San Salvador to El Cuco

Posted: September 29, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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The trucks were finally finished and we were anxious to get back on the road. We were warned that it was going to be tough going to get out of San Salvador on a Friday afternoon dealing with rush hour and weekend traffic. It was also bittersweet since spending a week in San Salvador, we had to come to love San Salvador and all it had to offer. Another plus was meeting up with the El Salvador Land Rover Club, that was a big plus. We’ll have more to tell you about that later.

As we battled the traffic heading east out of the city, it quickly became a game of chicken with taxi’s, busses, pedestrians, mopeds, bicycles and animals. An all out free for all, dodging speed bumps, huge crater-like potholes, military and police checkpoints, but we were making progress ever so slowly. Often all the lanes but one would close down forcing causing everyone to merge into one lane because of construction or some disabled vehicle. The trucks got split up several times, but we always followed protocol, if we lose sight of each other we always pull over and wait until the other catches up. After what seemed like hours we made it to the outskirts of San Salvador and picked up CA 2. Finally on the outskirts of town, we started moving along at a steady 60 mph and enjoying the amazing views of the volcanoes.

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When we saw the sign for San Vicente, we took a right off CA 2 went thru San Vicente and got on an unpaved road heading south that would hook us up to CA 1. This unpaved road turned out to be quite an adventure, as more than two or three times we had to come to a complete stop for animals in the road. And these animals owned the road.

Eventually we hooked up with CA 1 and started heading east again until we saw the sign for El Cuco. Again driving over another volcano, we rolled into town just before dark. It was great to arrive at La Tortuga Verde. Stay tuned for updates as we try our hand as sea turtle conservationists.

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