The route of the peace is located in the Department of Morazán, which includes the towns that suffered the greatest activity during the 12 years of civil war in the decade of the 1980s. You will find a large number of hotels and restaurants to visit with your friends.  
   
 
 

Corinto is located at 52 kilometers northeast from the city of San Francisco Gotera and 1,300 meters above sea level. Your access is by a totally paved street and is located between the mountains of Cacahuatique "“ Corobán and hides a priceless treasure, one of aour National Monuments; since it possesses the main sample of rock art in the country, called "La Gruta del Espíritu Santo" (The Holy Spirit Grotto) with about 10 thousand years of history. The organized indigenous towns recognize "La Cueva del Espíritu Santo" as an important holy site and even today come to celebrate their rites.

Before being known as a municipality in the late 19 th century, Corinto was part of Cacaopera. Currently account with 5.639 inhabitants in the urban area, its celebrations are January 6th to honor the Magi; and June 29th in honour of San Pablo Apostle.

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In Lenca language "Guatajiagua" means "Valley with tobacco crops". This town formerly inhabited by indigenous Lencas or Potones; is famous for the production of black pottery. Walking on the streets of the city, is common to see, women developing comales, pans, pots and jars that receive a beautiful black finish from a natural nacascolo tint. This work of pottery is done with very ancient techniques inherited from their Lencas ancestors.

There's an Artisanal Development Centre that exhibits samples of the pottery production. There's also an indigenous association of Lencas who keep alive the traditional dance of "Los Negritos" and "La YegĂĽita", memento of the indigenous battles against the Spaniards during the colony. Currently Guatajiagua have 8.000 inhabitants in the town.

Guatajiagua's Patron Saint Day is on January 20th honoring San Sebastián.

This interesting town is located 16 Km east from San Francisco Gotera and is 240 meters above sea level.

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Being a former canton of Osicala, was transformed into municipality by Legislative Decree of March 22nd 1897 along with other cantons of Osicala, Cacaopera and Yoloaiquín jurisdictions.

Near of Delicias de Concepción there is a height called "El Volcán" (The Volcano), which is cited by historians as the site where the vestiges of the population of primitive Cacaopera can be seen. It's main artisanal heritage is the manufacture of rig, being their woven hammocks in thread of silk or cotton, very appreciated by international tourists.

On the road, you can find various handicraft workshops. These days their cemetery has taken interest by the curiosity of the graves, which are sculpted in talpetate rock, because the hills surrounding this population are mostly made of this material.

The town have around 1.706 inhabitants and celebrates its Patron Saint Day honoring "La Virgen de Concepción" from December 4th to December 8th. From August 4th to August 6th they celebrate the "Divino Salvador del Mundo".

Delicias de Concepción is located 11 kms. northwest from San Francisco Gotera, at 585 meters above sea level. To visit this place, take the CA-7N highway, 183 km.

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Meanguera is also a precolumbian town. In 1550 is reported as a town with approximately 500 inhabitants. Its name is a Potón word interpreted as "City of jade artisans". According to some chroniclers of the colonial era, Meanguera played a very important role to maintain controlled and enabled the passage of Torola River, to undertake trade between what are today Honduras and El Salvador.

The main attraction is "El Mozote", with a memorial dedicated to recall the history of residents who were massacred during the civil war; its path is by Arambala town. Another attractive place is the Torola River.

Meanguera is located at 21 Km. north from San Francisco Gotera, at 200 meter above sea level. Just take the CA-7N highway.

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Precolumbian town with Lenca origins, in Potón language means "Hill of the Five Fires "; other interpretation is "Hill in the Fire Town"; it is one of the towns mentioned by the chroniclers of the colony. Jocoatique earned its title of Village in 1896 and the title of City in 1955. It is the header of the northern zone of Morazán. In the town is of 436 inhabitants, highlights the architecture of this town by its central park surrounded of traditional style houses and their colonial style church.

Many of Jocoatique streets are cobbled giving a romantic air from ancient people that is reaffirmed by its atmosphere of great tranquillity.

In its jurisdiction arises the Araute River, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, where you can observe a wide variety of butterflies and birds and swim in the pools.

Other tourist sites are: "La Poza de La Huilisca", located on the shores of La Joya River and the "Salto de Amayah" cascade located very near of the town.

Jocoatique is located at 28.3 Km. northwest from San Francisco Goteraon the CA-7N highway.

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El Rosario is located at 39 km northwest of San Francisco Gotera and 465 meters above sea level; its access is by CA-7N highway.

The origins of El Rosario dating back to a village called "Araute", which during the year 1807 had 194 inhabitants. In Potón language means "Valley of the four houses" and its location was in the north side of the river Araute.

El Rosario is a typical town in the east zone of El Salvador, stands out for the traditional style of its houses of broad external corridors and clean streets, as well as its beautiful church of colonial style that dominates its wide central plaza.

The Patron Saint Day is held the first Sunday of October in honour of "La Virgen del Rosario". Its main attraction is its river Araute located 20 minutes from the town, with its impressive cascade of 30 meters, Enjoy its thermal water in natural state!

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