Monthly archives: October 2017


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OCTOBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent 3 weeks in El Salvador. I didn’t think much of it … so, I cut my trip in El Salvador short and headed for Nicaragua early. I made my way from El Esteron, El Salvador to Potosi, Nicaragua by shuttle and boat across the Gulf of Fonseca. I got stuck for a night in Potosi. I arrived just after 3pm … and, the last bus out of town leaves at 3pm! I had to ‘rough it’ in Potosi in a cheap hotel for 1 night (there are only 2 choices – […]

Jiquilillo – Nicaragua – Information


OCTOBER 2017: Read our Retirement Reviews to find good places to retire on a budget. THE CA4 COUNTRIES: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are known as the CA4 (Central American 4) countries. As I describe in my Roatan to San Pedro post, I ‘struck lucky’ coming back through the Honduras-Guatemala border … Guatemala Immigration gave me a new 90 Day Visa (which they are not meant to do). This new visa got me into Guatemala and helped me avoid the need for a boat trip to Belize … I had no problems getting into E Salvador with it … […]

El Esteron – El Salvador – To – Potosi – Nicaragua



OCTOBER 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying in El Esteron, El Salvador to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read El Esteron – El Salvador – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: […]

El Esteron – El Salvador – GRANDPAcking Costs


OCTOBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had spent 1 week in Santa Ana and another week in El Tunco: two of the top rated tourist destinations in El Salvador. I was not impressed by either. It was time to try something completely different … it was time for 1 week in El Cuco (or, El Esteron … to be exact) … EL TUNCO TO EL CUCO / EL ESTERON: Gekko Shuttles have an office in El Tunco (on the Main Road) that advertises a shuttle to El Cuco. However, in October, their office was closed. I contacted them […]

El Esteron – El Salvador – Information



OCTOBER 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying in El Tunco, El Salvador to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read El Tunco – El Salvador – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: […]

El Tunco – El Salvador – GRANDPAcking Costs


OCTOBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: El Tunco was meant to be my ‘first port of call’ in El Salvador, but as I made my way from San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala) to El Salvador on Chicken Busses, I ran out of time and had to divert to Santa Ana. I was planning to spend 3-4 weeks in El Salvador on the way to Nicaragua. After 1 week in Santa Ana … it was time for 1 week in El Tunco … SANTA ANA TO EL TUNCO: I made my own way from Santa Ana to El Tunco by […]

El Tunco – El Salvador – Information



OCTOBER 2017: OVERVIEW: This post contains a detailed breakdown of costs for 2 GRANDPAckers holidaying in Santa Ana, El Salvador to GRANDPAcking standard. As a reminder, this “standard” requires 2 GRANDPAckers to: Stay in an Hotel Double Room with Fan and Private Bathroom Eat 3 ‘balanced’ meals each day in a budget restaurant CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read San Pedro LL, Guatemala to Santa Ana, El Salvador and Santa Ana – El Salvador – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you […]

Santa Ana – El Salvador – GRANDPAcking Costs


OCTOBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my own way from San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala to Santa Ana, El Salvador by Shuttle and Chicken Busses. It was an exhausting journey that took me over 15 hours of non-stop travel. I had, actually, planned to get all the way to Playa El Tunco (on the coast near La Libertad) … but I had to abandon that idea in Sonsonate when I ran out of time (to get to Playa El Tunco from Sonsonate required me to first catch a bus to San Salvador and, then, another bus […]

Santa Ana – El Salvador – Information



OCTOBER 2017: Read our Retirement Reviews to find good places to retire on a budget. BACKDROP: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are known as the CA4 (Central American 4) countries. In June 2017, I left Palenque (Mexico) and cut across northern Guatemala to the Honduran Bay Islands. I stayed nearly 3 months in Utila and Roatan before needing to get out of the CA-4 (again) to renew my visa. I bought a Shuttle / Boat Ticket from Roatan to Punta Gorda, Belize. As I describe in my Roatan to San Pedro post, I ‘struck lucky’ at the Honduras-Guatemala border […]

San Pedro LL – Guatemala – To – Santa Ana – El Salvador