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Chichi or El Salvador Route of Flowers craft villages?

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Hi. I am having a hard time deciding between Chichi or the Route of Flowers Craft Villages in El Salvador. The only day we have available for Chichi would be a Sunday and that same weekend we could also choose to see all of the little craft villages on the Route of Flowers in El Salvador that have little festivals on the weekends with food and crafts like Juayua. I am also interested in going because they have the brightly mural covered houses/business in the area. I have read that those little towns all but close up during the week so the weekend is the optimal time to visit.

On the other hand, I also have that nagging feeling like I should not be missing Chichi.
We will be going to Antigua, but I know that is not the same.

There is not a lot out there about el salvador, so I am afraid I will trade something that is ok for Chichi, which people seem to rave about. something that people seem to rave about. Any info or opinion is appreaciated.

Thanks, Heather





We are heading up to Antigua, but I know that doesn't compare to chichi.

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    Without knowing where else you'll be it's hard to know what to recommend. The Guatemala highlands are amazing, one of the true jewel regions in the world imo. If you're only going to see Antigua (which is lovely but feels like a touristy, cleaned up, not very "real" Central American town to me) then it's a shame not to head into the highlands to visit Chichi and Lake Atitlán. If you're visiting the lake anyway, there are other markets on different days that may interest you as much as Chichi's; for just plain shopping Panajachel is better. If you visit Chichi don't miss the produce market. Imo it's the highlight and most visitors never see it. Lots of photos and recommendations here: http://flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections

    I also don't know how much time you're spending on the road or how you're arriving and leaving; you're describing several very long travel days if you're heading back to Guatemala after El Salvador. Just remember that anything you don't see in the region this trip is just a good excuse to go again. :-)

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    Think about El Salvador smallest of the CA countries not many other travellers and great waves if you like to Surf.
    Anyway just a biased thought as I live here but anyway here is some more information about this small but very diverse country.

    Buses are your best bet in most of Central America, most use the local buses but if you need to travel fast there are 3 central amercian bus lines that provide direct similuxury buses between souther mexico and San Jose Costa Rica. They are not really not very expensive for the service they provide, you can find information on their web at ticabus.com, kingquality and buses el sol. When travelling in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaruagua and Hodurous you will be given only 90 for the 4 countries and border crossing are fairly easy policy and price varies if you need to get an extention for more days. From what I have heard from other travelers the only contry that respects fully the C4 agreement is El Salvador where you won´t charged when entering or leaving the country the other 3 contries will charge enrty and exit fees of between $3-$7.
    I have been living in El Salvador for now over 15 years and for the past 7 years I have become very involved in local tourism(I am the current president of our local tourism association here in Suchitoto) The following is a list of places on that I consider must visit if travelling in El Salvador, the list is in no particular order.
    1) the beaches of the west coast great for surfing or just hanging out, for more night life Playa El Tunco and a little more laid back Playa El Zonte.
    2) Playa Los Cobonos, there now is a new inexpensive hostel run by a young salvadorean woman Karla(PM me for the phone)
    3) Still in the west the ruta de flores and especially Ataco and Juayua but have many lodging options, coffee tours, waterfalls. Ziplines and dune buggy tours are a kick and can be found in Apaneca
    4) Tacuba and the imposible park, check out the site for imposible tours with manolo and his parents hostel. Most travelers I have talked to have loved his tours.
    5) In the north La Palma, San Ignacio and the highlands
    6) Suchitoto(where I live) great to just kick back and relax. There are now 5 hostels all under $20 two that charge $7 and hotels up to $100+ Civil war hikes or hourseback rides on the Guazapa mountains, the El Necio Bar even a disco on fridays and Saturdays
    7) Alegria, came in first as El Salvadors best tourist city, not a lot to do there but it is a pretty town in the mountains, great views and a nice crater lake. There are only two hostels
    8) Perquin and northern Morazan, war museun, masacre site at El Mozote and natural reserve area Rio Sapo. I always recommend a tour with trhe guides at Prodetur(booth in Perquin and main office about 10 minutes out of town) they charge between $15-20 for a full day tour on local buses to museum, Mozote and rio sapo
    Well that should give you a good start you can find links to most every thing in El Salvador at [url=http://www.theotherelsalvador.com]http://www.theotherelsalvador.com [/url]and for more information about Suchitoto visit the oficial site at [url=http://www.suchitoto-el-salvador.com]http://www.suchitoto-el-salvador.com [/url]or unofficial site at [url=http://www.gaesuchitoto.com]http://www.gaesuchitoto.com[/url]
    Ok have a great trip and if you need more information about El Salvador feel free to drop me an email.
    Robert Broz "El Gringo" in Suchitoto

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