San Andrés Tours

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Between 600 and 900 AD, some 12,000 Mayans inhabited a city in the Valle de Zapotitán dominated by a step pyramid. The grass-covered ruins of the pyramid and a large courtyard were discovered in 1977, and excavation of the site continues to this day.

The archaeological evidence suggests that San Andrés was a trading city, as well as the provincial capital. Goods from as far as Honduras, Belize and Mexico passed through the settlement. Residents remained in San Andrés to as late as 1200, and in 1658, the abandoned city was covered in volcanic ash from El Playón, preserving many of the site’s original structures.

Today, the archeological park includes a museum showcasing artifacts from pre-Hispanic and Colonial eras.

Practical Info

San Andrés is located 20 miles (33 kilometers) west of San Salvador along CA-1. The sign-posted turn off is near the Km 33 marker.
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Address: El Salvador
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Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm
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Admission: $3.00
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Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan sites including Joya de Ceren

Discover the towering volcanoes, gorgeous lakes and ancient Mayan sites of El Salvador during this comprehensive 8-hour trip. During your excursion you’ll explore the country’s numerous volcanoes, including the Izalco, Santa Ana and Cerro Verde Volcanoes. Each of these sky-high peaks harbors a wealth of unique ecosystems and plant life to explore. Then check out beautiful Lake Coatepeque before exploring the Mayan-era ‘Joya de Ceren’ archaeological site and the Pre-Columbian city of San Andrés. This full-day El Salvador adventure covers site entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Archaeological Tour: El Salvador Mayan Ruins Including Joya de Cerén

Relive the glory of the mighty Mayan empire with this half- or full-day tour of the most notable Mayan ruins in El Salvador. Explore the fascinating pre-Columbian villages of San Andrés and UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén. After a typical Salvadoran lunch (own expense), admire the colonial landmarks of Santa Ana and stand in awe before El Salvador’s largest pyramid at the Tazumal archeological site in Chalchuapa.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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San Salvador Layover Tour: Mayan Route Including Joya de Cerén

Don’t waste time at the airport in between flights – make the most of your layover in San Salvador with this private 4- to 6-hour tour of El Salvador’s Mayan archaeological sites. Follow part of the famous Mayan Route to two equally fascinating sites, Joya de Cerén and San Andrés, and learn how the two settlements were preserved beneath layers of volcanic ash. Discover why UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén is nicknamed the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’ and use your imagination to bring the pre-Columbian farming village back to life. This tour includes pick-up and drop-off at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Joya de Cerén, San Andrés and Tazumal Pyramid Archaelogical Tour from San Salvador

Commune with the ancient Mayan civilization during this 8-hour visit to some of the culture’s top archaeological sites in El Salvador. Check out the impressive village of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was preserved many centuries ago by a volcanic eruption. Then wander among the pyramids at the Mayan ceremonial center of San Andrés and see the largest pyramid in the country at Tazumal. This Mayan-themed trip also includes a guide, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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 Joya de Ceren, an UNESCO heritage Mayan village where you will find the ruins of the ceremonial center of San Andres and its museum. You will also visit the Mayan pyramid of Tazumal and will end the tour with a visit to Santa Ana's city center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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