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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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Unique Archaelogical Site - Very Interesting

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... read more

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

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 hours to see the entire site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 a tremendous experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 or Guate, So combining them all will make it a more memorable event, the are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Impressive archeological site! Unique in the Mayan World. A professional tour guide makes the difference explaining the site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Discovered by a farmer in 1976 who was plowing his corn field! He stopped the plow, called the right people, and now El Salvador has an AMAZING archaeological site to visit. All the unearthed areas are covered by metal roofs. It is easy to see everything in a short amount of time. The museum is quite well done and full... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Awesome ruins, very well presented, Well worth the trip out to see. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. One of El Salvador's best sites.

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