Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site
Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano c. AD 600. Because of the exceptional condition of the remains, they provide an insight into the daily lives of the Central American populations who worked the land at that time.
The circumstances of the volcanic event led to the remarkable preservation of architecture and the artefacts of ancient inhabitants in their original positions of storage and use, forming a time capsule of unprecedented scientific value that can be appreciated in present times.
Underneath the layers of volcanic ash, the best preserved example of a pre-hispanic village in Mesoamerica can be found, with architectural remains, grouped into compounds that include civic, religious and household buildings. To date, a total of 18 structures have been identified and 10 have been completely or partially excavated. All structures are made of earth and important features like thatch roofs and artefacts found in-situ have been recovered. The excavated structures include a large community (public) building on the side of a plaza, two houses of habitation that were part of domiciles, three storehouses (one was in the process of being remodeled), one kitchen, and a sweat bath. On the northeast side of the plaza there is a religious building devoted to communal festivities and one where a shaman practiced. Rammed earth construction was used for the public buildings and the sauna, and wattle and daub (which is highly earthquake resistant) for household structures.
Let's enjoy a half-day tour learning about the Mesoamerican Culture of El Salvador and the perfect view of San Salvador city from the San Salvador volcano with the biggest crater of the country.
We will start our journey driving to El Boquerón National Park, to enjoy a pleasant weather and amazing views of the crater and the city of San Salvador, then we will go to visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, Joya de Ceren, this is a World Heritage by UNESCO, a small village covered by 14 layers of volcanic ash, known as the Pompeii of America.
JOYA DE CEREN
SAN SALVADOR VOLCANO
Joya de Cerén is an archaeological site located at the Canton Joya de Cerén, in the Department of La Libertad in El Salvador. The property has an extension of 3,200 ha.
The archaeological site contains the remains of a pre-hispanic farming village that was covered by a volcanic eruption in the seventh century AD.
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8:30 AM & 1:30 PM
1 PAX $85
2 PAX $125
3 PAX $170
4 PAX $215
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