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49km (30 miles) W of San Miguel

Arguably the flower capital of El Salvador, Alegría is a lush garden hilltop town surrounded by misty countryside views only 36km (22 miles) from the capital. Located 1,200m (3,937 ft.) above sea level, high up in coffee country, it offers some of the best views in the nation, as well as great hiking trails and a friendly, vibrant community. Late into the evening, the town's small, recently renovated square teems with multi-generational families chatting with neighbors, kids playing, and teenagers hanging with friends -- it's no coincidence that alegría means happiness. Situated conveniently between Perquín and San Salvador, Alegría is an easy stop off the main tourist trail.