My blog Update

I want to say that I am sorry that I have not been posting on our blog.
I have been very sick and now I am going to have an operation. I have a condition called constrictive pericarditis, the protective sac around my heart has calcified and is not letting my heart perform as it should to supply blood and oxygen to my body, my legs, feet and abdomen have swollen up and now I have fluid in my lungs. I have been going to hospital for treatment and test since March, my Cardiologist told me yesterday I would have to have the operation right away or I could have a heart attack any time. They will have to go in and remove the sac from around my heart without damaging the heart. The doctors say after this if it is successful I will feel like new, I will be able to jog, walk long distance and all the things I have lost over the last 5 years, I can not walk to the car without being out of breath. I will be going in the hospital Monday morning, doing test and prep on Tuesday and they are going to operate on Wednesday.

I would appreciate any prayers that my followers would like to offer for me. Thank you.

I hope to be able to write some in about one to two months, I do not know how long before I can get out and travel around the country.

I hope I can be back at this very soon. Thanks for the support.


El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

Hugh, Coffee Plants Background By: Hugh C. Talley


It has been a while since we have posted on our blog sites, I have had some health issues but feeling better now and hope to be posting a lot more. I found this very interesting, hope our followers find it interesting and useful.

 El Salvador’s Brewery Tour


Salvadorean Tours, a tour company that offers sightseeing tours in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is a very good company and a great way see some of the best sites in Central America. I think the El Salvador brewery tour is very good especially if you like beer.

El Salvador’s ‘Stop Over Project’ Adds Brewery Tour


Minister of Tourism José Napoleón Duarte, along with Cadejo General Manager, David Falkenstein, and the Marketing Manager of Salvadorean Tours have launched a new product called “Stop Over Brewing Tour” as part of the country of El Salvador’s Stop Over Project.

Stop Over was released by the Ministry of Tourism earlier this year and exempts passengers in transit through El Salvador from travel taxes in the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to passengers in transit so they can tour the country for up to 48 hours.

The tour consists of a unique experience where tourists will visit the Cadejo Brewing Company plant, the largest craft beer plant in Central America. Visitors will get to know in detail the process of brewing and beer-making.

“The Ministry of Tourism is providing its full support to the private sector for the diversification of the country’s tourism offer. This tour is a new option for tourists who decide to make a stop in El Salvador and want to know the city and take part of a unique experience in Central America,” Duran said.

Salvadorean Tours is the company responsible for promoting the tour. Passengers who opt for the Stop Over Brewing Tour will be transferred from the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to the Cadejo Brewery plant and vice versa. The approximate price of the tour will be around $75, including the round-trip transportation.

Salvadorean Tours recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award that recognizes excellence in hospitality and is granted only to businesses that have consistently earned good reviews from TripAdvisor travelers by continuously providing superior service to its customers.

“The launch of this new Stop Over Brewing Tour reinforces our commitment of constantly innovating our tourism services in El Salvador. This new tour is an excellent choice for travelers in transit who want a unique experience in Central America while traveling throughout the region,” said Rodrigo Moreno, marketing manager of Salvadorean Tours.

The tour is available every day of the week and is conducted by experts in the field. It must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

This great new experience can be booked exclusively on Salvadorean Tours website:

We hope you find this information helpful and interesting. Please leave us comments and suggestions so that we get the information you want.

La Dolce Vita II

DSCN3334By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I were able to spend a couple of days at a very nice little resort named La Dolce Vita II on San Bas Beach last week, it is a restaurant and small hotel right on the beach front. La Dolce Vita is not a luxury hotel, but if you want something that is very affordable, clean and right on the beach this is a very nice place. The rooms range from $35 – $65 a night, rooms have bathroom with shower, cable TV, Air Condition and free Wi-Fi.

The owner Sr. Carmine Cedrola is from Italy, he is a Chef with an international background and he was named “Chef of the Year” for 2014 by the Salvadorian Restaurant Association. Sr. Cedrola relocated to El Salvador 20 years ago with his wife, who is from El Salvador. Sr. Cedrola teaches a culinary course at the local university and he has a cooking show on the TV network. Sr. Cedrola speaks very good English and Spanish, we found him very interesting and enjoyed talking with him. Elizabeth and I enjoyed the food at the restaurant, over the two days stay we enjoyed the calamari, the omelets, pizza and fried shrimp. The menu has a very good variety of seafood, pasta and local cuisine.

The beach is very clean and the sun rise and sun set were beautiful. Elizabeth and I enjoyed walking on the beach. I enjoy watching the ocean and the waves but I do not care to swim in the ocean. At night, in our room we could hear the ocean waves hitting the shore, I found it very peaceful. They have very nice swimming pools, one for adults and one for children at this hotel. We spent a lot of time in the pool, it was clean and very nice. Like I said I do not like to swim in the ocean, but I love the pool.

