We made our way to Juayua which is a sleepy little town in the mountains. It sits along a scenic stretch of highway called La Ruta de las Flores which is known for its coffee and floral plantations.
This town was a very nice place to visit. It was clean (at least by Central American standards) and quiet with a mellow vibe which was just what we needed after being so horrified by Santa Ana. The town had a little plaza area with a lovely church and market place. There were lots of murals painted all over and you could see that the locals worked at keeping this place as nice as they could.
The only downside to our visit there was that the room we had came with quite a few “exotic beetles”. We didn’t really notice that we had visitors on our first night but the second night we were woken up by the sounds of cockroaches scrambling around our room. These critters were big! We got up and killed a couple thinking that we had gotten them all but as soon as the light went out more came out of the cracks. Needless to say, we spent a couple sleepless nights.
We met a couple at our hostel that told us about a clinic in the town that specializes in testing for parasites. We decided to have ourselves checked and sure enough, we both had giardia….ack! The local doctor gave us three types of medication that we have to take for 10 days to rid ourselves of our cooties. This is why we’re traveling to these countries when we’re young…..
We ventured into San Salvador on Christmas Eve and spoiled ourselves with two nights at the Hilton (special thanks to Mom & Dad Gullett for the sponsorship). It’s tradition in Central America to light fireworks at Christmas and so when midnight rolled around, the skies of San Salvador lit up. It was amazing to see the entire city skyline with so many colors and the collective noise of 3 million people setting off fireworks was pretty impressive. Sure wish we did that in Canada!