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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  • We stopped here before driving to the Copan Ruinas in Honduras. It was a worthwhile introduction to village life in pre-Colombian times. The ruins are well excavated and our guide spoke English so we ...  more »
  • This was our first archaeological site on a small-group tour along the Ruta de las Mayas. The ruins were interesting, particularly because they were the first we saw, the ruins are of a farming commun...  more »
  • This is a wonderful archeological site. It's very well preserved and very tediously excavated. It's amazing the stories this site could tell. Very much worth a visit. We did this site as part of a ful...  more »