This past May-June I traveled to Guatemala with a student organization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a medical service outreach program. We decided that since we had been working hard in the clinics, we deserved a little fun. We chose Guinness' weekend trip to El Salvador to learn how to surf, and we could not contain our excitement! None of us had surfed before (you can't really surf in Lake Mendota or Lake Michigan) nor had any of us been to El Salvador. After a 4 hour van ride-which was pretty entertaining thanks to Carlos letting us play all of our iPods on the radio-we finally made it to the hostel (La Escencia Nativa?). The hostel where we stayed was one of the most welcoming, beautiful, and authentic hotel's I've ever been to (and I've been to a lot of places). Everything was outside, and there were surf boards everywhere-it was almost too good to be true, it felt like a dream! Our surfing instructors were professional, experienced, personable, and fun! They helped every person get up on their boards, and we were riding the waves for hours like pros. Every time I think about this trip it brings a smile to my face-it was one of the coolest things I've ever done, and I had an amazing time with all of my friends, the instructors, and Carlos. In fact, all of us had so much fun on the trip that we're planning another visit next summer for the full week of 'Surf Camp'! What's awesome about Guinness Travel is that they personalize all of their excursions to your personal needs. Carlos is a fantastic trip leader and business man, and I definitely recommend Guinness for anyone who is traveling in the Antigua area.
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