Death on a bus
After yesterday's post about life on El Salvador's buses, today there is a tragic reminder of another aspect of El Salvador's buses -- they are often very unsafe. Thirteen people were killed and 47 wounded this morning as a bus plunged off the side of a road between Santa Ana and Metapan in northwestern El Salvador. Authorities blamed the accident on excessive speed by the driver. The accident comes six months after another bus accident caused by speeding killed 8 and wounded 83.
transit accidents in el salvador are simply too rampant, too often and too dangerous just like criminal violence.
I advise the visitor to El Salvador who has not Travel Insurance and may have a few days to travel in and around El Salvador to either Rent a Car or hire a late model vehicle with local driver to escort you around, Beach, Countryside, Ruins, Colonial and Crafts towns, Volcanoes, Lakes all await..if you are on a very low budget and have a lot of time to spend, the bus is OK, just would advise those spending some time, 2 weeks or more, in El Salvador to purchase a cell phone, "handy", now as inexpensive as $15 with $6 of "saldo" included(TIGO), in case of emergency on the road one can contact friends or lodging in San Salvador, Santa Ana, etc. and call home to USA or Canada 10 cents a minute 24/7, Europe 60/80 cents minute or if you have Skype or other VOIP service, Cybercafes even in small towns everywhere throughout Central America.
Often, traveling in the Tropics, you or your group (best form a small group and share expenses)may have to spend a little money to save a lot of money, time and hassles. From the expat "travel wizard" in El Salvador.
***Gas Premium and Diesel now over $4.00USD a US Gallon in El Salvador
Most budget tour operators or driver/owners will request client pay fuel charges per day tour.
****San Salvador, aside from a few 'marginal areas' is fairly safe daylight hours and the Western part of the city from Metrocentro on to Santa Tecla is quite pleasant. Lots to see and do. With taxi or car and driver lots of varied nightlife...Bohemian sector near San Luis CC, Escalon, Zona Rosa and the new La Gran Via behind Multi Plaza Mall enroute to Santa Tecla and as for the rest of the country, quite safe, friendly and helpful people..message and I'll e mail you my El Salvador Travel "Bloq".
Travelling safe is all about common sense.
Saving money is great, but don't travel to underdeveloped countries thinking everything is "dirt cheap"
and don't start eating street food the minute you arrive, give your boday a few days..don't be a "tightwad"..but don't "overtip" either..be good to yourself.
El Salvador well worth the journey, horror stories aside.
PS several years ago Spanish Govt. invested $5 Million feasability studies light rail..Metro Soyapango-Santa Tecla 26 km. The funds were pocketed by politicians, same a few years earlier with the Italian Govt. funded metro studies for Guate City, Guatemala
Going to take many many many years folks!!!!!
"Life in The Tropics"