“Why So Cerros?” Verde National Park

by | Nov 21, 2021 | El Salvador, November 2021: El Salvador, Weekend Trips | 0 comments

 

Sunsets and volcanoes: I’m a sucker for any variation of the combination.

Today we began with a lazy morning taking turns obtaining negative test results for COVID-19 so we could return home. In lieu of visiting local clinics, I packed 7 BinaxNOW home test kits I had ordered ahead on emed.com for everyone on the trip.

 

 

All you need is 20 minutes on a laptop with a webcam. After an online proctor verifies you performed and interpreted your test correctly, you’re good to go!

 

 

Brandon had a near miss obtaining an inconclusive test result, but a spare test kit I had luckily packed got him through on a second attempt. 

Beginning our day at 11am and after picking up some local Salvadorean coffee, we drove up to the top of Los Cerros National Park, aka Volcanoes National Park.

 

 

We paid the $3 admission fee and with a quick bathroom break we immediately befriended a group of Salvadorean locals curious to our presence. Our group of 7 then became 15.

 

 

Assisted by our driver Loretta, we found a trailhead to begin a half an hour hike with our last minute assigned guide Enrique. Our favorite were the views over Lake Coatepeque:

 

 

…and the trees of love:

 

 

After nearly 2 hours here, we then drove back down to the side of the volcano of Santa Ana where we devoured the numerous street stalls served on the side of the road:

 

 

It’s a vibe here too:

 

 

We then drove back to Lake Coatepeque proper for a quick dive and swim while watching the sunset:

 

 

Hard to beat these vanilla skies:

 

 

Returning back to the city at night, we dropped off Nina to see an old childhood friend from San Salvador while we dined at a local Salvadorean restaurant for our last dance with fresh pupusas, tamales, empanadas, elotes, …the works.

 

 

Then it was back to our rooftop batcave before our hotel closed at 10pm. 

Back to dissecting each other’s personal legends and most hidden of secrets.

 

 

- At time of posting in Los Cerros National Park, it was 16 °C - Humidity: 88% | Wind Speed: 8km/hr | Cloud Cover: partly cloudy

 

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