Sightseeing, eats, cool things to do in El Salvador, South East Coast

**Any trip can be arranged if you are willing to cover the costs for the driver, his pay for the day and a small fee for La Tortuga Verde. Please realize on these trips (they are not our official tours) you are on your own and it is up to you to have a good time. It will be an adventure and with a positive outlook and an anything goes attitude you will enjoy the ride.

Sightseeing, eats, cool things to do in El Salvador, South East Coast

 

Long description below:

 

Allegria (Mountain Top Dining – Drive inside a Volcano)

 

Abandoned Village of Las Tenances (Hiking or Horseback)

 

Mountain Village of Conchagua(Church, Artists Market, Pupusas)

 

Cooking Lunch Inside a Volcano (Really.. this is not a joke)

 

Lunch at Las Tunas (Bathing Suit optional)

 

Cleopatra Day Spa (Day of Beauty for Men or Women)

 

Sail Boating (A Drive and Sail Adventure)

 

Paintball and Rifle Range (Some of us just feel the need to…) It would take as long it takes to fire off whatever you call a lot of ammo.

 

Mountain Village of Perquien: (War Museum & Waterfall)

 

Hoola Hooping!! – Ask us to use one of our sweet hoola hoops

 

**Any trip can be arranged if you are willing to cover the costs for the driver, his pay for the day and a small fee for La Tortuga Verde. Please realize on these trips (they are not our official tours like you read above) you are on your own and it is up to you to have a good time. It will be an adventure and with a positive outlook and an anything goes attitude you will enjoy the ride.

 

Allegria (Mountain Top Dining – Drive inside a Volcano)

The trip to the little village of Allegria, located high up in the coffee growing regions outside of San Miguel, takes about an hour each way by car up and down a beautifully tree lined paved road. Although there are many wonderful things to say about Allegria… really… its all about the air. The air is just a pleasure to breathe (there’s just no other way to put it) and when you’re on your way back down and hit the normal sea air you’ll understand. The trip starts with lunch at the Cartajena Restaurant which is a classic hacienda – vivero (greenhouse) with an amazing 180 degree view across the valley and up into the mountain villages that border the country of Honduras. The vivero with an amazing array of indigenous plants, bromeliads and ornamental tress is also a kind of mini zoo with over 100 feathered roosters, hens, toucans, parrots and doves. After lunch we take a short 15 minute drive literally into a volcano and around the inside rim till we find a shaded campsite to pitch our towels a take a relaxing siesta. Inside the volcano there are many hiking and walking trails where you can wonder off and dream. The volcano is filled with a beautiful yellowish green water but I’ve never seen anybody swimming in it as it has a strong sulfur smell. The drive to and from the volcano offers views of the ocean from 30 miles inland and is really spectacular.

 

Abandoned Village of Las Tenances (Hiking or Horseback)

The first part of the trip to the abandoned village of Las Tenacaes starts with a short 10 minute car ride to the bottom of the mountain of Cerro Patanilla.

(As the story goes the water unexpectedly ran out 18 years ago and so everyone just picked up and left!!) You then have the option to continue by foot or horseback. As you ascend to the village past gigantic trees planted over a 100 years ago you pass the natural spring watering hole (there is still water there for the local cows) and the abandoned super deep hand dug stone lined well. Upon entering the village you see many hand made adobe houses in various degrees of decay. The trip includes walking inside the abandoned houses and looking and scavengering around as many old bottles, horseshoes, and day to day wooden objects are just lying around for the pickings. The trip also includes feeding and milking the locals cows and sampling the local cheese made from the cows you milked. You can also keep the milk from the cows that you milked!!.

 

Mountain Village of Conchagua(Church, Artists Market, Pupusas)

The trip starts with a 35 minute car ride to the village of Conchagua which is perched in the mountains overlooking the town of La Union providing a fantastic view of the Gulf of Fonseca, border terrain of Honduras and Nicaragua and the extinct volcano of Conchagua. The town is also famous for sitting outside in front of the beautifully restored church and enjoying the cool ocean and mountain breeze as you sample the food from the local papusarias which are all lined up in row selling exactly the same food. On Sunday the park in front of the church turns into an artisans market providing a sampling of all sorts of cool hand made artistic objects and food other than papusas perfect for taking back to your hotel room for some late night munchies!!

 

Cooking Lunch Inside a Volcano (Really.. this is not a joke)

The trip starts with a car ride to San Miguel and then up the volcano road way past the coffee plantation mentioned above to an abandoned coffee plantation where the active live steam vents of the volcano are right there in front of you right next to the car. There we set up camp and start to cook our lunch using the steam vents of the volcano to heat and cook our food as you walk and hike around the plantation and enjoy the fabulous views and delicious mountain air. (we don’t actually cook inside the volcano… were you thinking fresh fish over hot lava??) The way it works is that you wrap potatoes , eggs, vegetables, shrimp, fish, bread and what ever else you want in tin foil and stick it in one of the vents and the steaming hot air of the volcano cooks the food instantly. The vents are small so you use several vents to cook the meal. It’s kind of fun running back and forth between steam vents making sure your food doesn’t over cook as the steam is extremely hot and cooks your meal within seconds.

