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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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kilometer 35 along the road to San Juan Opico in La Libertad Department, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very interesting UNESCO Heritage Site as most of the WHS in Latin America are related to Aztec, Mayan, Inca or Spaniards glory history, and Joya de Ceren is more to the daily life of the Pre-Columbian Mayan 1400 years ago. The ashes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Seahorse_Rider
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to several Mayan sites with temples, and it was interesting to see this smaller site with typical dwellings. We usually don't opt for tours but we stopped here on the way from the airport to Juayúa with our driver/guide and it was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennie383
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is certainly a great ancient attaction where Mayans had their civilization. their homes where a pot of beans was found, a petrified dog, people seemed to be short due to the height of the doors. The ashes of the eruption of the volcanoe sepultated...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

Only several of the rooms are open now. Others for restoration. But it's a must visit. The Pompeii of the Americas.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Take the tour that they offer you because it is informative; it is free. You just need to tip them at the end. You can not get the grasp of it just by seeing it. It will only take 2 hours for the visit. I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Maria S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Amazing Maya site. The see the living quarters of Mayas frozen in time is a special treat. The site is very well kept and the staff is very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank boyercharles
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This ruins are quite small compared to others but that doesn't mean anything bad. This cities are so interesting to learn from, Im happy I visited them. really recommended!!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ljames334
Reviewed 29 May 2018

This place was not in my itinerary but was really nice at the end. The place is full of history, Mayan communities will impress you so much

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank richardjohnson43
Reviewed 15 April 2018

I hired an all day guide from Tours by Locals. His name was Roberto M. with fabulous English and sweet personality. We spent close to an hour here. The ruins are all adobe color, but quite interesting. Lovely flowers and trees, even dirt walkways and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank alicerabbit
Reviewed 9 April 2018

You would definitely want a guide to make this worthwhile. Archeology buffs will love this. Those of us who are not so inclined will find it interesting. You have to use you imagination as a lot of the structures are minimalized by time. The replica...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from Ruth G | Reviewed this property |
Yo pagué alrededor de $5, pero los extranjeros me parece que pagan más. Aunque no es mucho tampoco.
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20 November 2016|
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Response from c17360 | Reviewed this property |
Hello minimize9, according to their website, they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. There was no mentioning of hours of operation on holidays. They are definitely closed on Mondays. Good luck.
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20 February 2016|
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Response from Quasimama | Reviewed this property |
Tues thru Sun, 9-4. "Foreigners" cost $3.