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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park: Tours & Tickets

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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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Km 32, Carr San Juan Opico - Agua Escondida, San Salvador, El Salvador
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most impressive part of this park is the small on-site museum. That has a lot of good information about the ancient communities that lived here, and how that came to an abrupt end with the volcano's eruption. A few good artefacts too. The site...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank thechronictraveller
Reviewed 29 July 2019

You can walk through and see everything in 5 or 10 min...takes an hour with guided tour but guide spent most of time talking about corn...not too exciting

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank B W
Reviewed 25 May 2019

This was probably my favorite stop on our mayan route tour. Quite amamzing to discover this settlement and its only been found less than 45 years ago! Amazing how everything was built. I know some might find it just ok but I'm telling if you...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 April 2019

If you're looking for huge pyramids, you'll be disappointed. But if you understand what this site is about, you'll be genuinely intrigued. This is one of the only sites of it's kind in the world. See how ordinary people lived.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 29 April 2019

I feel like half the park was closed off with yellow tape. Was difficult to get around. The museum only had replicas of artifacts and did not have any original pieces. The parts that were open to see were interesting and it was neat to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Daryl F
Reviewed 26 April 2019

we saw this with an English speaking guide (Roberto of El Salvador Custom Tours) who brought it alive. This site is awesome, from its serendipitous discovery to the archeological findings..and the national bird is ubiquitous here!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank tjknight61
Reviewed 23 April 2019 via mobile

We did a tour of this site with Eduardo from Salvadorean Tours and he and the location were amazing. With Eduardo’s local knowledge the site came to life. Well worth a stop

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank tiagodcr
Reviewed 18 April 2019

This site differs from other well known places like Tikal, Copán or Caracól, in that it does not have impressive tempels or palaces, but instead it offers a very good idea of how the common Maya people used to live 1500 years ago.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Ivan199
Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

The tour I went on included this site and the Tazumal pyramid site - which I thought was more interesting. I think I would have been disappointed if I only went to Joya de Ceren. But seeing both was awesome!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank YetiStuff
Reviewed 26 March 2019 via mobile

This Mayan village has been tastefully excavated and preserved and demonstrates how the Mayans lived. The excavation is ongoing and one expects this site to get better and better. The site is and deserves to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Date of experience: March 2019
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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.