Alegría


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Two buses regularly pass through Alegría. One is heading towards Santiago de Maria and the other to Berlín. They both leave about every half hour, both cost about $0.35, and both pass by the parque central. It’s so lovely and quiet here that chances are you will hear the bus coming before you even see it!

 

Alegría to Usulután

Two buses per day leave Alegria and pass through Santiago de Maria but continue on all the way to Usulután: 6:30am and 8:30am. If you miss one of these,  grab the bus to Santiago de Maria and stay on until the last stop. The bus will arrive at the the edge of town and both regular buses and microbuses will be waiting to take you to Usulután. The location is indicated on the map below.

Santiago de Maria bus stop to Usulutan

You will need microbus #349

Santiago de Maria microbus to Usulutan

Alegría to San Miguel or La Union

Grab the bus out of town heading to Santiago de Maria. Be sure to let the driver know you want to be let off where you can grab the microbus to El Triunfo. Get on the microbus to El Triunfo and get off at the last stop, which is right at a highway junction and overpass walkway. Get off the bus, walk around the corner and stand on the highway and wait for the bus you want to pass. For San Miguel you are watching for the 320 and for La Unión you are watching for the 304. Each should pass about every half hour.

 

Alegría to San Salvador

Grab the bus out of town heading to Santiago de Maria.Be sure to let the driver know you want to be let off where you can grab the microbus to El Triunfo. Get on the microbus to El Triunfo and get off at the last stop, which is right at a highway junction and overpass walkway. Get off the bus, cross the highway and wait for the 324 bus from San Miguel to San Salvador. There should be one passing every half hour.

 

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I was told that ‘if you don’t see La Laguna de Alegriá when in Alegría, then you haven’t seen Alegría’. I will agree! The Laguna is only about a 2.5km walk from town and the views along the way are stunning. If you are a single female traveller and you don’t love the idea of walking there alone, or if you just want someone who knows the area to come with you,  then you can hire a ‘guide’ for $6 to walk with you. Head to the Tourism office across from the church and inquire. Also be sure to check out one of the three amazing view points (miradors).

 

Good Coffee!!

I think I may have had my best sleep in Alegría. The rooms at Entre Piedras are big and very comfortable and the temperature was just right. If you don’t stay here then make sure you at least stop for a proper coffee (or a really delicious breakfast muffin). The owner Roberto is really knowledgable about the area, and he is a coffee lover, so he makes a good cup!

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FINE PRINT

In general the majority of buses operate between just before sunrise until sunset. Times are listed when we have them, but remember, you are in El Salvador and even the locals say the schedules are 'loco' sometimes. Always plan enough time in your day for travel and plan to be at your destination before the sun sets. Avoid arriving when it's getting dark. Short distance buses will cost between $0.25 and $1.50 and longer distance buses $1.50-$3.00. Some routes offer more than one class of travel: regular class and especial which often has a/c and makes fewer stops but cost a little more. Also, know that you and only you are responsible for your own health and safety in your travels and the choices you make. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!

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Bus to Santiago de Maria (Usulután) passing by the Parque Central right beside the Cafe y Hostel Entre Piedras
Photo: March 2017

Parque Central
Photo: March 2017

Photo: March 2017

Photo: March 2017

Huge high five to Alegría. It's a bit hard to see in this photo (bad lighting) but they have Plastic/Organic/Waste bins at the miradors which are collected by the town and dealt with properly.
Photo: March 2017

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2 travel tips for Alegría - share your tips below!

  1. James

    Travelled from El Tunco to Alegria today and it only took 3 buses.
    There is a direct bus from San Salvador to Santiago de Maria every day at 11am. It left from the Terminal Orriente, the bus was a nice coach with A/C and a TV playing Breaking Bad (en Espanol) and it cost $3.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, James!

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