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Visiting El Salvador  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 943 times:

Are there any members here from El Salvador?
I've been curious about visiting El Salvador for quite sometime now. Now a lady friend in San Salvador wants me to come visit.
My friends here from El Salvador tell me not to go because they say it's dangerous. Just how dangerous is it?
Is there a lot of fun things to do down there?
What is the best time to go?


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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4319 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 939 times:

Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
My friends here from El Salvador tell me not to go because they say it's dangerous. Just how dangerous is it?

I bet is not as dangerous as many parts of supposedly 'safe' countries (including neighborhoods in my own country or yours).

I would venture to say El Salvador is not widly more or less dangerous than Brazil or Mexico, yet Brazil is visited by a few million people a year and Mexico by tens of millions.



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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 933 times:

I haven't found it overly dangerous the times I've been there... then again, I only need to go as far as my own city center to get mugged.  irked  As long as you use common sense, you'll be fine.

Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to have some authentic Salvadorean pupusas. Yummy-licious!  yummy 



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):
Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to have some authentic Salvadorean pupusas. Yummy-licious!

Oh I just LOVE papusas!  yes 
YUM, YUM, YUM!

Quoting Derico (Reply 1):
El Salvador is not widly more or less dangerous than Brazil or Mexico, yet Brazil is visited by a few million people a year and Mexico by tens of millions.

I hear you there.

Keep in mind, many Salvadorians here left during the war. So perhaps there last memories of El Salvador was a war torn country.
How are th eroad conditions crossing over to Guatemala?
Since it's so close by, I mine as well cross over to see Guatemala.



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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 923 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
How are th eroad conditions crossing over to Guatemala?

Pretty decent, or so I've heard. Mind you, working for the Salvadorean flagship carrier, I always got to fly there... Big grin I've been told it's about 5 hours from San Salvador to Guatemala City by car.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 916 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 4):
working for the Salvadorean flagship carrier, I always got to fly there

Wow, that sounds like that was a great experience.
You know, I found this really cool website regarding travel to Guatemala. Is this site an accurate assessment of what to expect or is the place a dump?


http://www.visitguatemala.com



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 914 times:

My experience is limited to the airport and the city, but I've been to San Salvador a couple of times and didn't consider it any more or less unsafe than other Central American countries. And that included getting out of the hotel and walking around by myself, which is how I like to see the cities.


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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 910 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
You know, I found this really cool website regarding travel to Guatemala. Is this site an accurate assessment of what to expect or is the place a dump?

That's the site for the Guatemala Tourist Commission, i.e. the official government institution dealing with everything tourism. And as much as I have a not-so-flattering opinion of this government (and the one before this one, and the one before the one before this one, and... you get the idea), I gotta say the INGUAT is one of the few institutions that is really doing a good job.

So, to summarize (and avoid looking like AerospaceFan in the process  eek  ), yes, the site is accurate.

- Carmen



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17829 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 909 times:

We flew into SAL, and that night drove up to Santa Ana where we walked around (about 2300 local) and then the next morning did the Ruta de las Flores which hits about a half dozen cool mountain towns. That night we stayed at the beach on the Pacific and flew out the next day. All of us are muy gringo, and never once did we feel unsafe. We also look broke, in general, so that may help.

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):
some authentic Salvadorean pupusas

I know I tried a couple, but they were kinda lacking sabor...maybe I missed something?



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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 906 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):
Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to have some authentic Salvadorean pupusas. Yummy-licious!

Qué rico !!!

Tell me how's the situation with Maras overther. Last thing I heard was that it was pretty bad !



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 899 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 7):
So, to summarize (and avoid looking like AerospaceFan in the process ), yes, the site is accurate.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 
Thanks for the clarification!

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 6):
I've been to San Salvador a couple of times and didn't consider it any more or less unsafe than other Central American countries.

That's good to know.

Carmenlu15:
You've made me very hungry.
I should have started this thread tomorrow. My favorite Salvadorian restaurant (La Santaneca) is closed today.  Sad
Damn I LOVE pupusas!



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