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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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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 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful archeological site. It's very well preserved and very tediously excavated. It's amazing the stories this site could tell. Very much worth a visit. We did this site as part of a full day Mayan tour and it really got us curious...More

Thank k10yoga
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this area there are several archaeological sites from the Mayan culture. Buried under ashes from volcanic activity, this was a farming community. It reminded me of the dig sites at Xian or Ephesus or even Pompeii on a smaller scale, but still incredibly amazing....More

Thank DERtravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here from Santa Tecla and were pleasantly surprised. It's a small site but what there is on offer is really interesting.

Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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
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is it open on december 31st?
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
Is Joya de Ceren open on Mondays?
20 February 2016|
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Response from Quasimama | Reviewed this property |
Tues thru Sun, 9-4. "Foreigners" cost $3.
Hi, can you let me know the opening hours of Joya de Cerén? We will arrive SAL international airport on Sat 1:30pm. How long will it take to get to the site? Thank you in advance.
19 November 2015|
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Response from Meredith S | Reviewed this property |
The international airport is about an hour and a half away from Joya de Ceren, about 80 kilometers. The local airport is closer. In my opinion you would not have time to get your bags, your taxi and get there before... More