USA Today carried a story this week about efforts in El Salvador, mostly by former FMLN guerrillas, to attract tourists to sites from the civil war:
For a fee, former guerrillas will take visitors on tours of former battlefields or mountain hideouts, while museums display war memorabilia. The government has applauded the effort as a way to draw more tourists to El Salvador.
The former Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, which led the guerrilla uprising, has teamed up with local business leaders to create the so-called "peace route."
The mountain town of Perquin, 175 miles east of San Salvador, was considered the "guerrilla capital" during the fighting, and it served as the FMLN's headquarters. Today, it is home to the "Museum of the Revolution," and features cannons, uniforms, pieces of Soviet weaponry and other weapons of war once used by the FMLN.
Perquin has its own English-language website atwww.perquin.org which provides information to persons seeking to visit the town and surrounding area, including the site of the infamous El Mozote massacre.