Tuesday, 19 May 2015


This time last month... We were in El Salvador and it couldn't be less scary. We kickstarted the day with an 8am briefing detailing the things we could do this morning in Suchitoto before we drove to Ataco. Wandering into town for brekky, I didn't feel like I was in El Salvador. It felt perfectly safe. The church was chiming for Sunday morning mass, families were gathering in the central plaza where a giant bouncy castle was being blown up, and the ladies were making tortillas for breakfast outside the different restaurants.

Half of the group had decided to take a city tour with Luis our guide to make the most of being in Suchitoto. It was only 10 USD for 3 hours - great price! So off we went visiting the market stalls, helping the school children with their project (doing homework on a Sunday - top marks!), observing a smidge of Sunday morning mass, seeing a small, family run factory in operation, stumbling upon a carnival in the street, trying the local delicacy pupusas, making tortillas, rolling cigars, impressive views of the lake, stroking some very cute kittens and puppies and, finally, ending up in an art museum. It was hot and humid beyond words, but a really enjoyable morning's tour. 

We left at 1pm for Ataco and arrived at our new hotel around half 4. We looked at the different options for tomorrow's activities, but Olivia and I decided to explore independently and see what happened. Later that evening we all went out for dinner at a local Sports bar and played some pool. I finally got my G&Ts!

Our hotel for the next two nights was Hotel Segen. Nice place but very noisy. All through the tour, if it wasn't dogs, it was cockerels, and if it wasn't cockerels, it was dogs. I was totally prepared for this - took earplugs - and then lost them. WiFi in the rooms. No dining area but they do have a fridge full of drinks at Reception. Laundry service. The compound is locked at night. Rooms open outwards to the central courtyard / garden area so very sociable accommodation. Nice size rooms and bathrooms. Fan and TV in bedroom.