The Sunsets of El Tunco
Vamos a la playa!
Martin and I would say this to each other nearly every day in Antigua. Guatemala may be beautiful with a rich indigenous culture, but it is cold! We needed some heat. We wanted a place where jackets were unnecessary.
We went to El Salvador.
Playa El Tunco is about an hour from the capital city of San Salvador. Just take bus 102 for $1.50 per person, and it will take you right there. El Tunco is a tiny beach town that feels like it has been built for tourists. Restaurants, hostels, and surf shops line its two streets.
Backpackers flock to El Tunco to learn how to surf.
Martin did rent a surf board one afternoon, but he quickly realized that he preferred just playing in the waves to actual surfing. I did not like the waves. They were so powerful! I was only in water up to my knees and a wave threw me to the ground and badly bruised my hip. I spent most of my time reading on the beach.
I went to an awesome yoga class and afterwards had a delicious ginger-spinach-celery-apple juice at Soya Juice Bar. Restaurants are plenty and cheap, but grocery stores missing. Surprisingly, our favorite restaurant was Take a Wok (yes, Chinese food). The falafel place next door was also delicious. Pupusas (a stuffed tortilla) are cheap and tasty.
I loved the chill vibe of El Tunco and the fact that the only thing we really had on our schedule every day was watching the sunset.
My first Salvadorian sunset:
I loved seeing how every day the sunset was different!