Guatemala para El Salvador

Da Guatemala para El Salvador

Da Guatemala chegamos a fronteira com El Salvador, na cidade de Las Chinamas, as 11 da manha e a passagem na fronteira se da sobre a ponte do Rio Paz. Mesma burocracia quanto ao documento de importacao temporaria do veiculo, a vantagem aqui e que desde 2006 ha um acordo entre os 4 paises da America Central(Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras e Nicaragua) em que turistas que entram em um destes paises legalmente, nao necessitam de permissao nos outros 3, desde que a permissao de estadia ainda esteja valida, e ela e normalmente de 90 dias, assim nao ha burocracia quanto a verificacao de passaporte. Menos mal...

El Salvador tambem tem na sua historia pre-hispanica influencia Maya, Chorti e Tolteca, assim que tambem aqui existem areas arqueologicas mas mais evidenciadas sao as igrejas antigas, muitas delas verdadeiras maravilhas arquitetonicas. Muito artesanato tipico como pecas tecidas no tear, figuras de barro retratando principalmente fatos religiosos e artesanato tipico muito colorido e usando a materia prima local, como palha de milho, coco, dentes e ossos de "tiburon" e peixes. No turismo existem a rota artesanal, rota das flores, rota de La Paz(uma das provincias) na qual se encontra a cidade de Perquin - cenario do conflito civil em El Salvador e considerada a capital do movimento revolucionario e a Rota Artesanal. Existem aqui muitos cerros, montanhas, rios caudalosos, cascatas e vulcoes (um deles chamado Volcan Izalco - mesmo nome do hotel onde ficamos).

Hoje, domingo, 15 de setembro comemoram aqui 182 anos da Independencia, ou como dizem por aqui "Dia do Grito da Liberdade". Estes cinco paises - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua e Costa Rica, constituiam a Centroamerica - como se fossem um so pais e cuja primeira capital foi La Antigia - na Guatemala (lembram que comentei isso na pagina da Guate...) e por isso que todos eles possuem o mesmo dia da Independencia - 15 de setembro - libertaram-se do dominio Espanhol. Separam-se somente Belize e Panama.

De sexta ate domingo ficamos no Hotel Izalco Cabanas Club - que fica no km 65.5 da Boulevard Costa Del Sol -  onde estacionamos o motorhome, com luz e agua, e pudemos usar todas as dependencias do Hotel que tem uma bela piscina de frente para o mar do oceano pacifico e restaurante com um cardapio de alimentacao muito diversificado. inclusive experimentamos uma iguaria tipica daqui chamada "pupusas" que nao estava incluida no cardapio mas que o gerente do Hotel Edgardo Tobar, fez questao de providenciar de um fornecedor conhecido seu para que pudessemos experimentar - e parecido com a poleta dai recheada com queijo e carne de porco. Muito bom. Alias Edgardo foi a pessoa que nos deu as boas vindas e que nao mediu esforcos para que passassemos um belo final de semana. E, se um dia tiverem a chance de passar por aqui, certifiquem-se de hospedar-se no Hotel Izalco que serao maravilhosamente recepcionados pelo gerente Edgardo e seu competente staff de funcionarios. Ficamos muito agradecidos, Edgardo...muchas gracias por todo!

Daqui cruzaremos amanha, 16 de setembro, a fronteira para Honduras, mas so atravessaremos o pais e seguiremos direto para Nicaragua. Daniel me pediu para incluir que a moeda aqui e o dolar americano...

 

From Guatemala to El Salvador

From Guatemala we entered El Salvador through the border town of Las Chinamas at 11 in the morning and the crossing happens on the same bridge over the  Paz river. Same paperwork regarding the temporary vehicle import forms to fill out. The advantage here is that as of 2006 there is an agreement among the 4 countries of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador. Nicaragua and Costa Rica) in which the tourist who legally enters one of these countries doesn't have to have any visa or permit in the other 3 as far as your permit is still valid and they are normally issued for 90 days, so no paperwork as far as passports are concerned...better!

In its prehispanic History El Salvador also had the influence of the Mayas, Chorti and Toltecas, so here too there are several archaeological sites but more important here are the ancient churches some of them real work of art. Many local crafts like colorful weaving, clay figures picturing religious facts and typical artifacts using local raw materials as corn husk, bones and teeth of fish and shark, coconut. Regarding tourism there  are the Ruta de Las Flores(flower route), Ruta Artesanal (Crafts route), Ruta de La Paz(Peace route) where is located the town of Perquin - scene of the civil conflict in El Salvador and considered the capital of the revolutionary movement. Here there are several hills and mountains, rivers, waterfalls and volcanos (one of them called Izalco - same name as the hotel we stayed at).

Today, september 15th, they commemorate 182 years of Independence, or as they say here "Liberty Cry Day". These five countries - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica - constituted Centroamerica as if it was one country - under Hispanic dominion - and their first capital was La Antigua, in Guatemala(remember I mentioned that in the page of Guatemala...)and this is why all of them commemorate their independence in the same day - september 15th. The only two separate are Belize and Panama.

From Friday to Sunday we stayed at Hotel Izalco Cabana Club - Blvd Costa del Sol, km.65.5 - where we parked the RV and had water and electricity provided and were allowed to use all hotel facilities like the nice beachfront  pool, restaurant with varied choices and we were able to try a typical meal called "pupusas" which were not included in the menu but since I mentioned I would like to try them the hotel manager Edgardo made an effort to have them delivered to us at dinner time so that we would have the chance to taste it. It's similar to Brazilian "polenta" stuffed with cheese and  pork meat. Very good! By the way Edgardo was the person who welcomed us and made his best so that we would have a pleasing stay. And if you happen to be around, make sure you stop and stay at Hotel Izalco that we are sure Manager Edgardo and his efficient staff will do their best to please you.Thanks Edgardo for everything...muchas gracias por todo!

Tomorow, Monday september 16th, we will cross over to Honduras, cross the country and go directly into Nicaragua. Daniel asked me to add that the local currency is the American dollar...

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Sandy and Bob | Reply 18.09.2013 11.48

We are enjoying your commentary and photos! You two are awesome. What an adventure for you. Some of the roads look better than in Brazil.

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