North Central El Salvador is dominated by Lago de Suchitlán, a serene valley dam that is now the home of more than 200 species of migrating birds. It is overlooked by the pretty village of Suchitoto, undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of El Salvador's many attractions. A short ride from San Salvador, this former rebel town turned arts center is now the preferred base for visitors who wish to explore the surrounding hills and volcanoes, and learn more about the country's wartime history and rich artistic heritage. From the lake, the hills rise dramatically towards the Honduran border and pinnacle at the country's highest peak, Cerro El Pital. Nestled in those hills are laidback villages and handicraft centers such as Concepción de Quezaltepeque and La Palma. Forests, waterfalls, and former rebel camps are just a few of the many attractions that are explored by many as they make their way north to the Honduran border at the laidback frontier towns of Citala and El Poy.
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