Monday, November 21, 2011

Juayua, El Salvador... Street Food Feria

I decided to chill for the morning and soak up some sun on the beach. The arena (sand) in this area is black sand due to the historical volcano activity. To me the sand gets much hotter under my feet, but it seems to have some crystal elements that make it sparkle which I like.

While hanging out I learned of a town called Juayua. Every Saturday and Sunday they have a street food feria (festival) that attracts people from all over El Salvador. They have typical food, but also some unusual items like alotes loco (crazy corn), rana (frog), culebra (snake) and iguana. The only issue was that the town is located in the western highlands which I had already passed. I made some quick assessments and figured out that it was only about 50 miles away. Nice! I could do 50 miles. I didn't realize that it would be so easy to get around this country. I packed and set off on the road. I backtracked along the coastal route.

It was Sunday morning, and like in the states, it appears that everyone with a motorcycle was out riding. I latched on to a group of four riders. It's typically safer riding in numbers. One was riding a standard, two on choppers and one on a dual sport.

I headed west then north. The route north is called the Ruta de Las Flores (Route of Flowers). The road wound through some small towns and the fuana along the road was lush. I noticed some flowers, but perhaps not as many as I expected. Maybe I just needed to go further along.

I found the town and checked into Hotel Anuhuac. It was about 1pm. It was the perfect time to go get me some street food.
There were some normal market stalls.
I saw these cool woven raindeer, but were would I put one.
This lady had a unique way of transporting her rain deer. Who needs a helmet anyways.
And then there were the street food feria stalls.
Lots of people.
Lots of food. Grilled ribs, steaks, chicken and pork. Each plate was priced at about US$5.
Fried dough balls. I should have asked if there was something inside.
Frog, rabit and snake.
I opted for this mix plate of steak, shrimp, potatoes, rice, plantains, chiles and pupusas (stuffed dough).
And this seafood ceviche.

I was stuffed at the end of it all.
Across from the central plaza where the feria was taking place was this iglesia.
The church contains a Cristo Negro (Black Christ) an important religious statue carved by Quirio Cataño in the late 16th century. The Black Christ has been significant image to the indigenous people because they simply relate to it better than a White Christ.

I spent the rest of the day wandering around the market and park. Then back to the hotel for a siesta. Nice little place, this town of Juayan.

1 comment:

  1. Hey buddy, where are you from? I know you are not a gringo because of your English, but you don't have to pretend you are one when you spell PUPUSAS Popusas. I am glad you enjoyed Juayua, it is my favourite town in El Salvador.



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