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“Up-and-coming; needs some work but worth the trip”
Review of Tazumal

Tazumal
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Shore Excursion from Acajutla: Tazumal Ruins, Casablanca and Santa Ana
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Mayan Route Tour from San Salvador
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Joya de Cerén, San Andrés and Tazumal Pyramid Archaelogical Tour from San...
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Arlington, VA, USA
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“Up-and-coming; needs some work but worth the trip”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Stopped for about an hour earlier this week. The Department of Culture has done a nice job getting this place started; it still has a bit of work before it's ready for prime time, but it is certainly worth the quick trip if you're in San Salvador (25 min drive). Salvadorans and other citizens of other Central American countries get in for $1 each while everyone else pays $3. The little museum has some interesting artifacts in it. The ruins themselves have not been restored to the extent of other popular Central and South American ruins, but they are hard at work. Across the street there are a handful of stores where you can buy reasonably-keepsakes.

Visited February 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Worth a stop if you are near.”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

My husband loves ruins so of course we went from Santa Ana, El Salvador. We took the 218 bus and it dropped us at the end of the street. There was a big sign so we knew where to get off. The walk was just a few blocks and the street dead ended into the ruins. It was $3 a person to get in. Cheaper for non-tourists. Don't expect the grandness of other ruins in Central America but it is worth a trip if you are passing by. The main ruin is really good and it is a nice walk around. We actually saw a quetzal bird which I hear are very rare. There is a shaded walk for smaller excavations and a nice museum in Spanish. The pictures of the excavations were nice and there are some things that they found on display as well. Nice bathrooms. Outside there are a few vendors selling merchandise. There is also a cemetery next door that is worth a peek.

Visited January 2013
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Florida
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“Ancient site of the Mayans and Olmecs”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

You have to visit this site to understand the context of the younger and larger pyramids in nearby countries.

Don't expect an enormous restoration like the famous sites in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras or Mexico. The building materials were softer and the designs older so you won't see the high peaks. But you will see a large and spread out complex of buildings.

The small museum here has some very worthwhile artifacts. More importantly it has maps and photos that give you the perspective of the enormity of this site which runs maybe 20 miles. They've only excavated small parts of this.

The guide at the museum is awesome.

There's also an Olmec stone with relief carvings on it (it's not the large heads like in Tabasco).

If you go, try to go in the late afternoon (I think they close at 4pm though). That way the sunlight will be on the front of the pyramid.

Visited December 2012
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Bradenton, Florida
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“Very interesting glimpse into the past”
Reviewed 26 November 2012

My wife and I loved visiting some of the archeological sites in El Salvador, especially Tazumal. It's the largest of the Maya pyramids in El Salvador, although one of the smallest in comparison to other Maya sites across Central America. Breathtaking site, nonetheless. I recommend visiting the site with a tour guide as we did. We choose Salvadorean Tours which provided very knowledgeable English-speaking guides to help paint a picture of how people loved 1500 years ago. The site wasn't jam packed with tourists, it was protected with armed guards and the cost was $3 to visit. Highly recommended if you are visiting El Salvador!

Visited November 2012
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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“Worth a stop if you are in the area”
Reviewed 26 November 2012

Cost was low ($3.00 foreigners, $1.00 Central Americans). Wasn't a lot to see though the front of the pyramid was nice. Well tended area made it a nice to place to want to have a picnic at.

Visited November 2012
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