We record a music video in this travel video from 2 Backpackers, Jason and Aracely Castellani, while visiting Alegría, El Salvador. In travel video episode #14, Victor Manuel Cruz Sosa and his son, José Heraldo Cruz play homage to their hometown of mountains, lakes, flowers and tourism. Enjoy the show!
Alegría is the most beautiful, small town that we visited in El Salvador. Immediately upon departing our cheerfully painted bus in the main plaza, we noticed its cleanliness and detail to landscaping. The red rose bushes were in bloom and the sun flowers seemed to stand tall in pride of their home.
Alegría, El Salvador
The plaza was bustling with souvenir and food vendors, young men and women flirting under the gazebo and most famously for the area, flowers wer being sold. We happily strolled the streets around the plaza in search of a cheap hostel.
During the evening we enjoyed drinks and food at El Portal where you can find pupusas, chicken and sausage. Musicians will mosey around tables serenading you for tips. One particular gentleman handed us his playlist book so Aracely could choose some of her favorite classics from Ecuador. Victor Manuel played several songs by request and also one of his favorites, a song about Alegría.
A Music Video from El Salvador
We got the idea that the song would be the perfect musical backdrop for a video of Alegría. We asked and Victor obliged. The next day, we met in the plaza to record the song. This was after we got lost during our hike into Laguna de Alegría, but we gathered ourselves and met our commitments. Victor brought along his son to play maracas and sing background vocals. The plaza was loud, with a lot of activity going on, but we requested a vendor turn down his music so we could get a good recording. The song was perfect, even better with the sounds of nature making their way onto the audio. We tipped Victor, purchased a CD he was selling and said thank you very much, “Muchas Gracias.”