 

Lunch at Las Tunas (Bathing Suit optional)

Las Tunas is a medium sized fishing village located just across the river from the other side of the Island of Icacal. (That’s the island directly across from our La Bocana property at the end of the road in Esteron.) You could actually walk there along the beach from our hotel (crossing 2 rivers) but I’m sure it would take you at least like an hour and half to get there… and I’m not to sure you’d be in the mood to walk home after lunch although you could walk there and catch a taxi back for $20. I am not saying the food is better at Las Tunas and I’m not saying that ocean view is better at Las Tunas but the experience is definitely unique. The ocean front village over the years has kind of built up into a place to go for lunch as they don’t serve breakfast of dinner. What makes the experience so unique is that they actually built the restaurants (they cluster like 5 of them on this man made mini-island) out a little ways into the ocean and so at high tide you actually need to wade calf deep into the water to make your way to your table. (Some times when the tide is high and the surf is up the waves actually come crashing into the restaurant and you have pull back or your meal will get swept right off your table.) They have a wide variety of seafood and specialize in fresh oysters.

 

Cleopatra Day Spa (Day of Beauty for Men or Women)

Although we have a Spa Room with massage table at the La Tortuga Verde property there is nothing quite like a Day of Beauty at the Cleopatra Day Spa located in the center of San Miguel. The trip starts with a 35 minute car ride to San Miguel and then 2 to 3 hours of pure relaxation as the professional female attendants massage your hands and feet and provide facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, hair coloring and tinting and all of the services one would expect to find at a full service salon in the most comfortable to die for reclining oversized tufted chaise lounge chair I’ve ever sat in. I fall asleep every time I’m there.

 

Sail Boating (A Drive and Sail Adventure)

The Sail Boat adventure starts with a 40 minute car ride to the end of the road in Tamarindo and then onto the 40 foot single mast sailboat. Half day and full day sailboat trips are available where you can visit in and around the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca or just cruise out into the ocean and deep sea fish or look for and sneak up on turtles. If you want you can take the sailboat ride back from Tamarindo to the hotel and swim ashore.

 

Paintball and Rifle Range (Some of us just feel the need to…)

On the way into San Miguel there is a rifle and shooting range located a short 25 minute drive from the hotel. I’ve only been there once years ago but I do remember it was really cool and offered shotgun, rifle and pistol rental at a very reasonable rate. I see where there is a new sign there along the road in front of the place that says Paintball and so I assume they now have paintball there but at the time of writing this website I haven’t checked it out yet so I’ll have to get back to you on that.

 

Mountain Village of Perquien: (War Museum & Waterfall)

The trip starts by driving to San Miguel and then making your way up the paved mountain road that borders Honduras to the village of Perquin. As you pass the town of Goterra half way up the mountain (there is a quaint marketplace there worth visiting for a 15 minute break) you start to notice how all of the soil seems to disappear and that everywhere around you, although green, is crumbling white rock referred to in the States as DG or decomposed granite. This unique terrain sets the stage for the perfect waterfall habitat and perfect it is. The visit to the waterfall is always a fun adventure and well worth the drive. You can even climb up the side of the waterfall and follow the flowing water to your own secret pool or hang out below in the super large pool which is ideal for swimming, diving and just plain having a ball. When you are at the bottom of the falls it’s like standing next to the largest air conditioning unit in the world.!! After that it’s off to the War Museum which everyone raves about but remember you are in El Salvador so it’s not really what you would call a museum but rather a collection under lock and key of artifacts from the war including helicopter parts, bomb fragments, antique cars, radios, communication equipment, lots of photos and propaganda posters which pretty much does make it a museum. There is a small entry fee, like a $1 or $2 and tipping the guard that watches over the place is appreciated. The trip also includes a fabulous lunch at the Per Linkin Restaurant and Lodge with it’s commanding view of the mountains that divide the countries of El Salvador and Honduras. The food at the restaurant is all fresh and cooked to order but the best part about the place is that they have fresh baked cookies, homemade granola, marmalades, honeys, and other yummy treats to go which is ideal for taking back to the hotel and adding to your late night muchies bag.

 

Horseback Riding (Right from the Hotel)

Just think about the idea of having your horse come right up to you room and taking you for a ride along the beach at any time of the day or night. That’s what we offer… you design the fantasy and we deliver it.

 

Hoola Hooping!! – Ask us to use one of our sweet hoola hoops

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