Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, was buried under a ... More
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site
Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, was buried under a volcanic eruption c. A.D. 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.
Easy shaded parking, on a Monday. Good little refreshment stand with some good softdrinks and frozen fruit selections. Air conditioned museum, guided tour, staff willing to answer questions. All in a beautiful landscaped park that features some exotic tropical plants that themselves can justify another guided tour. Great little gift shop with lots of treasures to take home. Staff was great. Good, green,educational experience. Have fun ......H.
i like it because i leave around 15 minutes away ffrom the place. there are lots of things to see as well as good food. every one is supper friedly i love it!!!
i ahave not been back for about 5 years but when i was a kid my parents will take me there.
now that i have my own kids i still like it.
I was there a few years ago. I didn't really know where I was going...but once there...I realized the country has a lot of history that many of us who don't currently live there don't ever even think about.
It's a great place to just spend some time and explore. You are bound to see some amazing things.
For someone whos family is from El Salvador, visiting the Joya de Ceren site was unbelievable. It is amazing to see how the people of that beutiful country once lived. I highly encourage everyone to visit El Salvador and it's beautiful places.
What struck me the most was the quality of the buildings. You can tell that some of the walls were made in the same fashion as the adobe houses of some peasants of today in El Salvador; but the quality is much greater, and the lay out of the houses reflect a much higher standard of living for a peasant community than what we find today.
The ingenuity in the building of structures to take into consideration what happens when it rains, the spacious rooms, the platforms where they slept...it's all a big surprise.
It also shows a commmunal living --a real community unified either by religion or crops --or both!
The small adjacent museum has grown and it is of very good quality.
The only complaint is that one can only see the buildings from above, and not get close to the structures.
I hope that one day ramps will be constructed that will take the visitor up close, without the chance of the visitor touching or disturbing the structures.
Its value is not only archeological, but also social, as it reveal how the quality of village life has decreased for the average peasant of today, compared to the peasants of the Mayan past of El Salvador.
This site has a nice modern museum/visitor center, there is a fee to enter, nice artifacts and pictures inside with placards in English and Spanish. They give guided tours along the exterior of the site which is protected by fencing and covered (in Spanish). You should tip the speaker. This site was found when a farmer was putting in a silo. There are ongoing digs being done. We were able to take some great pictures. Some Archaeological College Students had a table selling local Archaeological books and t-shirts, they were very interesting. I would definitely go again and I strongly recommend this site and it close to other sites.
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