Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, San Salvador

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#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in El Salvador
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Though the site is small compared to some other world famous ruins, it is well laid out. The ruins are well preserved and well displayed. As a bonus we saw some exotic birds while visiting the... 
    Though the site is small compared to some other world famous ruins, it is well laid out. The ruins are well preserved and well displayed. As a bonus we saw some exotic birds while visiting the...  more »
  • Not worth it. We paid 21$ for 2 people and parking. Only allowed to stay 30 minutes including 5 minutes in the museum. This was on a Wednesday morning 11am and we were the only ones there. Terrible... 
    Not worth it. We paid 21$ for 2 people and parking. Only allowed to stay 30 minutes including 5 minutes in the museum. This was on a Wednesday morning 11am and we were the only ones there. Terrible...  more »

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