Our last night in Antigua… Christian and Iris at Hostel Antigueno (hands down the BEST place to stay in Antigua) and Volcan Fuego bid us a warm adios and buen viaje.
We decided to ignore the warnings of the certain death that awaited us in yet another very dangerous country… this time El Salvador. Of course the warnings always come from those world experts who have never been there. As usual we’re glad we did.
If you’re interested in visiting El Slavador here’s some key info.
Currency: US Dollar
Cost of beer: About a buck a bottle
Best beer: Frankly, they’re all pretty awful. Generally, we liked Pilsener the best… but that’s not saying much. There is an El Salvadoran craft brewing company named Cadejo. It’s twice as good as everything else, not widely available, and 2.5 times as expensive. Try it if you find it but $2.50 a whack is a little steep for a 10.5 oz bottle of beer.
Cost of diesel: $2.80 / gallon
Cost to camp: We averaged $15 a night.
If you go out to eat you’ll find the Food to be generally cheap… and boring. And like everywhere… if you want to spend a lot, there are places that will be willing to part you from your coin. We bought fish off the boat and veggies from local farms… and ate handsomely.
Overall: We stayed in El Slavador for roughly 3 weeks, and enjoyed it thoroughly. The beaches are great. The people are warm and friendly. And the roads are terrible.
Total daily expenses… about $55 a day.