Did you know El Salvadors St Ana Volcano ?

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Central America the home to hundreds of Volcano’s. When staying in Ataco I had to chance to do a Volcano activity, it’s about 60km away and the biggest one in the country. It’s situated in the Cerro Verde National Park and it was about a 1,5 hour hike when I reached the top. This volcano is an active volcano which makes the hike even more exciting. In the centre of the volcano there is a turquoise toxic lake, you can smell the sulphur. It’s a great feeling to stand on top and look down at the crater, it’s perfect for some great photo opportunities, also the area around is stunning for its views. Lake Coatepeque in the distance with some towns around and a smaller volcano on the opposite side. El Salvador has a natural treasure here and for me it was THE highlight of my Central American trip. I am serious about this El Salvador surprised me positively.
I was hiking not by myself but with a group and we were escorted by a policeman, because in the past tourists used to get robbed by hiking the volcano themselves.
It is much safer now and I never felt unsafe in El Salvador during my entire trip.

Cerro Verde National Park ticket office

food and drink stands

police escort

First view of the crater

on top of the world (my feeling at that moment)

Sulphur Lake in the crater

the different layers of the stones

View on Lake Coatepeque

View of the smaller volcano

 

 

 

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Yogjakarta Java Indonesia

My trip to Indonesia brought me to Yogyakarta on the Island of Java.
I stayed in the centre of Jogya as it is called by the locals, on Malioborostreet.
It’s a long street and it’s the mainstreet with lot of little shops were souvenirs and t-shirts are sold at cheap prices. There is also the Malioboro mall where you have several eating places and a supermarket.
The Temples that was the main reason why I came to Jogya, to see the largest Buddhist Temple on earth “Borobudur” and “Prambanan” the largest Hindu Temple in Indonesia and Unesco World Heritage site. I also visited a smaller temple, the Candi Mendut temple which was again a Buddist temple but the big Banyan tree standing next to it was more impressive.

Other news from when I was in Java :

Mount Raung volcano has been spewing ash in the air and several airports on the Java Island aswell as neighbouring Island Bali were closed. The Yogyakarta airport stayed open and I was lucky I got out of there at time cause my next destination would be Singapore and I didn’t want to miss out on Singapore.

Borobudur Temple entrance

Borobudur Temple entrance

nice carvings on the first level

nice carvings on the first level

going to the next level

going to the next level

view over the rainforest from Borobudur temple

view over the rainforest from Borobudur temple

Borobudur Buddha

Borobudur Buddha

the stuppa

the stupa

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more budda's

more buddha’s

view on Merapi Volcano

view on Merapi Volcano

Buddist Candi Temple

Buddhist Candi Mendut Temple

Banyan tree next to Candi Mendut temple

Banyan tree next to Candi Mendut temple

Hindu temple of Prambanan

Hindu temple of Prambanan

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