Laguna de Alegria
After the heat of Suchitoto we wanted a night in the mountains so we headed along the Panamericana towards the highest town in El Salvador, Alegria. The drive from the Panamerican into the mountains was very pretty on a good paved road. In fact the roads in El Salvador have been very good, few potholes and almost everything is paved. We reached the small town of Alegria at just over 1000m and drove through and up a very steep and cobbled road to the crater of the Tecapa Volcano. This is called the Laguna de Alegria and is a popular tourist spot. We paid the $1 entry fee and this entitled us to camp the night there. The water of the lake is a vibrant green and the water itself is a bit sulphurous. Just down from where we parked up there was a vendor under a tarp selling Pupusas which are the national dish of El Salvador. We tried this tortilla wrapped potato, cheese and meat pasty and it was very tasty – $1 for three. The night at the laguna was very quiet and cool and we woke refreshed in the morning ready to leave El Salvador and head into Honduras.