It’s always a nervous feeling crossing into a new country so we try and have an early start and not have a big riding day after we into a new country. We crossed into El Salvador on Sunday, November 14th and spent the night in Santa Ana, a non-descript town. We arrived early afternoon to find that the entire town had lost it’s power and water supply. Both came back on around 4pm to our satisfaction as we needed to get caught up on emails and the blog. We stocked up on some groceries in one of the nicest supermarkets that we’ve come across since the Walmart in La Paz, Mexico.
During our initial planning stages, we thought about crossing from Guatemala into Honduras and visiting the Copan ruins. After Teotihuacan in Mexico and more recently Tikal in Guatemala, we were all ruined out and as we had decided not to do the northern coastal towns of Honduras which are famous for it’s diving; decided to hit the coast of El Salvador for a few days before crossing into Honduras to make our way to Nicaragua. The exit out of Guatemala was effortless as we had to cancel our import permits for the bikes, get stamped out and then proceed to the El Salvadorian side. This process took longer than expected, as we were joking around with the Aduna official, but was painless and we had an interesting conversation nonetheless. The El Salvadorian Migracion official said that it was not necessary to be stamped into the country; however after insisting as I didn’t want to have problems when we tried to exit, we now have a stamp in our passport that shows that we entered the country.
|Aduna - El Salvador|
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Photos added to the El Salvador photo album.