El Salvador sheds violent past to emerge as tranquil beauty

02/4/2008 | Seattle Times, The

In the early 1980s, El Salvador's El Pital peak featured the sounds of mortar fire and military helicopters. Now, as one local describes it, the area's sounds are water, winds and birds. The Central American nation is rewarding adventurous visitors with its beauty, tranquility and rugged, relatively untouched terrain.

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