As Alegria is the town on the hill and is El Salvador's highest town at 1593m above sea level.Seeing the view from here is already very very enjoyable for me.There's "Mirador de las Cien Grados" the view point at the top of very steep stairway with many steps ..may be.. 100 ?.. I didn't count,if anybody know how many of steps ,please tell me : ) walking down these step in fun,but walking up..it's like a hiking!.. everybody need to rest along the way..I didn't see anyone walk straight through (including myself he..he.. :ol
You 'll find this view point easily ,it's only one block from Park central to the north.
We can see fantastic view far until Rio Lempa (about 15 km. away to north west)When I was there I went to see sun set everyday..it's so good you know ...sitting down on stairway ,enjoy chatting with local...so peaceful ...I was so happy... ummm...missing there....
Alegria is a lovely small town on top of hill,very easy to walk around.Here are some pictures of the town..
1.Gazebo at central park, one day before they put X-mas decoration.
2-4.Alegria is very clean town because local realise about benefit from torism.They make the town look pretty ,painting some public wall or some poles even on the rocks around the laguna (as shown in other tip).I like the paint on the pole so much,the one I show you are from park central area.
5. Along small road down the hill ,seeing local home area,even with cattles ..the area still be very clean..
My first impression to Alegria was the people.When I arrived central park ,I said hello to poliemen hanging around in front of police station which locate at one corner of the park.Not long after said hello to them ,one of them approached us and try to open the small museum that actually already closed that day because we arrived quite late .He even try to be the city guide for us ,telling little story about things in the museum,..how nice.. In the museum ,there are some old stuff like pottery,stone and other things that found in the area.I like one thing,the Alegria book ,the size of book is quite big (shown in the picture)The book contain some articles and old pictures about Alegria,very interesting.
The 4th pic is petrify wood.The petrifaction process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition.
This lagoon is one of the most beautiful places of the country.The color of water in the lake is turquoise green and a little milky,it's so beautiful.But it's quite chilly for swimming.I met 2 canadian guys prepare some towels plan to swim there but finally they didn't do it .It's not because of the local myth about a mermaid that lives in the lake will lure men who swim there to their deaths, but they said the water was too cold.
In the crater lake ,I saw an activity which is bubble coming up from the bottom.I can see it very close to a shoreline.The water was cold ,same as other area,so it should not be the steam .It might be only gases coming up through a small fissure.
I found this volcanic shape rock on ground during walking.It's on the west side of the lake ,same area that I found those sulfur mineral.It looked so interesting,so I took the picture.I guess it might be some kind of "basalt" may be "olivine basalt". Olivine is a yellowish green mineral composed of silica,iron and magnesium.I can see the yellow color and the porous(holes) in it.So I 'm pretty sure that it might be olivine basalt"
The name of this lagoon used to be "Tecapa" same name as the volcano.Laguna de Tecapa means lagoon of stone.But now the name has been changed to be Laguna de Alegria according to city name.The highest point of volcanic cone is 1603 meters and the lowest is at 1275meters.We can see some yellow crystalline sulfur mineral around the area,especially at the west side( walk about half way).Those sulfur is metemorphic minerals that form only at high temperature and pressure, and was deposited as the result of volcanic action.
At the time I arrived the lagoon,(november 2010)the water level was a bit higher than average.Some part of the path around the lake was flooded.It made some part of the loop inaccessible ,but if you don't worry about your shoes and can walk bare foot through water and mud,it can be fun though.Some kids did,and looked like they had fun.Otherwise you can do a little hike above it but it 's quite muddy in some part.
I like these rocks and threes ,it must have been looking eerie at night ,that's why some people may have some immagination seeing a woman with long hair and long arms sitting on the rocks at night !!!!! : )
The entrance fee for the lagoon is 0.25 $ per person.There was a staff standing around the gate waiting to collect the entrance fee,but if you find no body ,he might be in a small kiosk on your left hand side if facing the gate.At that kiosk ,they provide some seats for customer to sit ,they have some snacks and drinks.We can see some part of the lagoon from there ,it's beautiful.
This lagoon located about 2 km. south of Alegria.Time to get there by walking can be 30 to 60 minutes depend on how fast we walk.It's a pleasant uphill walking because the view along the way is so beautiful,passing through coffee plantation,and see Alegria from high level.The path along the way paved by big rocks,so it can be rocky for driving up there.There were some cars passing me by ,they are kind asking for a ride but we prefer to walk.Good for exercising ,take deep breath ,get clean air and seeing such a nice view.
Alegria central park is lovely.The town itself is small but it's central park is quite a good size.There is a small pavillion which that time they decorate in christmas theme.There is children playground in one corner.They provide many seats around the park,so people can sit back and relax.I found that there were always people hanging around in the park,unlike any other small town that I've been before ,probably because Alegria is not that hot ,so people can hang around any time of the day.
I really enjoyed the lagoon. Earlier posts had me weary of the sulphur smells. I was happy to discover that there was minimal smell. We purchased some meat and hot dogs in a small mercado in santa Maria for a cook out. It was a nice way to spend a hot afternoon in El Salvador. The water is VERY cold and we were warned to not go too far from shore. The water is said to be therapeutic. My pelon didn't burn so.....? There was a small charge to enter the lagoon area. The road leading to the lagoon from town was coffee tree filled and very rocky for driving and walking.
Si quieres caminar y disfrutar del autèntico pueblito pintoresco debes hacer un paseo por el parque de Alegrìa, disfrutar del clima agradable, conocer la casa del famoso escritor salvadoreño Alberto Masferrer, caminar hacia la antigua iglesia y pasar una tarde agradable y refrescante en el parque central, en su glorieta, en sus bancas, en contacto con las amigables personas del lugar.
Tambièn hay venta de artesanìas, para que te lleves un recuerdito de los artesanos .. o te deleitas con un cafè en las diferentes fondas de los alrededores del parque.
Si eres aventurero y quieres un lugar adonde dormir, limpio, barato, puedes buscar CASA ALEGRIA, un hostal muy lindo, adonde convives con artistas europeos, que llegan de turistas a convivir con los lugareños.
You´ll find a breeding ground and a restaurant in the same place. There is a lot to see inside the place and from the place (the landscape).
This one is a little church inside the house. It is a big old house, maybe someone (very wealthy) used to live there or had the place for resting.