Four hours, one border crossing and two busses later I arrive in Juayua, El Salvador. Juayua is a small town in the mountains in the Ruta de las Flores area, named for the profusion of wildflowers that proliferate from November to February. I have decided to stay at the Hostal Anáhuac which was highly recommended by The Travel Chica and my guidebook.
I am planning to stay here at least five nights and use it as a base to explore the surrounding area. Also, I hear there is a wildly famous international food fair on the weekends.
It is a cozy laid back hostel with two dorms and four private rooms around a beautiful little garden.
My incredibly clean room has real hot water (a first) a very comfortable bed and is decorated by local Salvadorian artists.
The next morning with four new friends, a couple from Tennesee and two sisters from Sweden, we are off for the 2 km walk to the waterfalls. The hotel advises us that there have been some robberies there recently so they arrange a police escort to accompany us (seriously…now stop laughing).
And then we arrive at the next set of falls where we swim while the police watch our cameras and we practice our Spanish.
Then as we head back we find a police jeep at the entrance waiting to give us a ride all the way back to our hotel, a pleasantly unexpected surprise!Tweet