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The really real El Salvador we know and love!

Don't miss this travelouge!!!!!

http://www.supertouchart.com/2008/08/12/road-trippinkelsey-brookes-on-the-loose-in-el-salvador/

 

 plus

http://www.southboundtravels.com/ Driving through Central America

 

http://www.vivatravelguides.com/central-america/el-salvador/el-salvador-articles/welcome-to-cinquera  our non profit rain forest and historical (recent civil conflict in El Salvador) project.

more:

on El Salvador

www.elsalvadorexperience.com/?lang=2

Nicely done travel site

More information

www.theotherelsalvador.com/

I would also recommend the 'Alpha Travel Guide
to Central America ', a no nonsense, practical portal
about and for all the Central American countries in
English, Spanish and Svenska

www.alfatravelguide.com/english/index.htm

No "bells and whistles"


EL SALVADOR, CENTRAL AMERICA'S HIDDEN GEM..
There are many lodging
bargains in El Salvador , but make sure you do not
stay
in the crowded, dangerous and polluted 'Centro' or
Downtown, when in San Salvador , stay in the western
part of town near Metrocentro Mall and the National
University, the lodgings located on pleasant tree
lined streets in nice areas, near San Salvador 's
'Bohemian District' for overview of nightlife check
out:

La Luna Casa y Arte
www.lalunacasayarte.com/ (español)

Virtual tour of El Salvador on...
www.4elsalvador.com/

www.travelpages.com/el-salvador/ ... 87001.ht...

and www.cityguides-worldwide.com/ElS ... /86998.htm


A great site for Budget-Moderate travel has many other
El Salvador city pages such as: Suchitoto, the
Colonial City where this website is based…

www.gaesuchitoto.com/

San Salvador city guide….An amazing city with lots
of
cultural and night life!

www.cityguides-worldwide.com/ElS ... /35653.htm

Upload in pdf the 'Guatemala Revue Magazine’
online…..
You shall view many, many Adverts and a few very
excellent
Articles on this on line edition, same as print
edition, which will give one a good overview of
Guatemalan and El Salvadorian travel, all the articles
Are archived.
pdf format only

url: www.revuemag.com/

The Guatemala Revue Magazine boasts large Guatemala
section, El Salvador section and smaller Belize and
Honduras sections. Monthly, in English.


TO THOSE INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS WHO SPEAK SPANISH

Turismo Interno

**When Central Americans do travel within the region,

usually on weekends or holiday periods, they travel

with family members in large groups. This is called

'turismo interno' - internal tourism. There are

many fine local guides, tour operators and

driver-owners in El Salvador that advertise locally

and will take visitors on tour with advance notice at

reasonable prices. If you speak Spanish you are able

to save a lot of money rather than go with the more

expensive inbound tourism outfits, as well as meeting

and travelling with locals, at times the locals may

invite you to their home after the tour, especially in

El Salvador or Nicaragua ! The local tour operators

advertise in the classified sections of the daily

newspapers and on Spanish language local Internet

portals.During holiday periods El Salvadorian

operators conduct excursions in Mexico , Guatemala ,

Honduras, Nicaragua , Costa Rica and some go as far as

Panama, prices and quality vary so check around,

always ask to inspect the vehicle first and inquire

with local friends as to which companies are

reliable or contact writer of this bloq.



Many locals in El Salvador often travel weekends to

make pilgrimages to Catholic Shrines in Antigua and

Escuintla, Guatemala, etc. Religion is practiced here

in El Salvador by a large majority of people, Roman

Catholic or Evangelical, be polite and respectful of

other's beliefs and opinions at all times.

Check the Clasificados of "El Diario de Hoy" and "La
Prensa Grafica" (Turismo y Viajes)for excursions via
Bus, Coaster or Microbus, except holiday periods,
excursions usually depart only on weekends.

During the week, avoiding popular tourist beaches,
there are many exotic beaches you can have all to
yourself then visit the mountains on the weekends.

Budget lodgings may often be found in the Clasificados
as well.

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Courtesy of:
www.geocities.com/welcome_to_elsalvador/


¡Le Esperamos….con gusto!


Courtesy of "Welcome to Cinquera" in El Salvador
Pilot project development of sustainable rural
cultural, crafts and
ecotourism 'off the beaten path' in El Salvador.
Exactly 18 km . due
north of Suchitoto, Rain Forest and Pre conflict and
conflict
historical monuments, caves and more. Uniformed
guides,
no crime nor
petty theft, camping available overnight at park
entrance.
Genuinely friendly people, no street vendors nor
souvenir shops nor
hostels in sight! Bienvenidos

Feel free to contact us via the website at any time..
English,
español, Deutsch, italiano, français.


www. geocities. com/welcome_to_elsalvador/
(provisional webpages in English)

ARDM
Asociación de Reconstrucción y Desarrollo Municipal
Barrio El Centro, frente al Parque,
Cinquera, Departamento de Cabañas, El Salvador, C. A.

Organización sin fines de lucro con sede en El
Salvador.
Non profit organization based in El
Salvador, Central America.

Saludos.

 

 

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Posted: Jan 14, 2009 2:26pm
Dec 28, 2008

AMIGOS VIAJEROS, LOS INVITO A VISITAR AMERICA CENTRAL, ESPECIALMENTE EL SALVADOR, Y SUS
HERMOSO LUGARES, Y GENTE MUY MUY SIMPATICA.
ESPERO QUE PUEDAN TENER PRESENTE ESTA INVITACION, Y CUALQUIER CONSULTA NOS
CONTACTAN.

Buena senda para todos, y apunten: El Salvador en América Central!

TRAVELER FRIENDS, A SPECIAL INVITE TO VISIT US IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND ESPECIALLY EL SALVADOR, beautiful and unique off the beaten path
places to visit with us, and people are very friendly.
Print out and keep this invitation, and any questions contact our projects through our provisional web site..

If required, local drivers (often a pick up truck travesing back roads) and native guides are available for rural eco and cultural trekking.

INTRODUCTION

"Dear traveler, trekker or volunteer visiting El Salvador, perhaps for the first time. We are a non profit organization dedicated to the development of rural tourism in El Salvador. What we offer is more than just native guides and transport to beautiful places and meeting friendly people. We offer to you as well, a peek through our eyes, from the inside out, into the heart and soul of El Salvador as never before.

Personalized service. Design your own itinerary around El Salvador and to neighboring Central American countries with us. We contract local drivers and transportation and utilize native guides in rural and remote areas

Go where you want to go when you want to go. All we require is that if you are traveling to El Salvador from
abroad, is that you make contact with us initially by e mail well in advance of your departure so we may assist you in planning further your journey after arrival, within your budget and time frame limitations of course.

Local drivers with insured vehicles, trained native guides for eco, cultural and historic treks, bi lingual guide/interpreter volunteer based in San Salvador to assist those who are not able to speak Spanish.

For those concerned about the availability of budget (2-3 Star) lodgings throughout El Salvador, our organization shall be more than happy to contact these establishments, usually family run guest houses/bed and breakfast in the capital city or small unique lodging places in the countryside, if desiring to make reservations.
Again, all we ask is for you to contact us well in advance of your arrival.

"DISCOVER THE UNDISCOVERED EL SALVADOR FROM THE INSIDE OUT"

STEP INSIDE CENTRAL AMERICA...LIKE NEVER BEFORE!

Experienced Native Guides based in El Salvador, The Heart of Central America! Transportation in Insured Vehicles with skilled local drivers.
Mayan Ruins of Tazumal, Pyramids, Chalchuapa, El Salvador Intensive Cultural Tours Central America In El Salvador and Guatemala we offer to the visitor intensive cultural, crafts, historical and eco tours with bilingual native guides. Study Spanish in Central America or Volunteer to help one of several worthy causes ranging from human
rights to disaster relief...special welcome to groups, artists, travel writers and other journalists, photographers, women traveling alone, gays and lesbians. Our organization is not affiliated directly with any political party neither religious groups, however we tailor the itinerary to the client's needs and budget limitations and connect you if possible with whomever you wish to meet and escort you wherever you wish to travel. Period. Do contact us well in advance of your departure so we may help you to plan your journey…..El Salvador & Central America…..More than just trekking, more than just studying Spanish….more than you can imagine!

