Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, San Salvador

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Learn about the daily life of the pre-Columbian Mayan culture at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site displaying a well-preserved farming village. The 590 CE eruption of a nearby volcano covered the village in 14 layers of ash. While experts believe all the villagers had time to flee, they left behind many of their belongings, including utensils, furniture, and even half-eaten food. The ash kept artifacts and architecture remarkably intact, earning the site the nickname "Pompeii of the Americas." Put Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park into our San Salvador vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Salvador.
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  • Really the ruins are worth visiting: same period than Copan, but here you see how simple people from the maya countryside were living...very interesting. Visit in one hour.  more »
  • A place to make a short visit. Its importance lies in that has the form how they lived common people, not temples and pyramids.
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  • Different than all the other Maya ruins Joya shows how a common village lived daily life prior to being expelled by ash from an erupting volcano. You see where the Shaman lived and ran the village, yo...  more »