El Salvador Mondongo Soup

The Best Soup in El Salvador is from Sopa el Mondongo

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Every now and then, while travelling, you stumble across something wonderful. Whether a hidden beach in a secluded cove, a spectacular landscape, or something a simple as a cool dive bar or an interesting piece of art; you walk away elevated — content on the highest level. This happened to us while visiting San Miguel, in Southeastern El Salvador. It was here that we found one of the best restaurants in the region, and arguably the best soup in El …

Wooden watchtower beside a sign that reads "El Tunco" with a beach in the background

Complete Guide to Playa El Tunco, El Salvador: Backpacker Playground

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Updated: December 2019! Almost every backpacker destination has one. In Thailand, it’s Bangkok’s Khao San Road; in Nepal, it’s Thamel. Here in El Salvador, you’ve got the famous El Tunco. This once-sleepy coastal town has exploded in recent years into the country’s biggest backpacker hub. Nearly every traveller who passes through the region will stop in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador — for many, it’s their only stop. Though little more than two streets, this town packs a serious punch …

Backpacking El Salvador [The Ultimate Travel Guide]

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“Don’t Skip El Salvador.” It’s a slogan found all over the tiny country, grasping at the tourism market that seems to have passed it by. Wedged between three rapidly growing destinations of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; the smallest of the group is often overlooked by travellers. Having spent nearly two months backpacking El Salvador, over multiple visits, we’ve decided to help shed some light. Let us help you explore this fascinating little nation with this El Salvador travel …

Man sits by a lake with two volcanoes in the background at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Reflecting on Five Months Central America

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It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

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How to Get from El Tunco to Leon; or: Travel is the Worst

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*Updated January 2019 This is an account of one of many such journeys throughout our years of travel. Although experiences are rarely so interesting as this one, from time to time, travel days don’t always go as far as expected or planned. Our recent trip via bus from El Tunco to Leon (El Salvador to Nicaragua), is one such experience. Skip to the Tips! Though the bulk of this post is a story of our day/evening/night/morning, if you’re planning this …

At Least the Coconuts were Free…

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Being budget travellers we’re always looking for ways to stretch the dollars as far as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer your time in exchange for food and accommodation. While it isn’t quite as helpful as actually earning an income, we just aren’t yet in a position to make that happen, simply not spending anything is better than nothing. However, on some rare occasions, the description of the situations are slightly misleading to what …

Cliff Jumping in El Salvador

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El Tunco is typically known for two things, either a quick stopover point after crossing into El Salvador from Guatemala, or for surfing. Considering the rocky coastline and our lack of surfing skills, we fit into the first category. A few short hours on a bus from Antigua to El Tunco, or five chicken busses over an entire day to get to anywhere else in El Salvador, it wasn’t a tough decision…

Recipe: Curtido [Latin Pickled Slaw]

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This might very well be one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It originally accompanied another recipe on this site. However, seeing as curtido compliments so many other foods, we decided it deserves its own post. During our first day in El Salvador is when we encountered curtido for the first time. The simple yet perfect pupusa, national dish of the country, is never served without this delicious slaw. Almost like a Latin sourkraut, the sharpness of the vinegar, …

Recipe: Vigorón [Yuca con Chicharrón]

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Vigoron. Found on street corners and kitchens throughout Central America, primarily Nicaragua and Costa Rica. While technically a salad, it resembles one only in the vaguest way. While consisting of only three components, it requires all three to avoid it being a confusing or outright unenjoyable mess. We first saw this interesting mixture for the first time on the streets of Santa Ana, El Salvador. Though we were curious, the long, chaotic lines surrounding the food carts steered us away …