El Salvador’s Hidden Gem: Playa El Tunco

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I dragged myself out of bed with the mosquito net basically in my mouth from tossing and turning all night excited for my next venture: hitchhiking to Playa El Tunco in El Salvador.

The night before, I had met a couple from Canada named Alex and Luke — two new-age hippies who met while tree-planting and decided to do a road trip from Canada down to Panama in their yellow 1970s Volkswagen van. After talking, it turned out they were heading to Playa El Tunco and within minutes it was decided that I would hitch a ride with them. Because, why not!

At 8 a.m., we hit the road and left the sleepy beach town of Monterrico with Bob Marley playing in the background as we swerved past giant potholes en-route to El Salvador.

The border crossing took hours — we sat in line, sweating, with no air conditioning and our remaining bottled water now as hot as the sun. We noticed a watermelon truck in front of us and managed to convince the driver to sell us one for $1. He tossed it down to us, Luke used a machete to cut it into giant chunks to eat and we ended up covered in watermelon juice down to our elbows without a care in the world.

Eight hours later we finally made it to El Tunco and an ice-cold cerevesa never tasted so good! We made it just in time for sunset, and we knew we had made the right decision in coming here. To this day, I have never seen a sunset so beautiful.

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