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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

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Address: kilometer 35 along the road to San Juan Opico in La Libertad Department, San Salvador, El Salvador
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+503 2270 9228
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Excavation at "Jewel of the Ceren", a pre-Columbian Mayan farming...

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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Discovered by a farmer in 1976 who was plowing his corn field! He stopped the plow, called the right people, and now El Salvador has an AMAZING archaeological site to visit. All... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Discovered by a farmer in 1976 who was plowing his corn field! He stopped the plow, called the right people, and now El Salvador has an AMAZING archaeological site to visit. All the unearthed areas are covered by metal roofs. It is easy to see everything in a short amount of time. The museum is quite well done and full... More 

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

Awesome ruins, very well presented, Well worth the trip out to see. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. One of El Salvador's best sites.

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

I loved how perfectly preserved this site was. It reminded me of a Central American Pompeii! There is a good bit of walking involved, but mostly level and shaded.

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Joya de Ceren was a very interesting spot to visit. The adjacent museum provides a great overview of the dig. The excavations are fascinating and covered which makes it less hot to walk around. I'd recommend this to everyone, even if you don't have a huge interest in archeology.

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a small site, but offers a big view into the past. After just seeing "The Boqueron" volcano and how massive it was I could imagine what happened to those people. You could see the layers of earth and how they just covered everything. At a lot of places there are only tiny pieces of pottery or things and... More 

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

The place itself is great even though my wife and I were ripped off by the "tour guide" who brought us here. The guide who showed us around the site (different person) knew a lot and you can learn tons.

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

I have been fortunate to have seen and experienced some of the remarkable sites of the ancient Mayans. Joya de Ceren is but another. I was impressed by the remarkable condition of the so-called ruins. Ceren was buried in volcanic ash much like Pompeii in Italy which I had visited. The site is preserved by that cataclysmic event. And it... More 

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

This was an older Mayan site so we weren't looking for stone temples. In fact it looked as if the 'buildings' were carved from the surrounding soil. So not as impressive as the towers in the jungles, more subtle. The park was clean and well layed out with comfortable paths. This is not a large site, just off the Pan-American... More 

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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I go there often, walk around and enjoy the view. Take water and snacks. While youre there think about how indigenous people used to habitate that area. Its a safe place to go by the way!

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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Like Pompeii, a unique archaeological site that vividly shows how an ancient civilization organized itself. A fascinating visit.

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