After two days we headed back home, but really enjoyed our little vacation. We would recommend La Dolce Vita II, it is a nice place, it was safe, affordable, the food was very good, staff was great and a special thanks to Jauiver Alvarado the manager, he was very helpful. Elizabeth and I hope to visit again soon.

We have attached some pictures, we hope that you enjoy them. Please let us hear from you with your comments or questions. Thank you for reading our blog.


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Our 4th of July 2015

DSCN3334 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I celebrated the 4th of July with some family members at our home in Cara Sucia. We had a great time with the family. We did not have fireworks, but we had plenty of good food.

I made barbecue ribs and chicken on the grill. Elizabeth made potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob. We had cake for dessert. Elizabeth and I really enjoyed the evening with family to celebrate our American Holiday, everyone enjoyed and had a good time.

I have attached some pictures we took, hope you enjoy and we hope you enjoyed the Holiday as much as we did.

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Nubes Café

DSCN3409 By: Hugh C. Talley

My wife’s uncle Arturo and some of his family from Belize came to visit the family here last week. Elizabeth and I went with them to visit the scenic “Route of The Flowers” near Ahuachapan. This is a very beautiful area with a lot of history.
We went to Nubes Café for lunch and as always this was very enjoyable. We had the tortilla soup, barbecue ribs, grilled meat, rice, vegetables and salad. The food was very good, everyone enjoyed it very much. After eating we walked through the beautiful gardens. This is a great place to visit and have a good meal if you are in the Ahuachapan area.
We have attached some pictures from the trip, hope that you enjoy them.


















































Rancho Brisas Del Mar

DSCN3973 By Hugh C. Talley

We discovered a new beach resort that is near Cara Sucia, it is Rancho Brisas Del Mar and is only 10K from Cara Sucia; We went to visit the resort and have lunch. I found it to be a very nice place, it is right on the beach and the beach is very clean. The restaurant overlooks the beach and is very clean, they have rooms for rent that range from $20 to $40, the rooms are fair but not great. The pool area is nice and very will kept.

We enjoyed the lunch, we had grilled fish and grilled shrimp with rice and salad, the food was very good and there was plenty of it.

I enjoyed the afternoon having lunch and spending time with family at the beach. I will definitely make a return visit to this resort if only for a day trip. It is a nice place.

We have attached some pictures. Hope you enjoy our blog, please leave us your comments and thoughts.


Elizabeth’s Birthday

Hugh & ElizabethBy: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth’s Birthday was Thursday, so we went to Metalio Beach near Sonsonate. We had not been out in a while so we really enjoyed the day.

We had lunch around 1pm, Elizabeth had the fried shrimp with rice and vegetables and I had the fried shrimp with fries and a salad. The food was very good. After lunch we relaxed in the hammocks for a while.

Elizabeth and I took a walk on the beach in the evening and after that we came back and enjoyed the pool for a few hours before heading back home. We stopped at Super Selectos on the way home and brought a Birthday cake for Elizabeth. We really enjoyed the day out.

We have attached some pictures. Hope everyone enjoys them!!

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Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

DSCN4379By: Hugh C. Talley

We were ask to write a reWe port on living in Cara Sucia and El Salvador in general for another blog site, so we wanted to share this with our followers and readers.

Cost of living in and around Cara Sucia, El Salvador

My name is Hugh Talley, my wife Elizabeth and I retired here in 2011. Elizabeth is from  El Salvador but spent many years in the United States. We started visiting El Salvador in 2004, Elizabeth and I would come for 2-3 week visits a couple of times a year. We decided this is where we wanted to retire, I like the warm weather and the beach, Elizabeth’s family is here so it works for us. I spent 14 years in the U.S. Army and traveled the world, when I got out of the Army; I still managed to travel to many countries. I love to travel so it was very easy for me to relocate to El Salvador even though I still have problems with speaking Spanish, but Elizabeth and many friends help get me through that.

I stay busy with writing, I have two blog sites, our home site that I started in 2012 (, which we use to tell about our life, travels and adventures around El Salvador and our travel site that we just launched in January ( that we set up to help people that are interested in visiting or relocating to El Salvador.

The procedures for a U.S. citizen to move here is not very hard if they are married to a Salvadoran but it is more complicated if they are not, like I said Elizabeth is Salvadoran, so it was not to difficult for me, I received my temporary resident card in about 4 months and I was approved and received my permanent resident card in 2012, which is good for 5 years, at that time I can renew it or apply for citizenship here. I did use a lawyer and I paid about $1200.00 for the service.

