Category Archives: El Salvador

Deforestation in Central America

Of all the environmental issues facing Central America the threat that looms largest is arguably that of deforestation. Home to some of the most diverse and rich forested landscapes in the world, the stats on the region’s loss are depressing. … Continue reading

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People, politics and a poet – scribbles on El Salvador

On our first night in El Salvador, we were asked how much we knew about the country. We had to admit, it was very little. Our journey through the country improved our threadbare knowledge dramatically but still represents a drop … Continue reading

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Promoting permaculture in El Salvador

Land is a scarce commodity in El Salvador. Large fincas cultivating coffee, sugar and cotton monopolise the best spots and, in Central America’s most densely populated country, there isn’t much left over for the little guys. Traditional subsistence farming methods … Continue reading

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Sweating buckets through Honduras

May 23rd-26th: In Central America’s smallest, most densely populated country a golden-toothed smile was never far away. El Salvador gets bad press, and there is undoubtedly a crime problem especially gang related. Thankfully we had no problems, apart from the … Continue reading

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…read all about it (in Spanish that is). On Monday, 23rd May Eduardo’s article about our cycling and couchsurfing exploits in El Salvador was published. Click here to read. Unfortunately Monday was our last day in El Salvador, and nobody … Continue reading

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La Ruta de las Flores, Suchitoto and beyond

Dawdling along La Ruta de las Flores – stomach parasites not being the most accommodating travel companions – we encountered small colonial town after small colonial town, coffee plantations galore and even a gourmet food festival (although we could not … Continue reading

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Literature, film and the Catholic church

Ned and I have both recently read Graham Greene’s ‘The Power and the Glory’. It’s a great book, said to be Greene’s masterpiece and one of President Obama’s favourite books. Set in 1930s Mexico in the state of Tabasco, the … Continue reading

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Grains of gold

In El Salvador the coffee bean is known as ‘el grano de oro’ – the grain of gold. And for good reason. No other country in the region has depended so heavily on coffee in its history and economic development. … Continue reading

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot: Antigua to the El Salvador border

5th- 9th May: Hanging out with old friends, and hooking up with some new ones, gave us the perfect excuse to stay in Antigua longer than we intended. After five days shrouded in cloud, we left on the perfect morning … Continue reading

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