La Unión is a department (governmental division or province) in El Salvador. The capital and largest city is Santa Rosa de Lima, which serves as a departure point for bus travel to northeastern El Salvador and crossing into neighboring Honduras.
As in much of El Salvador, the cities boast many pupusería stands, selling the pupusa — a popular fried corn cake stuffed with meat, cheese, squash flower (loroco) or a combination of these fillings. The seafood also is recommended by many.
The northeastern region is an especially rural part of a developing country. It's hopeless to expect recognition of the same world-famous travelers' checks that are a recommended part of travel in even the most remote parts of, say, Mexico. Cashing traveler's checks in most parts of the Americas normally requires only showing a valid passport and countersignature; in December, 2004, an attempt to cash these same checks in northeastern El Salvador met with the following obstacles:
They also initially insisted on seeing the traveler's check purchase receipts, and were skeptical of the explanation that the issuing company clearly instructs checkholders not to carry the receipts along on the trip.