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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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Best ruins in El Salvador

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.

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Suchitoto
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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, the agave garden. 3 different excavated areas with several homes, medicine consultation building, Maya visitor... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Atlanta, GA USA
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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 a tremendous experience.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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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

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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 worth visiting.

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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 or Guate, So combining them all will make it a more memorable event, the are... More 

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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!

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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!!!

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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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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