The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

“We aren’t truths of the past, ruins in the jungle or even zoos. We are individuals and we wish to be honored, to not be victims of intolerance and racism.”

Joya de Cerén

— Rigoberta Menchú


The Ancient Civilization needs to be among the most interesting societies of Central America. They thrived for more than 3 millennia in 2000 B.C. before the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century. An advanced society with their abstract and mathematical techniques, they also had an established written language and traditions that are unique.

The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

San Andrés

In actuality there are Mayan ruins in El Salvador worth seeing, although Even the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and have been synonymous with Mayan ruins. But since El Salvador was not the heart of the Mayan Empire, the destroys it holds often get overlooked.

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The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

In February 2012 I took a trip through this unbelievable (yet miniature ) Central American nation, which once held the southernmost settlements of the Mayan world.  There are Mayan ruins several as big as those you would expect to find through Mexico and Guatemala, in El Salvador, except the spaces between these are brief and can easily be done in the time of a day. Three of those ruins I would like to visit are San Andres, Tazumal and Joya p Cerén.

The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

Joya de Cerén is a UNESCO World Heritage Website similar to Pompeii in Italy, hence sparking its nickname”the Pompeii of the Americas” has been born. It has an farming community that has been maintained for centuries.

Unlike in Pompeii, villagers had the time to flee their houses, double! Two volcanoes erupted, one in 200 AD and also another in 590 AD. Both explosions coated the village together with ash, but after the next catastrophe, which was due to the neighboring Loma Caldera volcano, the village was completely left (who can blame them?)

Traces of life were left behind and now contain an archaeological park worthy of a visit from any history buff. Matters left behind include 70 buildings (storage facilities, workshops houses and temples and a public bath complicated.) Yuca crops, fruit trees and plant gardens have also been uncovered. They had been frozen in time from the volcanic ash. The ruins at Joya de Cerén give insight into the everyday life of the Maya that is rural.

The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

Tazumal is an archaeological site located about 37 miles (60 km) west of the capital San Salvador. The complex consists of a string of buildings, that are thought of as the finest preserved Mayan ruins of El Salvador.

The Tazumal website spans an area of approximately 6 kilometers two  (10 kmtwo ) and includes structures such as pyramids, tombsand workshops plus a complex drainage system.The area was inhabited for over 1,000 years before now been left sometime around 1200 AD. Tazumal has been a substantial trading center between the Maya and other Mesoamerican societies in Mexico and Panama.

Close Tazumal Is Currently a settlement dating back to the periods of Their Maya, Casa Blanca.

The Greatest Mayan Ruins in El Salvador

It contains 6 constructions, with the tallest pyramid being about 50 ft (15 meters) high. It is a area with an museum featuring Mayan ceramics, ceramics as well as other artifacts. Casa Blanca is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 am — 4 pm (closed Mondays.) Entry is $3.00 for tourists.

San Andrés served at the Zapotitán Valley between the AD as the early, provincial funds within the smaller settlements. San Andrés has been a trading community evidence suggests that the Maya of the area were trading with individuals from Mexico Honduras and Belize.

In 1658, well after the Empire had been Split by the Spanish throughout Central America, ash following the eruption of El Playón consumed the Town of.

The layers of ash assisted to carry on the structures original.

Excavations have revealed a complicated believed to have been religious and governmental edifices of pyramids and palaces where local politicians worked, lived and worshipped. San Andrés comes with an onsite museum with 3 galleries showcasing Colonial-era exhibits as well as pre-Hispanic artifacts. San Andrés Archeological Park is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 am — 4 pm (closed Mondays.) Entry is $3.00 for tourists.

Tip: All 3 archeological parks have been open-air parks exposed to the components. Make sure you bring a bottle of water, to maximize your experience, apply sunblock and wear comfortable, closed shoes.

Have you ever seen any of these Mayan ruins in El Salvador? Leave us a comment below!

Special thanks to the El Salvador Tourism Board.