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Introducing Chalatenango

The first thing you notice upon arriving in 'Chalate' is the huge military garrison on the plaza. FMLN guerrillas controlled the regional capital during the early part of the war, and the government established a major military presence here to rein in revolutionary activity. The scars have faded - at least on the surface - and Chalatenango hums with activity. The only reason you'll find yourself here is if you're headed to the nearby villages; it makes a decent base to explore the area or to spend a night if the last bus leaves without you.