Etiqueta: Civil War

ECLECTIC AND VIBRANT, SAN SALVADOR CITY

Discover the secrets of this modern and contrasting city located in the heart of El Salvador. San Salvador is one of the fastest growing metropolis in Central America with a population of 1.9 million people. You’ll experience the vibrant and sometimes eclectic downtown area “El Centro”, with all it’s colorful street vendors marketing their wares. Also the Metropolitan Cathedral where the great leader of human rights Archbishop Oscar Romero rest. You’ll experience the bustling plazas of downtown with it’s historical buildings and monuments commemorating great influential and historical figures.

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SUCHITOTO, PLACE OF FLOWERS AND BIRDS

No, it’s not Japanese. The name Suchitoto actually comes from the native Nahuat language that means “Place of flowers and birds”. What was one of the most important indigo trade centers of the world, cultural capital of the country and later on a scene of some fierce fighting during the Civil War years, today, with it’s colonial style architecture, old houses with red roof tiles and cobblestone streets, Suchitoto has emerged as a center  for the arts hosting galleries, exhibits and world class music and arts festivals.
Located along the shores of Suchitlán lake, the only man-made lake in El Salvador with a stunning beauty.

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ARCHBISHOP ROMERO’S STEPS

Born in 1917, Monseñor Oscar Romero is perhaps the best known Salvadoran worldwide.
After being named San Salvador Archbishop in 1977 he spoke against human rights violations, state’s repression, injustice and poverty. He became the Voice of the voiceless and was assassinated during mass in 1980. Today his legacy is deep in Salvadoran society and well known around the world.
San Salvador is full with landmarks and sites related to Romero’s life and legacy such as the Divina Providencia hospital where he lived and was shot during service. Metropolitan Cathedral where he addressed many of his speeches and his remains lies.
We’ll visit also the touching Monumento a la Memoria y la Verdad Memorial that pays homage to the victims of human rights violations during El Salvador Civil War.
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HIKE GUAZAPA VOLCANO, GUERRILLA’S STRONGHOLD

Guazapa is en extinct volcano located North in San Salvador province, few kilometers West from Suchitoto.

It was during El Salvador Civil War when this place became a war zone. During the 80s this was the only guerrillas battlefront where the five branches of the Rebel Army fought together and was a common target for massive military operations from the National Army trying to siege this strategic stronghold.
Due the close distance from the Capital City, and because the rebel army held their positions during the whole war Guazapa was known as “a dart in the ribs of the enemy” by the rebels.
Some of those fighters and their families still live and work their lands on the skirts of the former battle field.

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MORAZÁN PROVINCE AND PERQUÍN, A GUERRILLA’S CAPITAL

“Where the wind whispers stories”.

The small mountain town of Perquín is home to the Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña. Here a former guerrilla fighter turned into Museum Guide will tell you the story from the perspective of the FMLN backed guerrilla army with exhibits of weapons, war trophies, important documents, photos and political propaganda posters used during the conflict. There is also a recreation of the clandestine Radio Venceremos transmission studio with some of the original equipment displayed.

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