Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, San Salvador

#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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  • Cant really review but FYI, as of May 12/2021, this site was still temporary closed for repairs. The banner on the locked gates states planned closure from November 2019 to May 2020, but the pandemic....  more »
  • Called couple of times and no one answered, but decided to drive about an hour from San Salvador to Joya de Ceren to find out it was close. The sign outside the park hasn’t been updated.  more »

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