TRIP TO CENTRAL AMERICA
There are trips that mark you, places that stay and are part of you. For me traveling to Central America was one of those trips, and somehow a lifelong dream awaiting to be fulfilled. Getting on the plane, and thinking that I was about to discover countries I did not know, almost as much as the curiosity and attraction I felt towards them. And suddenly, almost as if it were an irrational love, falling in love irremediably as soon as I stepped on them.
El Salvador, the so-called “Tom Thumb of America” due to its size, is a small country with a unique wealth, and especially a big heart. Nature everywhere, millenary history through its Mayan pyramids, and a great culture and gastronomy like that of the pupusas, its national dish, for a destination that has it all. But Nicaragua also surprised me. With friendly and familiar people, this country is a land of volcanoes that left a lasting impression with live images that will not be deleted from my memory ever in my life, such as looking at the crater of the Masaya volcano. Unforgettable! From a colonial past that is felt in each of its corners, Nicaragua, and its cities such as León and Granada, true architectural gems and full of color and a splendor that still shine. And if that were not enough, activities as spectacular as going down the slope of the Cerro Negro volcano to almost 80 kms/hour on a board. Central America is also pure adrenaline! And after Nicaragua, I discovered the meaning of a very special expression: “Pura vida.” Costa Rica is the perfect definition of it. Living nature that embraces you strong and connects you with it better than any Wi-Fi network. It is almost the same way at a human level, thanks to the warmth that the “ticos” transmit to you, and their sympathy with all those who visit them, and who systematically go on to become “maes” (friends). I had never seen so many animals in freedom before. Tapirs, macaws, monkeys, turtles, sloths, iguanas, alligators, and all kinds of frogs and insects, and the list goes on.