After posting Sucked In: The El Salv Vortex, it occurred to me that there are three things I wanted to mention but forgot to include. Without further ado…
1. When we’ve told people that we were either planning to or, now, have already traveled in El Salvador the first question they typically ask is, “Is it safe?”
I think the answer is implied in our first post about El Salvador, but I want to address the question directly. The answer is YES and the reason is because the locals understand the value that the tourism industry brings to their country. Yes, there is some government corruption (where isn’t there?) and there is some gang/drug related violence that is rumored to occur in certain cities, but the locals keep that riff raff separate and out of site of tourists. Not only did we personally not witness any violence, none of the other travelers we met during our stay did either.
As long as you’re not walking around late at night with a full wallet, waving around your iPhone, etc. acting like a fool, you shouldn’t run into any trouble. Be aware, be respectful, don’t be stupid and you’ll find that most countries are “safe”.
2. In El Salvador the currency is actually U.S. dollars, which made us feel like we were spending a lot more money than we actually were. I realize this doesn’t make a lot of sense in comparison to when you’re say in Indonesia and $1 USD is equivalent to 10,000 Rupiah and you’re spending 70,000 IDR a night for a room, but there is something about having to do the conversions that makes it seem, for lack of a better description, less real than spending dollars.
3. Any good traveler will tell you how SICK AND TIRED we get of drinking Pilsner beer day in and day out, not that we drink every day or anything. What makes stomaching all this Pilsner even more difficult for us is that we are from the Pacific Northwest- home of some of the best microbrews around. Well one of the best things about staying at Hotel Mopelia was the bar! It’s one of the only establishments in town that serves IPAs, Ambers and Reds made locally in San Salvador by Cadejo Brewing Company. Additionally, they serve a drink called the Michelada Negro which consists a lot of lime juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper with Pilsner. Sounds intense, tastes amazing!
…that’s all. Buena Onda!