Lago Coatepque is a crater lake near Santa Ana or around 2 hours drive from San Salvador. Getting there by buses is a bit tedious, believe me! But overall it’s worth a trip. I’ve now been to Lago Coatepeque twice and my experiences there could not be more different.
My first time there was tinged by the sadness of a breakup and imminent realisation that I would grow old with a house full of cats… actually probably dogs, but the forever alone-ness of the situation was very much set.
I’d caught the wrong bus, got off at a bad stop and was left in front of a local families house to cry. Admittedly, not one of my finest, most impressive moments but the family let me use their outhouse and showed me the right bus. Crisis averted.
I arrived at a ranch only for the rooms to be $30 per bed. In a freaking dorm. In El Salvador. Nah-uh honey. In a fit of frustration and defiance I slept in a tent on their lawn… okay, it wasn’t that defiant. The tent was $5 a night but I felt I’d stuck it to them.
Overall the lake was pretty fucking b-e-a-utiful and I met some friendly folks who made my time there more interesting.
My second time at the lake was VERY different, I was invited with a group of friends and loved ones to shoot some photos for a classy as fuck hotel (which made it free. Yes you heard right, free)! Transport, accommodation, food, canoes, paddle boards and good times were covered. It was for sure the nicest place I’ve stayed to date (we had a whole apartment to ourselves) and heavily overshadowed the not-that-good-but-also-not-really-bad-at-all experience I’d previously had at the lake.