UN PASO PARA ENTRAR EN CENTRO AMÉRICA... ¡COMO NUNCA ANTES!

Guías turísticos nativos y experimentados con base en El Salvador, el
Corazón del América Central. El Salvador Viajes culturales intensivos a Centro-América. En El Salvador y Guatemala ofrecemos al visitante viajes culturales intensivos a los artes y a la naturaleza y la artesanía con un guía.
Estudie español en Centro América u ofrézcase como voluntario para ayudar en una de varias causas dignas desde causas de derechos humanos o como ayuda en aliviar zonas de desastre. Damos una especial bienvenida al grupos turísticos, a los artistas, escritores sobre turismo y otros periodistas, fotógrafos, mujeres que viajan solas y los gays y lesbianas. Nuestra organización no es afiliada con ningún partido político o grupo religioso, no obstante acomodamos el itinerario a las necesidades del cliente y las limitaciones de su presupuesto y le conectamos de la mejor manera posible con quienquiera que desee encontrarse. Lo acompañaremos dondequiera que desee viajar. Mucho más que solamente Trekking y mucho más que solamente "tomando recorrido".

UN PAS À L'INTÉRIEUR DE L'AMÉRIQUE CENTRALE... COMME JAMAIS AVANT !

Guides indigènes expérimentés au El SalvadorExcursions culturelles intensives en Amérique Centrale En El Salvador et Guatemala nous offrons au visiteur des tours intensifs culturels, écologiques et d'artisanat avec un guide local Étudiez l'espagnol en Amérique Centrale ou offrez-vous d'aider dans une de plusieurs causes dignes comme des causes de droits de l'homme et le soulagement de zones de désastres. Nous souhaitons un spécial bienvenu aux artistes, aux auteurs de et d'autres journalistes, aux photographes, aux femmes qui voyageant seules et aux gays et lesbiennes. Notre organisation n'est pas affiliée avec aucune partie politique ni un groupe religieux. Toutefois nous concevons l'itinéraire en fonction des besoins du client et les limitations de budget et nous vous communiquons le plus possible avec n'importe qui que ce soit que vous souhaitez vous réunir et nous vous accompagnons là où vous souhaitez voyager. Plus que juste le trekking, plus que juste étudier l'espagnol…et plus que vous pouvez vous imaginer!

EIN SCHRITT INNERHALB MITTELAMERIKAS... WIE NIE VORHER!


Erfahrene gebürtige Führer in Guatemala, in El-SalvadorIntensive kulturelle Touren in Mittelamerika In El Salvador und in Guatemala bieten wir dem Besucher, intensive kulturelle Eko- und Handwerk- Touren mit lokalem ReiseFührer. Studieren Sie Spanisch in Mittelamerika oder erbieten Sie sich als Freiwilliger, um mit einer der Sachen, von den Menschen-Rechten bis zu Unfallentlastung, zu helfen. Wir bieten ein spezielles Willkommen den Künstlern,
Spielraumverfassern und anderen Journalisten, Photographen, den Frauen die alleine reisen und den Homosexuellen und Lesbierinnen an. Unsere Organisation ist mit keinen politischen oderreligiösen Gruppen gebunden. Wir können den Reiseweg laut der Notwendigkeiten und Budgetbeschränkungen des Klienten anpassen und, wo möglich, Sie
begleiten wo Sie reisen möchten und helfen Ihnen, mit irgendwelchem sich zu treffen. Mehr als Trekking und mehr als nur Spanisch lernen und was sie sich gerade vorstellen möchten!

Nederlands:"El Salvador in Centraal Amerika een waar museum van kulturele en ecologische aventuren.Gepersonalizeerde tours in uw eigen taal.Alle individuele en groepsreizen zijn getoetst aan uw eigen stijl
en budget."Let's go amigo" in Centraal Amerika levert de beste programmas en internationale vluchten.Exclusieve bestemmingen en evenementen in elk land.Slechts een kontakt voor 5 Centraal Amerikaanse naties!"
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CINQUERA, A REMOTE PARADISE SET IN THE HEART OF EL SALVADOR!

CINQUERA EL SALVADOR CULTURE, CRAFTS, ECOLOGICAL TREASURES AND LIVING
HISTORY OF THE RECENT ARMED CONFLICT...ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!

Cinquera Cabañas El Salvador... Seeking short term volunteers presently in or traveling through Central America to assist with eco and cultural tourism project..non profit cooperative funded in part by
international aid organizations ....

Advice to Backpackers/low budget travelers, we are sorry, however due to reasons of comfort and personal security, neither any of our volunteers nor native guides are able to accompany travelers on public transportation in El Salvador. If planning to take buses to small villages and rural areas such as Cinquera, be advised services are
limited, so give yourself extra time to travel around.

CINQUERA

Cinquera-Rural Tourism-Pilot Project

As well as eco tourism, Cinquera boasts historical and cultural sites, the village was destroyed during the worst years of the civil conflict in El Salvador in the early 1980s and those residents who survived either hid out in the nearby caves (which are viewed on tour with trained uniformed guides from the community) of fled the country.
After the peace accords of 1992 former residents began trickling back to Cinquera and in effect this small town was "reborn". Aside from the rain forest tour, there exist in Cinquera historical and cultural sites such as the church, a building which stood alone and empty of worshipers throughout the armed conflict." The Uniformed native guides
will escort you every step of the way through the rain forest, trails have been constructed. Local transportation to and from Cinquera provided from San Salvador or Suchitoto, Cinquera is a small village where everyone knows everyone else and there is no crime, For those with vehicles and camping gear, camping is available at the park entrance... …siempre dando caloroso bienvenidos a todos!

Again, all we ask is for you to contact us well in advance of your arrival.

... …siempre dandole caloroso bienvenidos!

More on our provisional website...

http://www.geocities.com/welcome_to_elsalvador/

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: Dec 28, 2008 12:14pm
Oct 12, 2008
Focus: Indigenous Rights
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: El Salvador
Help to Help the Artisans in El Salvador. 

"I reside in El Salvador, a small country, tragic history, 97% deforested. Invite any and all to travel here and give of your time a few days, a couple of weeks.

Really required at this time, ONLINE assistance ok, as I realize that few of you have the time and money to travel abroad now...is an IT pro with some web design skills who is able to help our organization set up a really 'pro' website that will assist over 5,000 artisans in rural El Salvador to market their crafts overseas at fair prices. Few hours of work for you, you get credit. Many craftspeople working all day at home, every day, 7 days a week, for less than $1.50 per day, exploited by fellow nationals, who pay low and sell high, the majority of the hand made items are being resold in Europe at very high retail markup. The artisans have now formed their own co-op and legal company. I am able to translate any content from Spanish into English and other languages, my associate from English into Spanish.  More information E mail welcome_to_elsalvador at yahoo.com" Subject = El Salvador

There are over 5,000 artisans now working in their homes, recently with the help of my local associate they have formed their own company, co operative joint venture
with office space donated by a local small business person, we require reps and marketers in Europe/North America. One of the applications I plan on using online is Redtienda view: www.redtiendaelsalvador.com/ also in English and contact the CEO, for a reference Erik Olsson, resides in Sweden e mail eolsson at redtienda.com Ref: Don Lee, El Salvador. Erik is fluent in Spanish and Swedish is his native tongue.

