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The Pompey of the Mayas - Joya de Ceren

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Leaving San Salvador by the road towards Quezaltepeque, we can observe on both sides the lava of the last eruption of Volcán de San Salvador in 1917, until we reach the Archeological Site: Joya de Cerén, declared by UNESCO as Patrimony of Humanity. The site was discovered accidentally in 1975, during a construction project of the government. One of the most important archeological discoveries in Latin America in the recent years, this site, unique in the Mayan World, shows us a window to the past in regard to the life and agriculture of the indigenous people, which remained preserved by being literally buried by the volcanic ashes after three eruptions of the volcano Loma Caldera in the year 660 B.C., the reason for which it is known as The Pompey of America. The Mayan World contains many important findings of the religious life and the elites of the Mayan culture, but Joya de Cerén is the only one in the sense that it show how the regular indigenous man lived in his daily life. Afterwards, we will pay a visit to the pyramids in the Ceremonial Center of San Andrés, an Archeological Site that shows us the pre-colonial history.

We recommend:

  • camera
  • comfortable shoes
  • light clothes.


Available:  Everyday except monday.

Volcanic landscape of the eruption of the Quezaltepec Volcano –  Joya de Ceren Archaeological site


4 hours ( approx )