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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  • Junita Guide explained to us very clearly all over the complete archaeological. I recommend a guide I explain. They are ruins of a village farmer who had to go and leave it all before the ashes from the volcano boilers arrived. And everything was covered with ash and why it has been so well. You should go visit him so that it can last for centuries more.
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  • Very interesting. It is a recent discovery of Mayan ruins that were buried by volcanic ash
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  • The visit, first of all, worth without a doubt. A few kilometres from Santa Ana, this site presents the remains of what were some of the domestic units of the popular classes of maya antiquity, buried by ash and volcanic stone after an eruption. The traveller (and even those interested in the Mayan world) generally visit and let yourself be dazzled by the big archaeological sites belonging to the ruling elite. Joya de Cerén allows us to know a part of the daily life of farmers.
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