We are starting up the project on a "shoestring", I translate content from Spanish to English for International Marketing...the system now is that these artisans sell locally to native "coyotes" at very low wholesale prices, the coyotes then ship to wholesalers and retailers abroad.

Seeking distributors worldwide, e mail or message for information.

If you are unable to assist, no problem, perhaps you have some contacts who are able to assist us a few hours on line. I and my associate are technically "challenged" and due to lack of funding at present we are using public computers until a suitable office can be rented in capital city with an Internet connection. I've met 8 year olds who know far more about computers than I ever will, in fact when I was 8 years old it was "Life on Mars", AM Radio, 45 and 78 rpm records,  land lines and telexes, black and white TV (yet nobody ever locked their house and as long as I got home by dark my parents did not worry) Well, if plan to visit us in El Salvador, we'll take you to some small villages in rural areas where, like 1955 up in the usa, there exists no crime and people help one another in times of trouble, no one goes hungry, self sufficency, yes the NGOs and the rest of the development set come and go, my associate, a marine bioligist and conservationist, native of El Salvador, has lived among and worked with the local inhabitants for years.

Our project is sustainable. Contact on line by e mail or message. In English, español, Deutsch, français o italiano

Saludos

Information Courtesy  of "Welcome to Cinquera" in El Salvador

Pilot project development of sustainable rural cultural, crafts and ecotourism 'off the beaten path' in El Salvador.
Feel free to contact us via the website at any time.
 
A bit different on the 'front lines' here in the developing world where, in the rural areas outside the capital city and envirions less than 0.5% of the locals have a computer in home, school or office and far fewer have time to spend on social networks signing petitions or sending IM's
Called survival, so I request instead of Green Stars send me advices, any feedback welcome.
We are just starting up and starting up on a shoestring.
Love challenges!
 
We are not asking for money, just your feedback and some of your skills, the projects plan to be self sufficent, we are producing items to sell and barter, neither controlled by NGOs nor politicians, who make promises to people they cannot keep.
 
Finally, we are not listed on NASDAQ nor NYSE!
 
*If planning to visit El Salvador in the future, please do e mail or message in advance!  Le esperamos.
 
 
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Oct 11, 2008

No doubt some of you may wish to reloc<te, retire, work or volunteer here one day!

 

**Common Sense Travel Advice for El Salvador and the rest

of Central America for Sensible People!

 

**Remember, advice is cheap, it usually takes me a few

minutes of my time to answer some sensible travel

questions and to point you in the right direction, as

well don't just take my word for it, check with

others who have traveled to the areas you wish to

visit, usually you will find these persons, eager and

willing to aid you, on the travelers forums such as:

 

Join free:

 

www.travellerspoint.com/


www.bootsnall.com/

www.gonomad.com/

www.tripadvisor.com/
 
www.lonelyplanet.com/ Thorntree Travel Forum*
 
 Check out the non profit hospitality portals to make local contacts in each and every country you wish to visit:

Couch Surfing www.couchsurfing.com/

Be Welcome www.bewelcome.org/

Hospitality Club www.hospitalityclub.org/

CENTRAL AMERICAN LINKS

www.travelingo.org/south-america/el-salvador/san-salvador/fo

www.worldtraveltips.net/centralamerica/ Select your
region and country to view tips, i.e.

www.worldtraveltips.net/centralamerica/view.cgi?country=El+S

www.gocentralamerica.about.com/od/elsalvadorguide/El_Salvador.ht

www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Caribbean_and_Central_America/


www.studentuniverse.com/i-central-america-travel.html

(Student Travel, has Student Airfare Booking on line)

 
www.travel-journal.org/ central-america/

 
www.airfare.bootsnall.com/
Good Airfares, Bootsnall can
help you 'plan' your trip RTW or just to one city and return!
 

www.exitotravel.com/ Consolidator, Airfares, Hotels,
Tours , Latin America only. US Based website with toll free number.

BUSES

www.goodtimebob.com/buseslinks.htm Central American Bus Links
 

www.ticabus.com/ Tica Bus International serving all
Central America

www.kingqualityca.com/ King Quality International buses
Guatemala to El Salvador , Honduras and Costa Rica
Website in Spanish only. Excellent Service.

www.hedmanalas.com/ Hedman Alas 1st Class Buses, Services all around excellent services to major cities and destinations in Honduras and Guatemala

 GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

http://www.xelapages.com/ Excellent Guatemalan Web Portal based in
Quetzaltenanago

http://www.atitlan.com/ All you need to know about Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

http://www.aroundantigua.com/ All you need to know about Antigua , Guatemala

http://www.antiguatours.net/ Walking tours of the Colonial City of
Antigua and more.

http://www.nimpot.com/ All you need to know about Guatemalan Textiles,
Portal based in Antigua .

http://richarddetrich.wordpress.com/ Panama Weblog for
Ex Pats and Travelers alike.
 
http://www.therealcostarica.com/ Everything you need or
want to know about Costa Rica , common sense advice, no bull.

http://www.ticotimes.net/ Costa Rica 's weekly newspaper
 on line edition, Central America 's oldest English Language Paper.
 
www.hondurasthisweek.com/ The Weekly English Language Newpaper of
Honduras , on line edition.

http://hondurastips.honduras.com/index.htm Honduras
Tips....a complete guide to traveling Honduras

http://www.moon..com/planner/nicaragua/index.html
Moon's Nicaragua travel planner.

http://www.vianica.com/ Best Travel Portal for Nicaragua English & Spanish

Also check out:
http://www.moon.com/catalog2/la_nicaragua.html
'Living Abroad in Nicaragua '

Central America Information and Maps:
www.enjoycentralamerica.com/

Lots of links on this site:
www.travel.org/central.html
 

Surf this lengthy and informative website for Central

America only information:

www.alfatravelguide.com/english/index.htm

in English, Spanish, Svenska

*Surfing these websites, then if you wish, posting and asking questions  on
the various travellers forums and asking questions
should be a good start.
 
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I, the the writer, am a long term resident in El
Salvador, Guatemala and some time as well in Honduras
and Nicaragua since 1985. So I know the local customs,
culture, language and many subtle things travelers may have
not have the time to learn.

presently I am a volunteer co
ordinator/translator working with small projects based in El Salvador assisting these small
non profit organizations to implement their receptive
eco and rural tourism projects as well as native crafts
projects. More information contact me by private
message or e mail welcome_to_elsalvador at yahoo.com
in English, Spanish, German, Italiano or Portuguese. I or another volunteer will try to answer your inquiry within two (2) working days when possible. IT and web design advice and assistance always required!
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MORE ON TRAVEL…..

Hotels and Lodgings…depends on your budget, upscale
2-5 Star accommodations in Central America may be
easily booked on line, http://www.tripadvisor.com/
For those travelers on Medium Budget, Low/Moderate Budget
to Upscale I would recommend the 'Alpha Travel Guide
to Central America ', a no nonsense, practical portal
about and for all the Central American countries in
English, Spanish and Swedish (see list above also)
www.alfatravelguide.com/english/index.htm

No "bells and whistles"
 
LOW BUDGET TRAVEL
If traveling on a low/backpacker budget you'll find
many small hotels and other unique lodging places in
El Salvador and the region that are quite economical
compared to European/North American prices, for
comfort and safety I would check out the B and B's
and Guest Houses in the cities and large towns and
even cheaper 'hostel/backpacker' style
accommodations are plentiful in travel destinations
such as Antigua and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala , Granada
in Nicaragua and many of the popular beach and mountain
destinations in Costa Rica .

EL SALVADOR, CENTRAL AMERICA'S HIDDEN GEM..
There are many lodging
bargains in El Salvador , but make sure you do not stay
in the crowded, dangerous and polluted 'Centro' or
Downtown, when in San Salvador , stay in the western
part of town near Metrocentro Mall and the National
University, the lodgings located on pleasant tree
lined streets in nice areas, near San Salvador 's
'Bohemian District' for overview of nightlife check out:
La Luna Casa y Arte
http://www.lalunacasayarte.com/ (español)
and the ads on the El Salvador section of Revue Magazine in English: www.revuemag.com/ in pdf format.

