I haven’t yet ventured too far as yet in El Salvador and not venturing too far in Central America’s smallest but most densely populated country really isn’t venturing too far at all.
— davidMbyrne.com (@ByrneDavidM) May 27, 2013
I’m in the western city of Santa Ana, El Salvador’s second city & its largest urban centre closest to the Guatemalan border, which I crossed over earlier today (it’s also the eight largest city in the Central American region). But second city or no, there doesn’t seem to be too much going on here in Santa Ana. It’s a laid-back enough place, or so it seems; as I said I’m not long here. Shortly after arriving I found myself sitting outside the city’s impressive neo-Gothic Santa Ana Cathedral. It’s by far the best show in town in what is El Salvador’s only overwhelmingly colonial city – the Municipal Palace & Santa Ana Theatre are worth a look, too.
I was happy, very happy, to sit in Parque Libertad for a few hours today looking at everyone looking at me and taking a few pictures in the process. There were pigeons around – lots of the dirty creatures – meaning I had more to photograph than just buildings & inquisitive, none-too-conspicuous locals; I have to assume Santa Ana doesn’t get too many tourists.
Rumours abound that there’s a volcano not too far from here. Santa Ana Volcano, same name as the city. I plan on scaling that tomorrow. And having hardly seen a volcano in volcano-heaven Guatemala, never mind scale one, I’m looking forward to that.