El Salvador Mayan Ruins

El Salvador Mayan Sites

El Salvador was one of the most populated areas  of the prehispanic Central America. Two main indigenous cultures migrated to this territory, the Olmecs and Mayans to create diferent sites at the entire country.

The major archaeological sites in El Salvador are Cihuatan, Tazumal, Casa Blanca, San Andres and Joya de Ceren, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in El Salvador. we focus the tour in the west side area we can see four of the five site of the country.

San Andres

Is a relatively big Mayan ceremonial site. Its made up of more than 5 pyramids, 2 main plazas, one for the royalty and one for the normal people. The place itself is nicely maintained and the museum is very informative.

Tazumal 

The highest pyramid of the archaeological Mayan site in el salvador is Tazumal located in Chalchuapa. There is a nice museum inside the site and on the outside you can buy souvenirs or try the local food “yuca con chicharron” which means yuca (a local root that tastes like a fibery potato and pork rinds.

Joya de Ceren

The Pompeii of America is a unique place in the world because it shows in a 3 dimensional way the normal life of people in the Mayan World. This small site is composed of 10 structures, which are part of a residential-domestic complex. The residencies were abandoned due to the eruption of a nearby volcano, so people fled and left everything behind.  The highlights are the Sauna Room and the female Shaman’s house.

Casa Blanca

It is a small archaeoligical site located in Chalchuapa as well, this site has a nice little museum, a indigo dye shop and also a small site composed of around 4 unrestored structures called “monticulos”. The attractiveness of this site is the natural environment and the unrestored monticulos.

Suggested Itinerary

Our Mayan tour covers only the 4 major Mayan sites Tazumal, Casa Blanca, San Andres and Joya de Ceren.

early in the mornig we leave towards Chalchuapa and visit  Tazumal is the highest pyramid in the west area, open at 9;00 am, we visit the museum and then we visit the site. after this we move to Casa Blanca it is composed of around 4 unrestored structures called “monticulos” and two big piramyd. The attractiveness of this site is the natural environment and the unrestored monticulos. Other atraction is the indigo workshop and one burial they find at the site, hands and feet are tied and the head is cut off.

12pm- At lunchtime we stop at Lake Coatepeque or Santa Ana City, both places offer good options to eat.

2pm- We visit San Andres is a relatively big Mayan ceremonial site. Its made up of more than 5 pyramids, 2 main plazas, one for the royalty and one for the normal people. The place itself is nicely maintained and the museum is very informative.

3pm- We visit Joya de Ceren is a unique place in the world because it shows in a 3 dimensional way the normal life of people in the Mayan World. This small site is composed of 10 structures, which are part of a residential-domestic complex.

Important

*Mayan Site are close Monday and open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

*This route is thinking on the way we start and return to San Salvador or the beach area. but if you will stay in the west area we can start in Joya de Ceren and finish in Tazumal.

Bring hiking shoes with good traction. Entrances to the parks are included in our rate. Bring insect repellent and sun block.
No food or drinks provided by us, we start at either 7:00,am. to 8:30 am

**Extra person is $40 extra**

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