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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I love to visit this once farmland turned into an archaeological site. I have been there a couple of times throughout the years. So peaceful - and a terrific story to the place. It makes you wonder how many other villages and historical treasures may be buried under the farmlands that surround San Salvador and it's volcanos. Though the indigenous... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The park should have more signage and people willing to give tours, and gift shops and a cafe to rest would be A+, but in general the place is well kept and very interesting. Different than visiting large pyramids, gives you a better look into the regular pre-columbian american life. If you have the time and have an interest for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

For archeology buffs interested in seeing an ancient site formerly buried in ash, this place is a must; for others, move on. The entrance price for foreigners (at 300% the local price) might seem a bit steep, so - again - be sure you're a fan of ruins before trotting over!

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