View www.theotherelsalvador.com/ excellent bi lingual website for El Salvador with dozens of links. English & Spanish

 Nice virtual tour of El Salvador on...
 www.4elsalvador.com/
 
www.travelpages.com/el-salvador/san-salvador/guides/87001.html

and www.cityguides-worldwide.com/ElSalvador/86998.htm
 

A great site for Budget-Moderate travel has many other
El Salvador city pages such as: Suchitoto, the
Colonial City where this website is based….
www.gaesuchitoto.com/

San Salvador city guide….An amazing city with lots of cultural and night life!
www.cityguides-worldwide.com/ElSalvador/35653.htm

Upload in pdf the 'Guatemala Revue Magazine’ online….
You shall view many, many Adverts and a few very excellent
Articles on this on line edition, same as print edition, which will give one a good overview of
Guatemalan and El Salvadorian travel, all the articles
Are archived.
 pdf format only, url: www.revuemag.com/
The Guatemala Revue Magazine boasts large Guatemala
section, El Salvador section and smaller Belize and
Honduras sections. Monthly, in English.

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PRINT GUIDEBOOKS
 

Now, here's where your Guidebook(s) come in!! Unless

you've been here a dozen times or have a Salvadorian

or Central American spouse and planning on a family

visit, you'll require a good up to date Guide Book

or two or three, which I recommend you read and study

and re-read again before your arrival, magically on

arrival you'll know more about the native culture,

customs, history and getting around El Salvador ,

Guatemala, etc. than most natives. I lived in New York

City 12 years and never took the time to visit many of

the 'touristic' sites.

 

Guide Books and Maps, regional and country specific for

Central America usually available in travel section of

large bookstores or Amazon.com

www.footprint.com/ The Mexico & Central America

Handbook

www.lonelyplanet.com/ Lonely Planet Guide Books

http://www.moon.com/ Moon Travel Guides - Excellent

 http://www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/Central-America.aspx
Rough Guides to Central America
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TO THOSE INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS WHO SPEAK SPANISH

**When Central Americans do travel within the region,

usually on weekends or holiday periods, they travel

with family members in large groups. This is called

'turismo interno' - internal tourism. There are

many fine local guides, tour operators and

driver-owners in El Salvador that advertise locally

and will take visitors on tour with advance notice at

reasonable prices. If you speak Spanish you are able

to save a lot of money rather than go with the more

expensive inbound tourism outfits, as well as meeting

and travelling with locals, at times the locals may

invite you to their home after the tour, especially in

El Salvador or Nicaragua ! The local tour operators

advertise in the classified sections of the daily

newspapers and on Spanish language local Internet

portals.During holiday periods El Salvadorian

operators conduct excursions in Mexico , Guatemala ,

Honduras, Nicaragua , Costa Rica and some go as far as

Panama, prices and quality vary so check around,

always ask to inspect the vehicle first and inquire

with local friends as to which companies are

reliable or contact writer of this bloq.

 

Many locals in El Salvador often travel weekends to

make pilgrimages to Catholic Shrines in Antigua and

Escuintla, Guatemala, etc. Religion is practiced here

in El Salvador by a large majority of people, Roman

Catholic or Evangelical, be polite and respectful of

other's beliefs and opinions at all times.

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TO THOSE LEARNING TO SPEAK SPANISH

***Speaking Spanish. .If you don't at all start

learning at home before your departure, tapes, a

tutor, conversation club, classes, whatever, if on a

basic conversation level or above find someone to

practice with, it is my opinion that if you are

traveling, say 3-4 weeks in the region, it is really

useless to spend the first week or two in a "Spanish

School". If worse comes to worse bring a very good

phrasebook and do a lot of pointing. A tip: I've

lived down this way, way down south, 21 years and used

to escort a lot of visitors to the highlands/carib

coast/honduras/el salvador out of Antigua, Guatemala,

some couples had studied for several weeks at

Antigua's best Spanish Academies, in school proper

Castillan Spanish is taught, no "street lingo" nor

slang of any kind, as soon as we were in the

countryside, my clients froze up, when I ordered for

them and used the word 'vos' (slang familiar for

'you' in El Salvador and Guatemala ), these poor

gringoes asked what 'vos' meant! They were taught

to use Usted and Ustedes (formal) at all times and in

the Indian Markets in Chichicastenango and Panajachel

these people 'flipped out' literally when I began

speaking the local native Kak'chiquel and Quiche

dialects!

I am listing a few good resources for Spanish

Schools:

www.salvaspan.com/ El Salvador

www.xelapages.com/ ** & www.aroundantigua.com/
Guatemala

www.123teachme.com/ List of Schools in Latin America &
Spain

** Visit Webmaster of www.xelapages.com/ (Tom) when in
Quetzaltenango Guatemala ,

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****SAFETY AND SECURITY ISSUES

Recommend  not to travel to rural or remote areas with expensive cameras, videocam or other electronic
toys… a small digital camera will often do…
unless you are a Business or Upscale Traveler, staying
in a Hotel or resort with a room Safe and filming while traveling on
organized tour with security. Tour groups of four or more persons in El Salvador, through any licenced tour operator or the ISTU (Salvadorian Institute of Tourism) may make arragments in advance for National Tourism Police officers in uniform to accompany your group, no charge,  however tipping per diem expected and polite. Same with native eco and cultural guides who charge low fees compared to guides in developed countries..
 

DO NOT EVEN ASK …

1. Is El Salvador , Guatemala , etc., dangerous ?

2. To quote our friend "Good Time Bob" and old

Guatemala hand.. http://www.goodtimebob.com/ see

below***

 

 "So and So on this forum/bloq got robbed in ——-,

will I be robbed?"
 

Quick Answer:

4. I am neither Nostradamus nor The Prophet

Daniel!!…………………………………use

common sense, be aware on the road and start learning

Spanish TODAY..HOY MISMO if you don't speak any!

Check out http://www.livemocha.com/ and www.123teachme.com/  for free on line
tutorials. Hoy Mismo.......


From www.goodtimebob.com/ travel site……

"This is the number one question. Way over hyped.

I've been going to Guatemala since the 70's. Even

with the current economic and political issues it is

still a lot better than back a couple decades. You do

all the common sense stuff listed in the Lonely Planet

guide (or any other Guidebook)…it increasingly reads

like it is written by someone's

grandmother…lawyers must do the editing. Some

paranoia is worth while….

Here are the don't

do's......................................................................

Don't hike between villages around Lake Atitlan . Too

many spots where folks can watch you coming and make

sure no one else is around. There have been well

documented robberies and rapes.

Don't go up a volcano alone. Tours are cheap and they

have some kind of guard.

 
NEVER NEVER CAMP OUT WHERE THERE IS NO SECURITY, NOR IN AREA

WHERE YOU HAVE NO PERMISSION FROM PROPERTY OWNER....

If planning to camp in Central America, and not driving nor renting a vehicle best to have a travel companion or two or three and carry durable tents..if on a low budget and taking ‘chicken buses’ in and out of remote areas this may be often a difficult task..in some cases best to pool funds and rent a 4WD for a few days or a week.

 

Best site to contact locals who know camping spots in or near their local area www.couchsurfing.com/

 

Two websites with informating on camping and ‘boondocking’ (may include parking lots of Shopping Malls or Luxury Resorts!) in Central America are:

www.99DaystoPanama.com/ Has list of campsites Mexico & Central America

and

www.panamaorbust.com/ Good information, though some outdated, links.

