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.
You will need microbus #349
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.
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).
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!