Joya de Cerén arkeologiska plats
Joya de Cerén arkeologiska plats

Joya de Cerén arkeologiska plats

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Carrera San Juan Opico Agua Escondida Km 32, San Salvador

The basics

At Joya de Cerén, you can see the remains of 70 structures, 10 of which have been excavated and are open to the public; highlights include storehouses, kitchens, workshops, a worship area, and a temazcal (ceremonial bath). Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site is a staple of tours that trace the Mayan history and natural highlights of El Salvador. Additional stops tend to include the Cerro Verde National Park and Lake Coatepeque, hemmed in by three volcanoes.

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Things to know before you go

  • There’s limited signage in English at the site, so exploring with a guide ensures that you receive important contextual information.
  • There’s a small admission charge to enter the site, which is usually included in the price of most tours.
  • If you haven’t visited the site as part of a tour, you can hire a guide at the entrance.
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How to get there

Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site is located around 22 miles (36 kilometers) from the capital of San Salvador. You can reach it by car via the CA-1 road or skip the hassle of navigation on a tour that includes round-trip transfers.

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When to get there

Joya de Cerén is open year-round from morning until night. Due to its relatively remote location, Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site is rarely crowded. A guided tour of the site generally takes around one hour.

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Discovering the Maya history of San Salvador

If Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site sparks interest in Maya civilization, you can continue tracing El Salvador’s ancient history at another archeological site. A short drive from Joya de Cerén, surrounded by farms and dense jungle, you’ll find San Andres, a former Maya city that once held 12,000 residents. In addition to seeing the ruins of several enigmatic structures, you can learn more about local history at the archeology museum there.

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