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." Before you head to San Salvador, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly San Salvador tour itinerary site , to make sure you see all that San Salvador has to offer, including Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.
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  • Amazing Maya site. The see the living quarters of Mayas frozen in time is a special treat. The site is very well kept and the staff is very knowledgeable.  more »
  • Swria nice if foase larger and had more attractions. However it is worth visiting and knowing that space.
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  • This ruins are quite small compared to others but that doesn't mean anything bad. This cities are so interesting to learn from, Im happy I visited them. really recommended!!  more »
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  • Joya de Ceren is a great window in time to ancient Mayan living. It is preserved well like Pompeii. I recommend adding this UNESCO site to any trip!
  • This place is amazing I would go back anytime. I love archeological museums. Everything is well explain, organized you get to go around the site is big and very well keep, they have an small cafeteria with fresh food. Also they have a souvenir shop. Is a bit far from San Salvador but is worthy to travel the almost 2 hr. A taxi charge us $60 for the day and we stop in 3 different touristic areas no rush just enjoying our day.
  • A little bit small site. But beautiful paths. Good gift shop and snacks
  • Loved this place. The museum was amazing. It provides you lots of good information. The archeological area is beautiful and well managed. You can spend a lot of time walking around learning a lot. They also a little market area right outside were can find a lot of nick nacks. Make sure to haggle the prices. Most of the times I was able to reduce the original price between 50 to 75%.
  • I read that this place was the Pompeii of the Americas, the place cannot be more far from that description. It is a small site with 3 areas of a Mayan little town covered in volcanic ashes. It is worth the trip. 3 USD for foreigners. There is tons of birds in this site.
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