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Mayan Exploration Joya de Ceren, San Andres and Coatepeque Lake

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Joya de Ceren

Archaeological Site Joya de Cerén is the first of all points to visit. Joya de Ceren is completely the oposite of any Mayan templeWorld heritage site by UNESCO since 1993. Here we will have contact with the remains of a Mayan agricultural village of 1400 years ago. This village was covered by 14 layers of ash as a result of the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano in the year 635 AD. This ash allowed that Joya de Cerén could remain intact in time.

Known as the “Pompeii of America” Joya de Cerén is the only place within the Mayan domain where we can know the way of life of an agricultural community. Food, how they slept, their daily activities, their architecture, how they cultivated and also their true day to day. All this stopped in time because of a nearby volcanic explosion that preserved it until it was discovered by mistake. It is a destination that you can not miss during your visit to El Salvador.

San Andres

After our tour in Joya de Cerén, we will continue with the visit to the San Andrés Archaeological Site. This place was an important political – religious center that had its apogee during the years 600 to 900 AD. We will have access to a group of four pyramids placed in an exclusive acropolis for the Mayan elite. It is also known that in this important place strong commercial ties were made with Copan, southern Mexico, Belize and Peten. All this for the different artifacts found in the place.

This tour is a special experience to see the two Mayan social strata. The way of life of the elite and specially relevant, the common people.

Finally after visiting these two archaeological sites, we will discover in our tour an impressive place in El Salvador. 

Coatepeque lake.

This lake, which is a volcanic caldera, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Changing every year without warning, from a deep blue color to an incredible emerald color. This is as a result of its contact with the volcanoes that surround it. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal while you have a spectacular view of the lake.
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Departure Point
From your hotel or lodging place in the metropolitan area of San Salvador
Departure Time
8:30 am, 9:00 am, 10.00 am. 11.00 am, 12.00 md.  Tuesday to Sunday
Duration
6h
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup in San Salvador Metropolitan Area
  • Hotel drop-off in San Salvador Metropolitan Area
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Insect repellent is recommended
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 11 March 2019

I am in town for a conference and was eager to some of the country. But I was unsure how to navigate sight seeing since I am am a single women and speak only a little Spanish. Rafael was my answer. He used to work...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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