reisetag von Lago de Coatepeque bewies, dass die Freuden des Lebens auf dem Weg und nicht am Ende des Weges liegen. Die Reise nach Apaneca war einiges spannender als der eigentliche Aufenthalt dort. Wir machten auf halbem Weg in Tazumal halt, um die damals sogenannte einflussreichste Mayastaette auf heutigen Boden El Salvadors zu besichtigen. Nachdem ich vor vier Jahren aber ettliche imposante Mayaruinen in Mexico besucht habe, konnte mich Tazumal nicht wirklich ueberzeugen, aber was solls, war ein Versuch wert. Der 15. August war auch...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Jul 30, 2006 - Near Death Experiences, Hotties, and Tamales - Tacuba, El Salvador

Thinking that canyoning was all in all a goodtime, we signed up for another day of adventures with Manolo the great. This time he planned a day of mountain biking for us. Things werent lookin too hot when we were introduced to our bikes. Neither really had breaks, but what the hell, couldnt be that bad .... but oooh it was. The ride was up the side of a mountain, that instead of a road had a path covered with boulders, trees, all the good stuff designed for smooth rides. On top of it all, most of the climb was near vertical. After half an...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Canyoning - El Salvador Style

Finally after almost 6 weeks on the road a blog has been started. It will be updated starting from the beginning of the mad adventures we call life here. After our week of doing absolutely nothing other than holding extended birthday celebrations for Denis at Lago Cuatopeque here in El Salvador, our plans to leave the country changed drastically, and send us east, in search of more adventure. Now based out of Tacuba, El Salvador, a tiny village on the edge of the National Park Imposible we plan on a few days of jungle trekking. Today our...

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Oct 28, 2005 - 10%Reality, 90%Perception

In the meantime, life continues to roll along for us blissfully (its almost November and the skies are clear, we're wearing shorts and shorts, the flowers and trees are blooming...who could complain?). Spanish class with our private tutor for 4 hours a day is challenging with lots of highs and lows. As soon as I think I'm making progress, a wall comes up and smashes me in the face. There are many "aha" moments and also frustrating moments but a teacher of mine once said "if you are feeling angry or mad, that's good, it means you're...

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The Travellin Ts

Apr 16, 2005 - Monterrico

I tried posting this one in Montericco, but the damn bugs wouldn't leave me along in the internet cafe. Unbelievable...I left that place with more bug bites than I know what to do with. But here's the picture; unbelievably beautiful beaches, 6-8 foot waves (mostly shore break, so no good surfing...that said, we all know that I'm a big panzi, and would've wimped out anyway), huge amounts of trash, and pigs crusing around the beach and streets picking through the garbage. That was hilarous. Quite a bit of humidity, but no bugs....until...

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Apr 11, 2005 - Monterrico, GUATEMALA

We spent 3 hot, sultry days in Monterrico, a lazy fishing village on the black volcanic sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The village is technically an island surrounded by mangrove swamps and the powerful surf of the ocean. Besides body-surfing the rough surf and rip-tides, the chief attraction is the nature preserve where there are caimans, turtles, egrets, and many endangered fish and bird species. We made this last-minute addition to our itinerary when we discovered that our airplane tickets from Guatemala to the Yucatan did not...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Tacuba

Sonsonate looks much better in the morning light, but I don't care. I'm out of here! By midday, I reach the place I was heading to yesterday- Tacuba, or more specifically, Hostel Mama y Papa. The hostel is actually the Gonzalez family home and Mama and Papa welcome me with open arms and tell me to make myself at home. I collapse in to bed, claiming fatigue, and they pop in to check on me every hour or so: would I like a glass of juice, a coffee, maybe something to eat? Later I admit I have a fever and they are all solicitude- oh yes, you do...

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Ruth on the road

Mar 11, 2005 - Sonsonate, El Salvador

The only advice the Lonely Planet gives on getting from Guatemala to El Salvador is to take a tourist shuttle bus to San Salvador. But I want to go to Tacuba, near the Guatemala border, which would mean backtracking, I'm a chicken bus addict (tourist shuttle? Bleah!) and anyway, on the map it looks easy enough: Antigua to Escuintla, Escuintla to Chiquimulilla , Chiquimulilla to Cuidad Pedro de Alvarado on the Gutamalan side of the border. Cross the border to La Hachadura, La Hachadura to Cara Sucia (= dirty face, what a great name for a...

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Ruth on the road

Jan 5, 2004 - Border to El Salvador

January 5, 2004 Border in to El Salvador I don't think you could get used to the feeling that hits when you get close to a border in a country when you don't speak their langue, and they don't speak yours. Deep down inside you know all kind of things could go wrong with the wrong person or wrong interpretation. That's how we all felt as we left that cool winter's morning to travel thru the rest of the beautiful country called Guatemala. We had no quetzals, US money and needed gas and there are no cajerio automatica's (cash...

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