Elizabeth and I decided to live in Cara Sucia because this is where her family live. Cara Sucia is close to the beach and the mountains, it is about 2 hours from San Salvador, so it works for us. Cara Sucia is much cheaper then San Salvador to rent or build a home, you can find places to rent for $80.00 – up depending on what you want, you can build a nice American style home, appx. 3000 sq.ft. for under $80,000.00, this is all concrete and brick, no sheet rock; cost in the states would be about $600,000+. This is not counting the cost of the land. Where we live we have our own well so there is no water cost. Electric is about 0.21 KWh. If you have a large home with air condition and live American style, you will pay $150.00 to $225.00 per month. Gas for cooking is about $10.00 per tank. Gas for your car is $2.57 per gallon right now but as you know this goes with the world market and it usually cost a little more here than in the States.

The cost of food here averages out close to the cost in the states, your fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper here if you buy them at the open market. American food products cost about the same as in the states and you have to go to stores like Super Selectos, Wal-Mart or PriceSmart (a store like Sam’s Club) to get them. We usually go to San Salvador to Wal-Mart and PriceSmart once a month and buy the rest local, our food bill usually is around $400.00 a month.

Eating out here is about the same as in the U.S., fast food places like Wendy’s,  Burger king and Pizza Hut is just about the same menu and price as the states, if you go to a really nice restaurant for a steak dinner it will cost you about $50.00 – $60.00 for two people. You can go to the local beach and have a nice fish dinner for about $8.00. There are a lot of nice eating places here from the local foods up to the fine dining.

There are many things to do and see here in El Salvador, we have some of the best beaches in the world, there is swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing to name a few.  If you like history, there are museums, pyramids and many ruins to see. There is the Route of the Flowers which take you up into the mountains from Sonsonate, through villages specializing in arts and crafts. There are so many things to do and see in El Salvador that it is hard to name them all.

We love El Salvador and plan on staying here indefinitely, I miss some of our family that is in the U.S. but I do not miss the states that much.

We hope this helps people to understand El Salvador and we hope they will come for a visit and see this beautiful country and what it has to offer.

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InterNations El Salvador

DSCN4253 By Hugh C. Talley

We posted this on our travel blog, Paradise Travel ( last week but we wanted to reach all of our followers so we are posting it on our home site.

InterNations is an online community for people who live and work abroad, they are in more than 300 countries around the world. InterNations members are able to meet and interact with other expats living abroad with comparable interests and needs. In El Salvador they usually meet once a month in or around San Salvador for dinner and a sort of meet and greet opportunity. I think this is a very good organization and a great resource for anyone thinking about visiting, working, or living abroad, basic membership is free so it is really worthwhile to join.  I am a member of the group in San Salvador; I joined about three years ago.

My friend Adonay and I attended the first get-together for this year on Wednesday night,  it was held at BacaDel Obo Restaurant in San Salvador, it was a great turn out and we met a lot of nice people from El Salvador and from around the world. The food was very good, Adonay had the fish and shrimp platter and I had the calamari and a salad.

I again would like to highly recommend to anyone interested in visiting or living abroad to join InterNations, it is a great group and the basic membership is free.

We have attached some pictures from our get-together, please leave comments and or questions, Elizabeth and I always enjoy hearing from you.

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Tropical Fruits of El Salvador

Hugh & Elizabeth By Hugh C. Talley

Our bananas and papayas are getting ripe and the mangoes are not far behind. I enjoyed bananas from our trees on my cereal this morning and we enjoy eating them with a glass of cold milk. The fruits are so much better when you get them fresh off of the tree. Elizabeth is making banana nut bread and a banana cream pie which I know that we will enjoy.
Elizabeth loves the papayas, she cuts them up and puts them in the refrigerator to get cold, then she snacks off of them all day. The mangoes are starting to come on the trees, Elizabeth likes to take the small green ones and cut them up with salt, I prefer them ripe and I like to make juice with them. This year we are going to have an abundance of them, we have more mango trees then you can count on our property.
We also have a lot of Nancy trees, they are blooming now and we will have the fruit very soon. The Nancy is a type of plum and is very sweet when ripe, but is very bitter when it is not ripe. We usually eat them right off of the trees. It is a favorite here in El Salvador.
We have added some pictures from our property with the fruits. We enjoy hearing from you so please leave comments.
I would like to add that our sister site is up, please check it out and sign up for the site with your email and if you know anyone thinking about visiting El Salvador show them the site. Elizabeth and I thank you so much for your help and support.

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