Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
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Excavation at "Jewel of the Ceren", a pre-Columbian Mayan farming village, that was buried under a volcanic eruption around 600 A.D.
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  • Face_The_Elements
    Edmonton, Canada289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History buffs will enjoy!
    The archeological park wasn’t hard to get to but our GPS took us off roading just prior to arrival. So be careful! We arrived as soon as it opened and there wasn’t anyone there. They didn’t have any English speaking tour guides so we went without. The museum has many interesting artifacts and stories about the locals in the area. There were some well preserved pieces to see and when you continue to the ruins, you can see the dig site and how it’s also still intact. Very interesting place to visit, especially if you like history.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • pshurd
    906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to learn some of the Mayan history in a beautiful environment.
    This important UNESCO Archaeological Park is well maintained & very interesting. The relics are preserved & presented under roofed open air buidings with beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding them. It is a great spot for birding. There was even a Turquoise Browed Motmot (the National Bird!!) that joined us for almost the entire tour! The separate museum is well designed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 27, 2024
  • john o
    Huntsville, Alabama9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    if you want to learn about ancient civilization in this area visit here
    very unique archaeological site. One of the curators at the museum was very kind and gave me walk around the site and told me all about it. This is the only village of this size that can be seen today and was discovered by accident in the 1980s I believe, definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written February 15, 2024
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john o
Huntsville, AL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
very unique archaeological site. One of the curators at the museum was very kind and gave me walk around the site and told me all about it. This is the only village of this size that can be seen today and was discovered by accident in the 1980s I believe, definitely worth a visit.
Written February 15, 2024
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pshurd
Everywhere USA906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This important UNESCO Archaeological Park is well maintained & very interesting. The relics are preserved & presented under roofed open air buidings with beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding them. It is a great spot for birding. There was even a Turquoise Browed Motmot (the National Bird!!) that joined us for almost the entire tour! The separate museum is well designed.
Written January 27, 2024
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Face_The_Elements
Edmonton, Canada289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The archeological park wasn’t hard to get to but our GPS took us off roading just prior to arrival. So be careful! We arrived as soon as it opened and there wasn’t anyone there. They didn’t have any English speaking tour guides so we went without. The museum has many interesting artifacts and stories about the locals in the area. There were some well preserved pieces to see and when you continue to the ruins, you can see the dig site and how it’s also still intact. Very interesting place to visit, especially if you like history.
Written April 29, 2023
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Nanci P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were very disappointed. First of all, it was expensive for what you get. The exhibits lack enough descriptive information and the museum is very small and limited. Would not recommend.
Written March 10, 2023
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rtln
California143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This site lacks the drama of the grand pyramid sites of Mesoamerica, but it illustrates the life in smaller villages and farms of the Mayan and post-Mayan civilizations. The pyramids in El Salvador are mostly buried. I found particularly interesting the layers and layers of ash that delineate the eruptions which continually interrupted the development of the towns in this area. Joya de Cerén is different from Pompeii, in that the people all fled before the volcano erupted. The only skeleton that was found was that of a duck.
Written February 26, 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We saw a lot of Mayan ruins on this trip but this one was different as it showed how Mayans lived over 1500 years ago. We toured with a guide which I recommend as you’ll learn a lot more.
Written January 25, 2023
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Inspired2
Guildford, UK430 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Nice museum with English, French and Spanish Translations. Great how they have preserved the buildings which were covered by ash. Makes me wonder what other sites are yet to be found!
Written January 14, 2023
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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Buried around 600AD. Rediscovered in recent times. Plenty of unearthed buildings. The layering of ash shows the site was hit many times volcanic eruptions over the next 1300 years
Written December 3, 2022
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DesertRose
248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
While this isn't as imposing as many other ruins it is impressive in it's own right for giving a different perspective on Myan culture and certainly is worth a stop.
Written June 25, 2022
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packedandready2go
California958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
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 ruins.
Written May 3, 2022
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