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Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site
Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

Open every day except Mondays from 9am to 4pm
Carretera Panamericana (CA-1), San Salvador, El 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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Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
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Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
$99.00 per adult
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Eduardo was a great tour guide! Knowledgeable of every place we visited, great storyteller, mindful of time, and funny. Would not have been mad if he was actually on vacation with us, lol. My partner and I joined the tour along with another guy who was from the U.S. By the end of the day none of us felt like strangers and we all left learning a little more about the history of El Salvador and ourselves.
Shannon_F, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Salvador

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Another amazing experience
Kyle_W, Mar 2022
The Mayan One Day Tour : Joya de Ceren + Tazumal + Santa Ana + Lunch at Lake
I was lucky to get Josue as my guide once again. If you love Mayan history this is a must. There is so much to learn on this trip and they have you covered. Also Santa Ana and Lake Coatepeque are beautiful.
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Recommend
Alicia_L, Mar 2022
Maya Ruins in El Salvador : Joya de Ceren, San Andres, Tazumal, Chalchuapa, Lake
Our tour guide was professional and fun. Was able to help us get souvenirs in places and spoke very good English.
star-5
Great way to see it all
Anna_J, Mar 2022
Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén
our guide Benjamin was awesome! my mom is a bird watcher and he really catered our tour toward nature and birds which she absolutely loved! He was super nice and made the day unique to us, We saw all 3 archaeological sites and then some. Amazing busy day!!
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Maya Route Tour
Alex_A, Nov 2021
Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén
I had A very nice time on this tour. My guid Benjamin, was very kind and knowledgeable and shared so much history with me. The sites themselves were very interesting and it was a pleasure taking this tour!
star-5
Very fun
Robert_N, Jun 2021
The Mayan One Day Tour : Joya de Ceren + Tazumal + Santa Ana + Lunch at Lake
Francis was amazing; very friendly and knowledgeable guy. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting San Salvador.
star-5
Amazing
Sandra_K, Mar 2020
Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
We loved this. This was our first time to ES and we had Eduardo as our guide for our city tour from the day before and for this tour also. I think we saw and learned so much that I came back an expert to tell others about the country.
star-5
Amazing time!
Samantha_V, Mar 2020
Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
Our tour guide was amazing! So knowledgeable about the area. He went Above and beyond in so many ways. Making sure we were comfortable, giving us time to explore on our own, and even showed us some areas not on the tour! He was great at letting us know what the itinerary was and if we wanted to spend less/extra time on certain parks. I will absolutely use this tour service again! Would def recommend a personal tour guide to anyone visiting!
star-5
Wonderful!
Toni_M, Mar 2020
Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén
Totally worth the money for the full day tour! I got a lot of handmade items from the stands! Learned a lot about the pyramids, Mayan history, saw so many sacred things that blew my mind. My tour guide was very outgoing and personable.
star-5
Great Trip - I recommend.
Rhiannon_T, Mar 2020
Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
Great tour - We saw 2 Mayan sites, a large volcano overlooking a caldera and had a walk through the jungle. Amazing views and lunch was great (dishes like salmon, prawns, chicken with fresh coffee from the area).
star-5
Great tour to Tazumal & Coatepeque with an outstanding guide! Take this tour!
Steven_R, Dec 2020
The Mayan One Day Tour : Joya de Ceren + Tazumal + Santa Ana + Lunch at Lake
Our tour guide, Francis Espinosa was an incredible young man. He texted us ahead of time to coordinate our hotel pick up. He was incredibly knowledgable, very funny and polite. He was one of the best tour guides I have had in all my years of global touring. Has eagerly awaiting us for our pickup and the first stop at Tazumal was outstanding. We had plenty of time to walk around and see the site. It was not crowded and all COVID precautions were taken. We felt very safe. Our second stop was supposed to be Joya de Ceren, but Francis informed us when he picked us up that the museum was closed due to COVID. As it has been closed for several months, this stop should probably be removed from the tour advertisement, but it was not a concern for us. This stop was replaced by a visit to the archeological park at Casa Blanca. It was a lovely walk with lots of birds and beautiful plants and flowers and trees to see among the pyramids located there. Francis did a great job of explaining everything for us. Our next stop was lunch at an excellent lake-side restaurant at Coatepeque Lake. We stopped for a panoramic photo on the way in. Francis was happy to take photos of us anywhere we asked and we never felt rushed. He let us decide about what we would like to do and see. On the way back to San Salvador, we got a bonus stop in the town of Ataco for a lovely walk and a dessert and coffee. It was the perfect way to conclude our outstanding day of site seeing. Thank you Francis for an amazing day showing us your lovely country.
star-5
Great experience!
Russell_S, Jan 2020
Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
Great tour! Our guide, Benjamin, was very thorough and knowledgeable. I walked away with a PhD in Mayan history. The trip was smooth sailing. I will book again with this company on my next trip to El Salvador!
star-5
Such a great dag!!
mariaelviranordstrom, Dec 2019
Combo Tour: Volcanoes, Lake and Mayan Sites including Joya de Ceren
We had such a great day and are already longing for going back. Our guide Antonio picked out great places and made the tour a great time with lots of fun and good laughes. Go there!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site?
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What else should I know about attractions in San Salvador?
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As well as visiting the Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: