Here are his digs, a humble house of corrugated metal. He sells firewood for a living, a scarce commodity in this area. But don’t feel sorry for him – he doesn’t want your sympathy. He’s happy have his good health to collect firewood, and he is OLD! (Seventy-something. A lot of very old people are seen working throughout El Salvador, but the good news is they’re in much better health than Westerners their age).
Most afternoons you’ll see Sabas stroll down main street with a caretilla (cart) filled with the day’s wood findings, while gleeful upper-class Salvadoran tourists skip along the other side, deciding which bar to thrown down a couple of beers at and enjoy the view on the “Mirador” side of the mountain*.
Does it get any better than this? A Torogoz, the national bird of El Salvador, hangs out in his backyard every day.
* El Mirador is one of two major tourist stops in Los Planes de Renderos (San Salvador), El Salvador. This viewpoint is GORGEOUS both day and night.
The other hot spot is the Puerta del Diablo (Devil’s Gate) on the other side of the mountaintop, also with fantastic views. The area is popular with young couples for ‘romantic jaunts’ but also with families on weekends, who like to enjoy the cooler climate, drink Atol de Elote (sweet corn drink), and eat Riguas and Tortas (pancake-like treats made out of cornmeal).