Safe and Secure in El Salvador

Trip Start Oct 11, 2010
Trip End Mar 09, 2011

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Contrary to what most of you probably thought, we didn’t settle on Central America solely because of the potential for great surf. But, that said it was definitely an important factor (for me at least!). With that in mind, I was really looking forward to El Salvador. We had heard great things from other travellers about this often-overlooked country and were keen to see what all the fuss was about. 

We spent our first night in San Salvador. The capital is right in the middle of the country and so makes a convenient base for your travels. Although US -imported gang culture is famously rife here, we stuck to the recommended areas and had no problems. It struck me that an exception to the region’s economic woes would definitely be the security businesses operating out of San Salvador. Every house was adorned with a crown of razor wire, and even the Mexican restaurant we went to had a generic heavily-armed security guard ready to welcome us in with a sombre stare.
As it turns out, all los Salvorenos we met were, without exception, ace. Hardworking, straight-talking and with a great sense of humour (stick that in your lonely hearts column)  they did a great job of spreading the word that the war is well and truly over and El Salvador is open for your tourist dollar. 
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