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Helping you travel longer for less... Current destination: El Salvador - October 2016

El Imposible Hiking & Camping in El Salvador

El Imposible National Park in El Salvador offers free camping and three hiking trails to keep you busy. Find out what you can see as you explore the paths and lookouts.

Casa Frolaz Hostel: Home Away From Home in Santa Ana

Casa Frolaz & Quattro Estaciones is a quiet oasis away from the hustle of downtown Santa Ana – find out why this garden hostel-restaurant is the friendliest place in town.

Barra de Santiago: Releasing Sea Turtles on the Beach!

Releasing sea turtles is a top bucket list item in Central America – you can do it at Barra de Santiago but find out why you might want to wait for a better experience…

Ataco: Ruta de las Flores Base Village

Ataco is the best base for exploring Ruta de las Flores. Other villages start to fade mid-afternoon, while Ataco’s restaurant and bar scene are just getting started.

Juayua Food Fair & Los Chorros de Calera

Juayua is the most popular village on Ruta de las Flores with their weekly food fair. Los Chorros de Calera is also a fun swimming hole just outside town. Find out what is on the menu inside.

Mexico Exit Fee via Land Border Crossings

Mexico does in fact have a 390 peso exit fee if you stay over 7 days in the country. Find out if you already paid it, how to pay it if you didn’t, and how to avoid paying it again.

Border Crossing: Valle Nuevo to Las Chinamas

The border crossing from Valle Nuevo, Guatemala to Las Chinamas, El Salvador is extremely painless, except the chicken bus transfer in Guatemala City. Find out how to get from Antigua to Ahuachapan for the Ruta de las Flores.

Eat & Stay at Los Portones de Ataco, Ruta de Las Flores!

Eat, drink, sleep & be merry at Los Portones de Ataco, a cafe-hotel located on the Ruta de las Flores – find out why it’s the perfect hub for exploring this beautiful region of El Salvador.

Ahuachapan & Los Ausoles Geysers

Ahuachapan is a pleasant intro to El Salvador, and home to Los Ausoles geysers. Find out how this Ruta de las Flores endpoint powers the country.

La Casa de Mamapan: #1 Hotel in Ahuachapan

Stay in the heart of Ahuachapan in a gorgeous 19th century building, with comfort & character – find out why La Casa de Mamapan is easily the best hotel in town.

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