Expresión Cultural Café y Restaurante in Santa Ana, El Salvador

Expresión Cultural Café y Restaurante is a hip hangout in the colonial downtown of Santa Ana.  They present a menu of local and international cuisine, focusing mainly on Latin American dishes.  Many awesome local art pieces are displayed around the restaurant, along with random vintage collectables.

We had a few tacos, which featured buttery shrimp, grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and a creamy sauce.  We also ordered the quesadilla appetizer which were super cheesy and served with some great guacamole and salsa.

Expresión Cultural also had a nice selection of espresso drinks, non-alcoholic beverages and a large variety fresh juices.  Expresión Cultural Café y Restaurante is a trendy place with good eats and great vibes.  The staff are professional and take care of you well.  Check it out if you’re in or around Santa Ana!

Location: Calle 11 Poniente y Avenida 8 Sur, Santa Ana.

Phone: 24401410

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafeexpresion

 

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Carrie’s 25th birthday at the Lago de Coatepeque

Lago de Coatepeque

On Carrie’s birthday we had quite a day of touring.   After hitting up the Mayan Ruinas del Tazumal, we bussed it back to Santa Ana where we boarding bus 220 (242 works as well) for El Lago, a.k.a. Lago de Coatepeque.  The lake is in a volcanic crater and is sparkling blue and about 6km across.  Its not very far from Santa Ana, but the bus is slow so it takes about an hour to get there.  There is a small village on the edge of the lake with a few hostels and restaurants on docks extending out over the water.  We had a few birthday Pilseners and enjoyed the clear skies and the towering green volcanos around us.  Oh, what a lifestyle.

Lago de Coatepeque
On the way back we took a pit stop in El Congo because we saw an ice cream shop with an ice cream cake sign.  We bought two slices and it was super rich and fantastic.  Carrie said it was a great first birthday in another country!

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Ruinas del Tazumal in Santa Ana, El Salvador

Ruinas del Tazumal

I was a bit weary and skeptical of ruins after spending so much time in Perú.  “Really, how can anything compare to Machu Picchu?” I thought.  With this attitude, we were considering skipping the Ruinas del Tazumal outside Santa Ana.  Our hostel’s owner convinced us to go, however, and we were so glad we did.  It was a quick, easy, and cheap excursion from Santa Ana and the Mayan ruins were so different from anything we had seen before!

Ruinas del Tazumal

The Tazumal Ruins are located in a public park right inside the small town of Chalchuapa, only 13km from Santa Ana.  The structure is basically one big pyramid which is now partially buried underground.  It costs $3 to enter and you can walk around and even climb on some parts of the pyramid.  Of course doing this inspired some epic Apocalypto-like posing, and, as always, jumping pictures:

Ruinas del Tazumal
I am your ruler!!!!!

Ruinas del Tazumal

Ruinas del Tazumal

Ruinas del Tazumal

After walking around and taking lots of pictures of the Ruinas del Tazumal for about an hour we had had our fill of archeology.  Before leaving, we stopped at a cafe to try a local Chaulchuapa specialty: Yucca con chicharron.

Ruinas del TazumalChicharron is fried pork kind of like bacon, and it was served over boiled and mashed yucca with some coleslaw mixed in.  Zach enjoyed it more than I did, but we both LOVED the “horchata!”  Horchata is an amazing iced beverage made from the roasted seeds of the “morro” fruit.  Horchata is super sweet, milky, really almost chocolatey!  I don’t know how they get that taste out of this fruit, but it works for me!  I’d tried Mexican horchata once before but this was way better.  I think we discovered another addiction!

Ruinas del Tazumal
Sadly, morro trees are almost extinct!

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Pretty things in Santa Ana El Salvador

Santa Ana El Salvador
Facade of the gorgeous neo-Gothic cathedral

Santa Ana, the old capital of El Salvador, is a small city with a few pretty things to see.  Everyone we met in Santa Ana El Salvador was “muy amable” (“very friendly”) as they say here.

Santa Ana El Salvador
Pink and green pillars inside the cathedral
Santa Ana El Salvador
Ha! The sides and back which you can’t see from the street are just ordinary brick!
Santa Ana El Salvador
Parque Central

Luckily it also has a lot of great food and ice cream, which helped me celebrate my 25th birthday right!  What pizza! Pizza is for parties and that’s what we were in the mood for.

Santa Ana El Salvador
Birthday pizza at the aptly named “Good Pizza” restaurant.

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