53km (33 miles) N of San Miguel

Perquín is a rugged town with a rugged history. Tucked high in El Salvador's northeast Morazán region, where wooded mountains run to the Guatemalan border, this claustrophobic little town was the headquarters for the FMLN. It thus suffered its fair share of war and suffering. Such pride and resistance can be seen at the fascinating Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña, which displays artifacts and tells the story of the revolutionary guerrilla movement's efforts during the war. In addition to this must-see museum, Perquín has a tourist-friendly square, a couple of small artisans' shops, and is the gateway to a little explored corner of the country that offers such natural wonders as dense mountain forests and hidden waterfalls.