El Salvador - Visiting the gang country

The city Santa Ana or the beach town El Tunco seemed nice. But the capital San Salvador probably isnt a good place to spend too vacation time, due to the violent activities going on here between gangs MS13 and Barrio18.

19.3.2016 - Arriving and visiting San Salvador
Came with the bus from Guatemala City today and it was indeed the best bus ride Ive ever had and this is no joke. It was a luxury bus with two floors and a big fat comfortable lounge seat on the upper floor in the front. They brought breakfast and drinks and the bus had wifi:)

After arriving in San Salvador I immediately went out then to see the city center as long the sun was up. Didn't want to be in the center of San Salvador when its getting dark as the chance of being a victim of some stupid gang violence was the last thing I wanted me to be involved here. In general, I didn't notice any violence the short stay that I was there, the only thing I saw on every corner remembered me to places in Europe, for example, France, where heavy armed soldiers overlooking the happenings. However, according to different news sources, El Salvador was the country with the highest murder rates.

With bus and walking towards the city center.

Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo

The soldier on the left has a cool granade launcher rifle. 
I like how they manage to make old cars up and running again.

Basketball court in close to the San Salvador city center.

If I had leather shoes with me, I would have polished them in that shoe polish studio.

Coming closer to the city center, the market started to grow.

I was fascinated by this shop :)

The distance to the center was easy to estimate by the increasing noise.

Arriving in the city center of San Salvador. 
Metropolitan Cathedral Of San Salvador 

The so called Parish Dunharrow (Rosario), a church, in the background.

This is the most central point, Plaza Libertad.

Shoe polishing around Plaza Libertad.

This man walks with his squirrel on the head. I found out its is common for people here to have such a pet.

Here an example of a medium sized shopping mall squeezed into a boutique. 

Police is heavily overlooking Plaza Libertad.

Police Squads wearing black masks.
Under the roofs are markets.

20.3.2016 - Santa Ana
Went up early in the morning to take the public bus for a visit in Santa Ana. This city is said to be much nicer and more safe than San Salvador and so it was. Ok, it was the same heat but the streets were more clean and open and the buildings contained some culture in its architecture.
I like these cars.

Still in San Salvador, on the way to the bus station.

Arriving in Santa Ana. Its also busy like San Salvador but not that narrow.

Guns not allowed in the markets.

Some locals told me that two weeks ago someone threw a granade in this street.

The main attraction of Santa Ana. A nice church. The church Catedral de Nuestra Señora Santa Ana.

The government building Palacio Municipal de Santa Ana. 

Invisible heat in these streets. 

A Piñata in work. Soon gets filled with candy.

21.3.2016 - El Tunco
El Tunco is a small beach town on the pacific coast. I didnt wanna go swimming, but i wanted to see something else than just the cities of El Salvador. As the recently errupted volcano didnt have any flowing lava anymore, I didnt go hiking and visit the volcano. So instead, I went to the beach :). It was easy to get there by public bus from San Salvador.

After arriving in El Tunco, I ordered fish and rice.

This hill or stone is the trademark of El Tunco.

El Tuno is supposed to be a surfers paradise. Too bad I cant surf.

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