I took my backpack and went to El Salvador with some friends. I went from Utila, and crossed all the way to the coast to go and learn how to surf in El Tunco. The waves were perfect for beginners but still I rented an advanced board, wich means it took me a week to be able to stand on my board. I was pound and crushed by the waves everyday, but still always stand back up and went for more. The locals are very good surfers and always ready to give you some tip. Apart from Surfing there is plenty of things to do around. The local food is call Papousa, it is a sort of Baliadas or Tacos with met and sauce. Very basic but it fill you in for a dollar. There currency is the American dollar. I learned how to play guitar in the streets of El Salvador. The capital is San Salvador where you can find plenty of shopping center with Fast Food chains all around, cinemas and many popular American shops. The shopping center is the perfect place to meet nice girls from San Salvador.
I crossed the border from Honduras with El poy. The main crossings into El Salvador are at El Poy and El Amatillo; there is a third crossing south of Marcala, but because of a longstanding border dispute, there is no Salvadoran immigration post there. There’s no one to stop you, either, but entering here is technically illegal and you can be fined if your status is discovered.
To travels around Salvador you will need to take the chicken buses. They are old yellow school buses repainted with many colors, and all equipped with a good surround system. Make sure you have some change when you get in, a ride can cost you as less as 5 cents for 10 Km. Check my Gallery for more pictures on those buses. The main places to see in Salvador are La libertad ( where there is also very good places to surf) El Tunco ( where I started surfing ) Santa Anna,San Miguel ( Volcanos ) and La Union if you planned continuing your trip to Nicaragua crossing the border there.
The language spoken is Spanish but many people speak English as well. I miss surfing in Salvador, this was one of my first backpack trip ever, and I enjoyed it so much.