Also www.drivemeloco.com/

New camping group online:

http://findingfinn.com/group/camping
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SAFETY AGAIN……
Remember you are not at home, where you know where and when to go or NOT to go..locals on the street in many places in Latin America will often give contrary advice and directions if you are lost, usually just to be polite…
 
The writer's own Words…..

For El Salvador and the rest of Central America the

warnings about the same, same old, same old:

**don't walk alone or in pairs after dark and take a

taxi home (if you don't have a ride)even if your

lodging place is only three or four blocks away,

sometimes it only takes 50 meters outside the bar or

night spot if thieves are following you and they hit

hard and fast.
 

**Be especially aware, never paranoid, in second/third

class bus terminals, crowded outdoor markets and city

bus stops, never carry a digital camera on public

transport unless concealed. Between countries take the

international Tica Bus or other first class bus lines,

remember all of the thieves now have cell phones, most

travelers do not carry cell phones away from home so

keep a low profile, got it?

 THIS IS IMPORTANT, SAD BUT TRUE........

“The Police don't really care much if you are not

injured in a crime, just as at home, the police

usually have more pressing things to deal with, and

the Consuls at the Embassies have seen hundreds of

Police Reports and issued many new Passports for a

hefty fee! Never carry your passport unless leaving

the country, carry a photocopy.”

* At your own risk accept drinks, favors, gifts, lodgings or rides home from

total strangers, say those met in a 'bar', café or nightclub,

especially young women traveling alone or in pairs,

never tell strangers your itinerary and travel plans,

nor where you are staying. Guys, never take a 'bar

girl' you do not know back to your lodging place.

Guys, avoid those exotic red
light district nightclubs alone, you may wake up half
naked, broke and very confused the next morning, In
fact if you go out late night in any large Latin American city stick the main
entertainment districts, usually called 'Zona
Viva' or 'Zona Rosa', well lit and fairly safe. Every upscale Bar or disco will usually sport an armed guard inside or outside
 View the city entertainment guides above.

*Taxi Drivers and Hotel Employees are usually the
worst people you can ask about where to go out,
you'll usually always be directed to the most
expensive places, especially if you don't speak
Spanish. Start learning!

IF TRAVELING ALONE YOU HAVE NO 'FRIENDS' ON THE BUS NOR IN THE BUS STATION...MAKE 'FRIENDS' ELSEWHERE!
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 

Many many humanitarian aid organizations exist in Central America and require long or short term volunteers, with or without special skills, all year around..view these non profit portals for no cost or low cost opportunities, contacting yourself any and all organizations you are interested in working with well in advance of your departure..from another bloq of mine…”volunteering abroad, especially in the developing countries, as a volunteer, long or short term, you'll make valuable and lifelong friendships as well as trusted local contacts which may lead into full time employment in your chosen field locally. Ordinarily you'll have to pay your airfare and room and board to volunteer with many small projects as most have barely enough money to stay above water. Fundraising, a year round effort, often takes up much of paid staff’s time and energy! The 'pro' is you'll be there in your target country or region and not online behind a computer screen at home! The smiles of a child or family in need we have assisted beats any computer screen or laptop for me by a wide mile!
More information view these web portals:
www.idealist.org/ in several languages.
www.truetravellers.org/ English
www.volunteersouthamerica.net/ English, Spanish.

 

If traveling to El Salvador , meet us and we’ll point you in the right direction!
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RETIREMENT, RELOCATION, WORK AND TRANSITION ISSUES…

**For those desiring to retire or relocate, do business or work in Central America …

There sadly exist, as in any form of business (and purchasing land and real estate or establishing a small business with financing abroad way top of the list!) many relocation scams, volunteer

scams, real estate scams, and wannabe ex pat coaching and highly priced ‘seminar’ scams eminating from the Internet.

Advice….

It is always better to travel first to your target
country or region, look around with your own eyes and
make contacts and hopefully friends who have already made the transition before you make
any decision to sell your house at home and make the move to &lsquoaradise’ Never pay an on line based agency a fee to be placed as a
volunteer, nor sign up on the net for expensive real estate tours promising land deals and honest legal assistance, always try to meet these persons face to face and be cautious before signing any kind of contract or using your credit/debit card on line.
 

Our organization has a long term ex pat resident relocation specialist who will gladly give you a short and concise common sense assessment communicating via e mail, IM or telephone. Take it from there. You decide. Then… Read! Read! Read up on your target country, city or region!
 
Check out the links, read your guidebooks, make contacts and
and do your own homework! There exist several fine websites by long term ex pats for ex pats and wannabe ex pats
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*Often traveling on a very low budget in Central America is not for either the inexperienced idealist,
the bleeding heart, nor the faint of heart, nor
recommended for lone females not familiar at all with the
customs and local language. Poverty and street crime exist side by side in many underdeveloped or impoverished areas of
the countryside and in city slums, called ‘zonas marginales’ or marginal areas where gang activity is endemic, some,
though not all, police/security force members are
corrupt and the judicial systems in Central and Latin
American countries generally are weak, so often paying

*When conducting a vehicle a small bribe to get out of an untenable situation may
be preferable than the alternative, especially if
involved in an accident or altercation where there is no bodily harm..either in your own vehicle or a rental. If driving with US or Canadian plates YOU WILL attract attention..keep a low profile and be aware!

 

**This Bloq Courtesy of: http://www.geocities.com/welcome_to_elsalvador/

‘Welcome to Cinquera in El Salvador’
Rural Eco and Cultural Tourism, Native Crafts and more... contact our
organization via our webpages if interested.
 

¡Le Esperamos….con gusto!

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  This section for those contemplating relocating, retiring or working in Latin America

*Ten Things You Should Know Before You Move To Central or South America .....

 

Mexico and Central America are but a few days drive or bus ride from much of US/Canada..some retires are now driving down in RVs or 4WDs to explore or settle. It is now also possible, with RORO on container from Panama to drive to South America for the more adventurous, with lots of information online as well as print guides on 'how to' from those who have been there and done that...

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I have received many emails over the years from readers of my Bloqs who are interested in
moving to Central or South America from the US or other 'developed' countries'. The majority of people who requested
information are involved in cross-cultural relationships. I have
first-hand experience with a cross-cultural marriage, however, for Women I recommend
that you investigate lagringasblogicito and hondurassprouts. These are
blogs written by excellent women writers who are married to Honduran Citizens. As well, join www.expatinterviews.com/ an interactive world wide ex pat sites with links to ex pat life and bloqs everywhere.

 

Here are some tips that I picked up from years of actual cross cultural
communications as well as first-hand experience, a grand total of 24 years residence in Mexico and Central America .

 

1. Be informed (Know) before you go. Read! Read! Read! Surf the Internet and purchase up to date print Guidebooks, country specific to where you wish to relocate. Talk to as many people

that you can who have lived in Central & South America. I spoke to, worked with and knew personally, counting some as friends, many
Latin Americans living in the USA long before I moved here.

Always travel in person at least 2-3 weeks to your target country, city or region before deciding on making the move. Seeing is beleiving. Never rely on Internet Ex Pat sites, user groups, forums or bloqs as your primary source of information, never arrange to purchase Real Estate abroad from any Internet website nor contract expensive Real Estate & Relocation tours online, one Woman I know spent $200 USD a day in Costa Rica on 'Real Estate Tours', returned home broke and bitter after a week. Always go and see for yourself, if you do not have a friend or relative in your target country you are able to stay with (never stay in a Resort or Luxury Hotel unless on a genuine vacation) take this advice: "I would recommend couchsurfing.com for meeting locals. You don't have to couchsurf (Stay) with them you can meet for a coffee / drink, local tour or whatever. They'll show you around and you'll get to do things most tourists don't do. Insider information as
 well on their area. Also try out www.bewelcome.org/ Both organizations are non profit hospitality portals boasting thousands of local, some ex pat, bi or multi lingual, Latin American members. Save hassles, avoid pitfalls floundering around on your own.

