El Salvador, a photo journal-Part I

El Salvador, a photo journal-Part I
Land lesson with Saskia, Pete, Natasha and Mark

Land lesson with Saskia, Pete, Natasha and Mark

Matty and Saskia waiting for a wave

Matty and Saskia waiting for a wave

We crossed the border to El Salvador hungry for surf. Our first stop was El Zonte where we met our overland family. All the crew wanted to give it a try, and Matty being the good surf instructor he is, took everyone out.

Filling up the parking lot with overlanders from all over the place

Filling up the parking lot with overlanders from all over the place

New Year celebrations were done in style, we had a great party with costumes, live music, psychedelic lights, champagne and plenty of good company. Way to start 2017!

We stayed at Saburo's place in el Zonte for many days. It was too comfortable to leave, the wave is just in front, there is a pool and the sunsets were magical. Matty and I were the lasts left in the parking lot when we finally rolled out of there, feeling almost a little lonley. 

Paco the giant iguana, hanging by the pool

Paco the giant iguana, hanging by the pool

One of the noisy papagayos from Saburo's place

One of the noisy papagayos from Saburo's place

Sunset in El Zonte

Sunset in El Zonte

Finally decided to head south but only for a few kilometers to El Tunco, famous little town with plenty of restaurants, night life, stores and classic waves: Sunzal and La Bocana. We found an epic camping spot by the beach, where Domingo, the care taker, and his family, welcomed us for days and days. We met new overlander friends and eventually also re-united with our classic crew.

Our camping spot by the beach in El Tunco

Our camping spot by the beach in El Tunco

Domingo harvesting coconuts in the property

Domingo harvesting coconuts in the property

Domingo's children, always curious

Domingo's children, always curious

Jose Domingo helps his father with the coconut harvesting

Jose Domingo helps his father with the coconut harvesting

Our friends from the Netherlands left too soon, we were feeling like a little family. Steve and Diana(left) had their baby on the road, they've been traveling for 5 years. Marnix and Martjin are currently editing a documentary they filmed in Central America about alternative ways of living, we might have a little part on it. To learn more click here

Our friends from the Netherlands left too soon, we were feeling like a little family. Steve and Diana(left) had their baby on the road, they've been traveling for 5 years. Marnix and Martjin are currently editing a documentary they filmed in Central America about alternative ways of living, we might have a little part on it. To learn more click here

Afternoons watching the sunset never get old. The view from our spot was priceless. Soon enough more friends roll into the lot and together we surfed for hours, explored caves, cooked epic dinners, chilled and over all shared really good times.

Exploring caves at low tide

Exploring caves at low tide

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Yes we spent a lot of time in the caves...

Yes we spent a lot of time in the caves...

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Left to right: Matty, John, Mandi, Stefy, Kai, Sunny and Karen enjoying classic sunset cocktails

Left to right: Matty, John, Mandi, Stefy, Kai, Sunny and Karen enjoying classic sunset cocktails

As it usually happens with us, we were the lasts ones on the lot again. Our friends came and left. We stayed, taking maximum advantage of the inexpensive camping and the closeness to the wave. Plenty of time to chill and surf, I did a lot of both!

Unfortunately we had to leave and head to San Salvador to re-new our visas, but that's another story so stayed tuned for Part II...