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Stage 15

El Salvador

From Guatemala to El Salvador

Great Venture
Great Venture

I started early on the morning of 16 Nov. The ride to the border was a mixture of good and bad roads.
It took me 30mins to cancel my permisso (local term for Temporary Vehicle Import Permit) at Guatemalan side and 1.30hrs to get a new one at the El Salvador side.
A nice customs officer, Rafael, helped me or else I would have taken a longer time.
No fees charged to take my bike into El Salvador.

Surprisingly, the roads in El Salvador were much better than in Guatemala.
Of course there were some broken parts, but still tolerable.
I bypassed Santa Ana, San Salvador and took the coastal road, CA2 to El Cuco.
It was 353kms paved + 3kms on dirt and gravel to reach Tortuga Verde, my hostel at El Cuco.

This place was incredible.
Very beautiful blue and huge waves of the Pacific Ocean could be seen here.
I stayed here for 2 nights just to laze and enjoyed the amazing sunset and fresh and cheap fried fish sold here.
I also managed to see baby turtles being released into the ocean.

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