San Andrés arkeologiska park (Parque Arqueológico San Andrés)
San Andrés arkeologiska park (Parque Arqueológico San Andrés)

San Andrés arkeologiska park (Parque Arqueológico San Andrés)

Tisdag till söndag 09.00 till 16.00

The basics

San Andres Archaeological Park is one of the largest archaeological sites in El Salvador. Historians believe the same people controlling this area may have also controlled the ancient settlements in San Salvador. Even though it’s large by domestic standards, many visitors spend between 30 minutes and two hours exploring the site and the accompanying indoor museum. A guided tour isn’t necessary, but those who take it may provide more context of the nearly 500-acre (202-hectare) site.

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Things to know before you go

  • Visitors who are pressed for time should forgo a guide and walk the park in as little as 30 minutes.

  • There are restrooms, food, and souvenir vendors in the park.

  • Both Spanish and English descriptions label museum exhibits.

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How to get there

In San Salvador and some other popular tourist cities, you can book a guided tour of the San Andres Archaeological Park. If you want to rely on public transportation from San Salvador, hop on the Santa Ana 201 bus from Terminal de Occidente, then get off at the sign marked for the ruins. The site is a short walk from the highway.

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When to get there

Avoid the weekend if possible: there will likely be fewer visitors—both international tourists and Salvadorans—during the week. Depending on the season, you’ll want to plan your trip around the rain forecast, as there is limited shelter in these open-air ruins besides the museum. Allow for at least two hours of exploration, and if you’re traveling by bus, try to leave before nightfall so you can safely walk to the highway.

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Pair it with a Joya de Ceren visit

Although it’s an easy day trip from San Salvador, Sitio del Nino is the closest town to the San Andres ruins. If you base yourself in this town for the day, you can easily access both San Andres Archaeological Park and the Joya de Ceren archeological site, a former Mayan farming village destroyed by a volcano eruption.

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