Start taking some Spanish or Portuguese lessons online and also in frontal classes or with a native speaking tutor at home well before departure. Build a language 'basic' foundation then stepping up to intermediate and advanced is easy once in a Spanish speaking country, in all Latin American countries, excepting Belize and Guyana, former British Colonies and parts of the Caribbean coasts, only a small percentage of your local neighbors will speak English. Also understanding avoids often costly, in time, money or hurt feelings, misunderstandings! 'Malentendidos'
 

2. Find a cultural mentor. Long term resident or trusted bi lingual local. I befriended a couple of younger, less experienced ex pats during my
first years living in Guatemala . Upon arrival to Central America many years ago I was lucky enough to have a relative and was introduced into a small social network of both ex pats and locals..invaluable.
These people were very gracious in helping me with many
day-to-day tasks in the beginning, teaching me to be independent step by step and not to rely on locals to 'hold my hand'. A good mentor can and often will point out errors in judgement

Social contacts and personal relationships are very important throughout Latin America .
 

3. Choose your home and neighborhood carefully. Look for one that will
accept you, and where you will feel comfortable. Cheap rent in a poor
neighborhood may sound great, but in the long run, you may be robbed
or worse.

Keep a low profile and never divulge your personal or work information or give out your address to overly friendly strangers.

 

4. Go slow at first. Don't expect to work at the same pace as you did

in the US/Canada/UK, etc.. Things are just simply harder to get done in Latin America . And slower. Always. Often people show up late, very late, for appointments.Never reprimand locals for this, unless they are in your employ and have business commitment with you. 'Life in The Tropics' amigo mio!

Don't take yourself too seriously and keep a sense of humor.

 

5. Try not to make general assumptions about Latin Americans. Just as you

would not want those in the country you are relocating in to assume that every US or Canadian citizen is rich,

white, and arrogant, you should not assume that all Latin Americans are alike. Listen to locals and ask questions.


6. Expect a testing period. Friends, contacts and co-workers need time before

you are accepted into their trust. Once you are deemed trustworthy, the doors will fly open.


7. Expect life to be a bit annoying in the beginning. Cold showers are the

norm in many areas. Air conditioning is most often a luxury. Water and electricity

sometimes fail on a daily basis. In some areas Internet Connections are slower than at home.


8. Try not to complain. Accept that Central or South America is different than the US/Canada/UK.


9. Look for the good things in your adopted new country, such as the beautiful mountains,
rustic rural national parks or beaches.

 

10. Be humble. One of my favorite phrases in Spanish, " I don't
understand." "Yo no lo comprendo" A humble attitude goes a long way in getting along with
co-workers and friends. Even if you feel you 'know', always get a second opinion from a native or long term ex pat resident friend. Never try and 'one up' or be arrogant with newer relocating arrivals, I know a woman in my country, from US, who will break into and dominate any conversation in Spanish, even though her Spanish is lacking, she tells new arrivals she is 100% 'fluent'.

So, if you choose to live in a gated community or 'condos' with other ex pats from your country, be advised that gossiping and one upping (what a person who feels inferior does to make themselves feel superior) is a fairly common pastime in any and all ex pat communties, far better to 'go native' and live among locals, if at all possible for you. The phrase 'the good, the bad and the ugly' has been used in ex pat lore for generations. Recommend against instant friendships or trust on sight simply because a person is from your home country. Proceed with caution, as you would at home.

 

I hope these tips help some of you who are contemplating relocation and/or retirement to
Central or South America .


The writer has assisted dozens to relocate in the Central American region in the past, however I answer only common sense questions and urge wannabes to travel first to their target area and do their own research..sadly, no free lunches..if you have a spouse or partner (cross cultural relationship) native to the country you plan to relocate in, by all means try and stay with his/her family there, even better if family are humble or so called 'poor' people, you shall learn far more in a short time than taking the 'upscale' ex pat route, where you just may be another 'blank white face' looking for real estate, spending Dollars, Euro or Sterling. Again proceed with caution, the Internet is virtual, guidebooks are in black and white and face to face: family, friends and contacts are priceless!

Buena suerte. Buen Viaje.
 
Information Courtesy  of "Welcome to Cinquera" in El Salvador

Pilot project development of sustainable rural cultural, crafts and ecotourism 'off the beaten path' in El Salvador.

Feel free to contact us via the website at any time.

http://www.geocities.com/welcome_to_elsalvador/

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Posted: Oct 11, 2008 4:06pm
Oct 8, 2008

 

I know the way out, I've been here many times......

In light of recent events we are all aware of...not only in the "US" but Globally....

The economic meltdown

Homelessness and much much worse.
I have "hands on" experience.

I was once homeless in the USA, fell through the cracks, dealing with severe emotional and mental disorder, was not properly dx ed at that time, so had no meds, seems many more new homeless who could not handle the streets and public shelters on the way if this financial crisis deepens.

I shall do whatever I am able to help the innocent, especially women and children, the elderly.
No I have no pity for active adult alcoholics and addicts (those who choose to drink/use) who refuse treatment, veteran or not.

Had I remained bitter I would have died on the streets of New York or Miami
I sought help, was turned away, and went elsewhere where a least a hand was extended, then out of nowhere appeared an old friend from my earlier days in 12 Step recovery, he saw me, people were contacted and I was able to get back on my feet. Took several months for me to stop seeing parks, bushes and vacant houses as places for a nights shelter and to start to enjoy life again. This was many many years ago, when it was bit easier to deal with the "system"
As Americans we ought to come together and those able lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors. A lot to be angry about for sure. Anger and rage saps my energy. Helping another helps me to forget my problems...for those of us who have been there, done that and walking the walk lets band together somehow.
For me heping a homeless mother and child fill out forms, guiding them through the proper channels seeking help would be more rewarding than taking a $300 Million Bonus as a CEO of a corrupt financial institution. Perhaps Congress should fine these CEOs and others Millions as well as jail and the monies should go into a fund for those who have lost their homes and have no where else to go except shelters.

Basically, if you are now in a deep hole with no way to climb out, I, a survivor of homelessness and much much more, an "Angel" if you will, are one of those who are able to jump into the hole with you...of course you may say to me "Now you are trapped down here with me!"
My answer..

*"I know the way out, for I’ve been here myself many times!"*

Require a 'tough love' Life Readjustment or Relocation (if planning on moving to another country) Coach? I may be your 'man', if not, shall try and put you in touch with a man or woman who possible may be of assistance. Serious only. Message to me.

Never wait for Government to get it done...Don’t hold your breath if your city, state or worse, federal government tells you they will act soon!

 

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Sep 10, 2008
DISCOVER THE UNDISCOVERED EL SALVADOR

A cooperative dedicated to receptive rural tourism, made up of
Salvadorian men and women, young and old, ordinary people who have
lived extraordinary lives.

At your service, upon your arrival to El Salvador, to escort you, the
visitor, our honored guests, to our very special 'off the beaten path'
projects, located throughout the enchanting countryside of El
Salvador.

Sample village life as it is, meet the ordinary everyday people who
live and work here and enjoy their smiles and hospitality. Sample the
local dishes, tour rain forests and petrified forests, camp out or
stay in a rural lodge that rivals any 5 star hotel in El Salvador and
at a third of the price!

Purchase handmade arts and crafts from the source, trek through
mountain forests along pristine rivers.

Hear firsthand what transpired in many areas during El Salvador's
civil conflict from those who were there, both civilians and ex
combatants.

And finally, dear visitor, all the towns and villages we will visit
are safe with no crime, not to worry.

History

Culture

Crafts

Eco-Tourism

Hospitality

Come to El Salvador…Come be with friends…..

Safety….Comfort…Acceptance.

Step Inside El Salvador with our native guides and view the country
like never before!

