Ruinas del Tazumal in Santa Ana, El Salvador
We were considering skipping the Ruinas del Tazumal outside Santa Ana. 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. 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!
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:
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.
Chicharron 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!
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