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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

kilometer 35 along the road to San Juan Opico in La Libertad Department, San Salvador, El Salvador
+503 2270 9228
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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
+503 2270 9228
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

This site is billed as the Pompei of San Salvador, evidently by someone who has never been to Pompei. The site does offer an opportunity to view some remains of ancient Mayan mud huts buried in volcanic ash many eons ago. While these would surely...More

Thank Michelelabelle
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Really the ruins are worth visiting: same period than Copan, but here you see how simple people from the maya countryside were living...very interesting. Visit in one hour.

1  Thank plebailly
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Different than all the other Maya ruins Joya shows how a common village lived daily life prior to being expelled by ash from an erupting volcano. You see where the Shaman lived and ran the village, you can see the rows of corn they planted,...More

Thank TCCquest
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I really enjoyed my visit to Joya de Ceren. The site is small, but it is highly interesting. It is impossible to find a place anywhere in North or Central America where you can see how working-class Mayans lived in the past. Please allow two...More

Thank rbravo
Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you are interested and have little background information this place is an excellent choice. I highly recommend an expert guide. Otherwise you are not likely to have a good understanding of the experience. We hired Mac Bernal, owner of Maya Triangle Tours. He provided...More

Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is an excellent example of Mayan civilisation. Our only problem was that part of the site was closed due to on going work. Our guide had not been informed of this. We did see enough to get an overall picture of the site

Thank joni101
Reviewed 6 March 2017

El Salvador is not known for its Mayan or Aztec pyramids, but it does have this location, which is unique. The only archeological site that shows where and how the normal Mayan people lived, not the priests or the higher class. Extremely interesting and well...More

Thank EgyptTripper
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This is the smallest of the 3 excavated Mayan Ruins in El Salvador. Don't let that deter you from visiting, the best way to plan is to visit all 3 sites in the same day. They are not as large as the ones in Mexico...More

Thank Audio V
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

If you are traveling by El Salvador and want to discover something very interesting go to this place. You will be able to imagine how people lived many years ago. It's a fantastic place to visit. I will comeback. Enjoy!

Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Not the best place to know about mayan ruins, but one of the best in El Salvador. Bring moskitto repellent!!!

Thank Douglas E
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Susan M
18 July 2017|
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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.
Mary B
20 February 2016|
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Response from Quasimama | Reviewed this property |
Tues thru Sun, 9-4. "Foreigners" cost $3.