Our services are not expensive and should fit any travelers budget.

We help you to plan your journey in advance if you desire.

For more information view: http://www.geocities.com/welcome_to_elsalvador/

Looking forward to meeting you…le esperamos.

ARDM
Asociación de Reconstrucción y Desarrollo Municipal
Barrio El Centro, frente al Parque,
Cinquera, Departamento de Cabañas, El Salvador, C. A.
en español:

DESCUBRA LO NO DESCUBIERTO EN EL SALVADOR

 

Una cooperativa dedicada al turismo rural receptivo, formada por hombres y mujeres salvadoreños, jóvenes y adultos mayores, gente común y corriente quiénes tenemos una extraordinaria vida.

 

Estamos a tus servicios tan pronto llegues a El Salvador y serás nuestro huésped de honor y gustosamente te acompañaremos a los extraordinarios sitios que tu quieras visitar a lo largo y ancho del país.

 

Muestras de la cordialidad en las diferentes localidades las podrás comprobar con las sonrisas y hospitalidad de su gente. Muestras de “bosques petrificados”, áreas de acampar en los hoteles campestres en las zonas rurales que rivalizan con los hoteles de “5 estrellas” en El Salvador y a la tercera parte del precio.

 

Compras de manufacturas o artesanías son parte de los recursos de las montañas y a lo largo de sus cristalinos ríos. De primera mano transpirarás en muchas áreas que durante el pasado conflicto, fueron las zonas en donde convivían los civiles con los ex combatientes.

 

Y, para finalizar apreciados visitantes, todos los pueblos y comunidades que nosotros visitaremos se encuentran libres de la criminalidad y los problemas. No te preocupes.

 

Historia

 

Cultura

 

Artesanías

 

Ecoturismo

 

Hospitalidad

 

Ven a El Salvador....venga con sus amigos..

 

Seguridad....Confort.... Aceptación

 

Adéntrate en El Salvador con nuestros guías nativos y vea el país nunca antes visto

 

Nuestro servicio no es caro y ajustamos el precio a su presupuesto

 

 

Te daremos asistencia en la planificación de tu viaje

 

Para más información visita: http://www.geocities.com/ welcome_to_elsalvador/

 

Le esperamos

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For more information E mail us in English, Spanish, German, French or Italian or send a message to my box if a member of Care2.
We are seeking extraordinary people to help plan their own extraordinary journeys in our part of the world.
All we ask of you if planning to travel is to notify us well in advance of your arrival
You need not do any hectic "research", nor pay any "fees" up front, in many places we guide you there is no cell phone service, please leave your laptop in your hotel or lodge and yes it is safe to carry your cameras along, we have staked out several villages and surrounding areas that are crime free. Come to relax, meet people and experience a way of life that is rapidly disappearing in the big towns and urban areas of Central America.
Those wishing to volunteer short or long term in El Salvador, we shall try and assist you to visit and view a few worthy projects.
Saludos......


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Posted: Sep 10, 2008 2:19pm
Sep 3, 2008

San Francisco was a beautiful city when I lived there so many years ago, as did my friend who authored the post below on a user group, for many years in days gone by, when life was simpler.

Read the paragraphs written below..then... I ask..is this Freedom?

Not for me, at my age, a sincere recovering alcoholic with a disability. I am able to get along with just about anyone regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, sexual preference, religious belief or lack of it, etc. My many years in 'recovery rooms' f2f and online have taught me to have patience with others, respect differences and love and take care of myself.

At least I had the common sense to relocate out of the US many years ago

Sadly, I am a city boy who thrives living in a cosmopolitan urban enviroment...however when a person of my age cannot walk down the street nor express his or her opinions if a bit 'contrary' to popular opinion, whatever that may be, then I shall stay put, since I am divorced and have no mate, nor children, moving to a small town in the US just would not resonate with me.

But this..and New Orleans, well you know..below sea level and New York and Boston way beyond my budget

I shall happily stay where I am.....for the time being!

About the "freaks and anarchists"

 

California Dreaming If you're going to San Francisco Wed Sep 3, 2008 8:57 am (PDT)
"She ain't what she used to be, that old gray mare... Of course some will disagree. (Insert disclaimer here) I'm told by someone who should know that San Fransisco is no longer the home of the beautiful people. Rumor has it they all left with you and me, many long years ago.   I'm now in the big sand box they call the Mojave desert, about 450 miles South East of San Fransisco, 3 hours west of Las Vegas, which appears to be a 'safe distance', though I do still live perilously close to the San Andreas Fault.  Out here the rattlesnakes slither on their bellies and the coyotes run around on 4 legs instead of 2. You know who they are by looking at them.

I have a daughter-in- law who loved the city with all she had. She was raised by a Mom who was one of the early hippies. This girl is sooo refreshing.. she still wears tie-died t-shirts, and made me one for Christmas.  I wear it with pride! 

My daughter-in- law thought she was going 'home' when the Coast Guard stationed my son outside of San Fransisco a few years ago, and she looked forward to introducing her three little girls to the city, as her mother had done for her. Her fond memories of San Fransisco helped to keep her Mother alive in her mind, since her Mom died of bone cancer when my daughter in law was only 14.  What she came "home" to was not California dreamin, but a Hotel California-style nightmare gone horribly awry.  Within a month, they moved to an area outside the city and my son spent their time there as a commuter. There were things they  just didn't want their children to see.

They tell me there are no public decency laws being enforced in San Fransisco today. Sex on the sidewalks is A-OK.  If someone dares to protest what anyone does on the streets, they might have their home vandalized or be physically attacked as police look on. There are news stories of ministers who have had their homes burned down in the middle of the night. It's a bad thing when someone torches your house during the day while you're at work.  When they burn your house down in the middle of the night? They intended to kill you, plain and simple. Some say the police are afraid, while others say they just don't care. I don't know.

Last time I drove in the city, (10 years ago), I found my minivan being slowed and blocked by
bicyclists who virtually ignored (or maybe enjoyed) the fact that they
were causing traffic to slow to 5 mph, and I would have sworn they were daring me to honk at them or hit them. They say "share the road".  They need to practice what they preach.

A couple years ago, I heard on the news that there was a case where a man was driving his new SUV in town, and a bicyclist cut him off, nearly getting hit.  The driver honked  at the bicyclist,and was immediately swarmed by a bunch of guys on bicycles who proceeded to trash the brand new SUV, drag the man out of it, and beat him severely, requiring hospitalization. Security cameras caught the incident on tape.  There were no arrests made.  

The freaks reportedly own the city these days and from what I hear they're closing schools right and left because families are fleeing the area in droves.  My son and daughter in law were recently transferred to Alaska, where they hope to convince the Coast Guard to keep him for the duration of his career, which will be at least another 11 years.

Of course, that's just the opinion of someone who lived there.  I'm sure there will be others who's opinions conflict.  I'm just repeating what I was told, and what I believe to be the case, from other reports that seem to confirm them.  I don't care to go find out for myself. If my trusted sources are correct, it's a sad, sad thing. 

There's nothing to draw me to the formerly great city anymore. I'll gladly travel to Alaska to see my grandchildren.  I've walked the bridge and explored the fort beneath it.  I've seen the sights, and loved them, and have memories that I will not soil by returning to see it as a shadow of it's former self...."

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Jul 7, 2008
This just goes to show how stupid we have become.


(I was in the 6th Grade in 1957)

 


 

Scenario:
Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957
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Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007
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School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to
jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for
traumatized students and teachers.  

Scenario:
 
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957
- Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

 

Scenario:
 Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957
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Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

 

Scenario:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping w ith his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse.  Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang.  State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.
 

Scenario:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.  

Scenario:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher.   English banned from core curriculum.  Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he canno t speak English.  

Scenario:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007- BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with  domestic te rrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.


