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  • Address: Carretera Panamericana (CA-1), San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Hours: Open every day except Mondays from 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: US$3 (adults)

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Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site Tours

A pre-Columbian Mayan farming village dating back to A.D. 600 and El Salvador’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the impressive ruins of Joya de Cerén were discovered in 1976 and have since become one of the country’s most visited archaeological sites.

Smothered by ash during an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano, the buried village was preserved in near-perfect condition, earning it the nickname of the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’ and offering a unique insight into the life and culture of the region’s ancient Mayan communities. Today, the remains of around 70 structures have been uncovered at the site, 10 of which have been excavated and are open to the public, including storehouses, kitchens, workshops, a worship area and a temezcal (ceremonial bath).

Practical Info

The Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site is located about 3 km north of San Salvador and can be reached by public transport. The site is open every day except Mondays from 9am to 4pm, and adult admission is US$3.

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Full Day Tour to The Izalco, The Santa Ana and Cerro Verde Volcano, Lake Coatepeque, Joya de Cerén ... 
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Full Day Tour to The Izalco, The Santa Ana and Cerro Verde Volcano, Lake Coatepeque, Joya de Cerén and San Andrés Ruins

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

During this El Salvador Combo Day Tour you will visit the main highlights of El Salvador including Cerro Verde National Park at the Lake and Volcano Complex, ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Archaeological Tour: El Salvador Mayan Ruins Including Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Full-day Tours
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Archaeological Tour: El Salvador Mayan Ruins Including Joya de Cerén

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Enjoy a  tour of El Salvador’s major Maya archaeological sites: volcano-buried civilizations, pre-Columbian pyramids and indigo-producing factories. Select a ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00
Mayan Route Tour from San Salvador, Santa Ana, Day Trips
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Mayan Route Tour from San Salvador

During this day trip from San Salvador you will be able to see where the Mayan route began. You will visit J oya de Ceren, an UNESCO heritage Mayan village ...  Read more

Location: Santa Ana, El Salvador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Day Trip to Santa Ana and Visit to Archaeological Sites, San Salvador, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Santa Ana and Visit to Archaeological Sites

Enjoy an unique opportunity to travel to the past and immerse yourself in Mayan culture.

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Day Trips
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San Salvador Combo Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

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Combine two popular  tours of San Salvador and Joya de Cerén with this 4-hour San Salvador Combo. Start with a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour of El ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.99
Joya de Ceren and El Boqueron National Park Tour From San Salvador, San Salvador, Half-day Tours
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Joya de Ceren and El Boqueron National Park Tour From San Salvador

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A volcano, ash-covered ruins, and tree-flanked trails await on this 4-hour San Salvador tour to El Boquerón National Park and the Joya de Cerén. ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.99
San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Day Trips
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San Salvador Layover Tour: City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén

Got a long layover at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport? Get out and explore San Salvador and nearby Joya de Cerén on this 4- ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.99
San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén, San Salvador, Layover Tours
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San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén

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Take advantage of your next layover in El Salvador and embark on this private tour of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and San Andrés. ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99
Mayan Ruins at Joya de Ceren and Cerro Verde National Park, San Salvador, Layover Tours
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Mayan Ruins at Joya de Ceren and Cerro Verde National Park

Between 3 active volcanoes is located Cerro verde national park, form there you will enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings and also of one of the most ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Joya de Cerén, San Andrés and Tazumal Pyramid Archaelogical Tour from San Salvador, San Salvador, ... 
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Joya de Cerén, San Andrés and Tazumal Pyramid Archaelogical Tour from San Salvador

The Ancient Maya Civilization has to be one of the most fascinating societies of Central America, El Salvador holds the southernmost settlements of the Mayan ...  Read more

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

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