Scenario:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.
19 57 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy
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Jun 7, 2008

Below is a posting from a travel newsletter "Andy Hobo Traveler" www.hobotraveler.com, I've found andy to be very honest in all his dealings with people.

Any feedback, please enter the hobotraveler.com site and contact Andy.

I the bearer of this news am a long term US Citizen resident of Central America and I and some other residents and locals, with some notable exceptions, have long been fed up with "NGOs" ONGs that pay big salaries and frills to staff, while the needy often receive very little and international volunteers often pay over $1,000 to "volunteer" for two or three weeks.



NGO Faked Uncontacted Tribe Photos

A headline in the Newspaper Ahora here in Peru, says,

Supuesta no contactados dicen que ONG paga para fotografiario denudosos

Hopefully correct translation:
“Supposed to be an un-contacted says that a NGO paid for photographs nude.â€

The article is saying that the WWF and AIDESEP, two NGOs or ONGs in Spanish, paid for photos of what were supposed to be uncontacted tribes in Peru and Brazil.
WWF
http://www.panda. org/
WWF Peru
http://www.wwfperu. org.pe/
AIDESEP
http://www.aidesep. org.pe/

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Pucallpa, Peru on Ucayali -Amazon River
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Blog of Andy HoboTraveler. com --- Free Internet Page
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This is the Ahora Peruvian Newspaper cover on June 5, 2008.



Ahora Newspaper
Pucalllpa Thursday, June 5 2008
- Pucallpa Peru in the department of Ucayali.



A photo of the groups of men from a village to the North of Breu in near the River Yurua that cross the Brazil Border that posed for photos nude.



The article, you would need to save as onto your computer, and enlarge with a zo! om to read in Spanish.



Map from a post of mine the other day of the Yurua River in the Department of Ucayali.

Map to Less Civilized Tribes

Tribes Isolated for Reason

Map of Ucayali Region in Peru - Department - State
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Ucayali_Region

Wikipedia.org on Peru
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Peru

I have no love for the tree hugging, say anything, junk science world of NGO's. Non Governmental Organizations that advertise continuously on BBC, CNN and other world class televisions news stations. They create an false urgencies, then the paid advertisers collect their snake oil money from! the good will of nice poeple to do the business of selling scams.

Disclaimer: I hope that someone read this in Spanish that is better than me, and helps collaborate my interpetation of this article, as it is possible I misunderstand.

NGO Faked Uncontacted Tribe Photos

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Jun 4, 2008
Get Prepared: Victory Garden

Planting a Victory Garden
by: Michael Glassman

Back in World War II the United States Government urged people to plant food in order to help ease the burden on the nation's food supply during a very difficult time in the history of our nation. The resulting gardens were nicknamed "Victory Gardens".

Today's economy is not exactly the same as it was back then, but we are facing challenges of our own. Our food supply is not necessarily in danger of going away, but in case you haven't noticed prices on the most basic of things are going through the roof---and that starts to add up. I realize not everyone has a giant corner of their yard to dig up and turn into a farm, but there are things you can grow in just about any landscape that will not only yield food, but blend in with the surroundings.

Vines that Fruit: Do you have a blank wall that needs something growing on it? Try building a lattice trellis on the wall and planting grapes to grow on the trellis. "Red Flame Seedless" or "Thompson Seedless" grapes are great vines to plant on a trellis or on an iron gazebo, the beautiful fruit bunches hanging down make a great addition to your landscape. Do you have an empty iron arch? A great vine is Kiwis. You need to plant a male and a female vine in order for them to cross pollinate and produce fruit. Plant one of each on either side of the arch. Sweet Peas or Snap beans also make a great vine for a trellis or an arch. If you have a blank spot in your garden that only gets morning sun, try planting Blueberries.

Pot Veggies: A bare patio could use a large pot planted with vegetables and herbs. In the center of a large pot place a wire topiary frame and plant a tomato. Tomatoes are the fastest and easiest to grow they take about 2 to 3 months before producing fruit. Place them in full sun and water daily. Around the tomato, plant basil, oregano, thyme and garlic-this pot has the making of a good pasta sauce. Or plant a pot with Butter lettuce, Romaine lettuce, radishes, a cherry tomato plant and you have a salad in a pot. Herbs make good ground covers: such as creeping thyme, lemon thyme, chamomile, strawberries, all make great ground covers and all grow in full sun.

Privacy Food: If you are looking to create some privacy between you and your neighbors, don't just get any old plant. Plant "Laurus Nobilus", common name Bay Laurels, for a good privacy screen. This is better known as Bay leaves, the same spice that we dry and use in our spaghetti sauce. They are an evergreen bush or tree growing up to 35 feet in height. They give you plenty of privacy. Or plant "Feijoa Sellowiana" common name Pineapple Guava. They make a great evergreen screen growing up to 20 feet in height and have delicious fruit that can be eaten and will also make great mixed drinks.

Made in the shade: Fruit trees make a great shade tree or patio tree. Try planting a self pollinating Cherry Tree. Cherries are so expensive in the supermarket and yet one "Bing Cherry" can produce over 10 to 15 lbs of fruit. My family just harvested our Cherry tree. The fruit was delicious and we picked over 10 lbs of fruit. Other fruit tree options would be planting a Santa Rosa plum or Apricot. These trees produce beautiful white and pink flowers that turn into delicious fruit. If you have a very small yard plant a dwarf or semi-dwarf variety. Full size fruit trees can grow up to 20 feet in height, yet a semi dwarf fruit tree grows about 12 feet and a genetic dwarf fruit tree grows only to about 4 to 5 feet. Genetic fruit trees are great to grow in a pot or large tub. Peaches, nectarines and apples are also great trees to plant in your garden. If you have very limited space and only have room for one fruit tree but you like so many of the summer fruits, you can buy a fruit tree that is called a "fruit cocktail tree". These are fruit trees that have been grafted with several different kinds of fruit on one tree, such as a cherry, plum and peach.

In warmer climates citrus trees and bushes are wonderful. A full size citrus tree can grow 20 feet, it is an evergreen tree with fragrant flowers and wonderful fruit. If you like navel oranges plant "Washington Navels" or "Robertson navels". If juice is desired plant a "Valencia Orange". If you are interested in making Lemonade, plant a" Eureka" or a "Lisbon" Lemon, if you want a decorative Lemon with an orange skin plant a Improved Mayer Lemon. Genetic dwarf citrus grow to a height of 4 to 6 feet are great to grow in a large pot. If you do get a cold spell you can cover them with a plastic tarp making a tent (try not to touch the leaves) or bring the pot inside or on a sheltered patio. Plant strawberries to drape over the container around the dwarf citrus.

Melons are very expensive to buy at the store. Take an area that gets full sun and build 12" high by 24" wide mounds of dirt. Place two melon plants "Ambrosia" cantaloupes or "Sugar Baby" watermelons on the top of the mounds and water daily for two weeks. Melons should be planted after the last frost. After the first two weeks water every other day. It takes 65 to 85 days for your melons to ripen and be ready to eat. When preparing the soil mix in coffee grounds or compost to add organic material to your soil. Aged horse manure is one of the best composts since it is not as high in Urinemic acid as cow manure is.

These are just a few starter ideas help you create an edible garden. Will it solve all of your problems with high food prices? No. But you'll be surprised at how much you'll gain from the work you put into growing your own food. You'll gain a little in the pocketbook; you'll make a few less trips to the grocery store. But most importantly you'll experience the satisfaction of growing your own fruits, herbs and vegetables---and you'll possess the knowledge that you are prepared to provide for your family (at least basic nourishment) no matter what is going on in the world---which is a bit of a 'victory' in its own right.

Michael Glassman is co-host of the Discovery Channel's "Garden Police". He has over 20 years experience, and a degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture from the University of California at Davis. He currently lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter and his work can be viewed on his website.
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