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Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén

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San Salvador, El Salvador
Maya Route Tour | El Salvador Mayan Sites including Joya de Cerén
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Relive the glory of the mighty Mayan empire with this half- or full-day tour of the most notable Mayan ruins in El Salvador. Explore the fascinating pre-Columbian villages of San Andrés and UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén. After a typical Salvadoran lunch (own expense), admire the colonial landmarks of Santa Ana and stand in awe before El Salvador’s largest pyramid at the Tazumal archeological site in Chalchuapa.
  • Visit Joya de Cerén, the ‘Pompeii of the Americas,’ buried in the 7th century
  • Observe a preserved indigo processing plant at San Andrés archaeological site
  • Tour notable landmarks in Santa Ana, El Salvador’s second largest city (if full-day option selected)
  • Learn about pre-Columbian Maya civilizations at Tazumal and Casa Blanca (if full-day option selected)
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Choose between half- or full-day options for your tour; either option includes hotel pickup in San Salvador.

Meet your guide and set off in a comfortable p vehicle. This archaeological tour includes the undivided attention of your archaeologist guide.

Please see the Itinerary section for full details of both the half- and full-day tour options.
Stop At:  
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Human Heritage World since 1993
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tazumal situated near from Chalchuapa City, is an pre-Columbian Mayan architectural complex with the largest pyramid in El Salvador, the city was a sophisticated and important settlement where have been founded inclusive sculptures and metal artefacts.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Salvadorean Tours
Stop At:  
Santa Ana Cathedral
Neogothic Style
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Teatro Nacional de Santa Ana
Eclectic Style
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
San Andres
Important ceremonial center
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Salvadorean Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Maya Route Tour
, Nov 2021
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!
Fantastic journey
, Jul 2021
Magical day of exploration, history, beautiful sights and a sprinkle of local experiences. Tour guide Franklin is a fantastic gentleman with a deep knowledge on all topics for the intellectually curious. Learnt a lot on this tour while also having a fun time (things really took off once we started playing 80s hits in the car between stops). Joya de Ceren was closed but Franklin suggested numerous other points of interest and was extremely attentive to what my interests were resulting in a very tailored experience.
, Mar 2020
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.
I had a great vacation in El Salvador...
, Jan 2018
I had a great vacation in El Salvador. Thanks to my guide--Eduardo. He was punctual, professional, and very knowledgeable. He could make me feel better and much safer after I had been mugged in Guatemala.
I had a full packed tour with the...
, Jan 2017
I had a full packed tour with the excellent guide Eduardo who proved a very knowledgeable companion. We saw the Mayan sites of Joya de Ceren, San Andres and Tazumal, the pre Mayan site of Casa Blanca and the colonial town of Santa Ana. While they are not on the same scale and most are only partially excavated Joya de Ceren is the only example I know of ordinary people's houses from the Mayan era, rather than religious buildings. We were also very lucky to witness a couple of celebrations of the Winter solstice by the indigenous community. I was also delighted to see the national bird of El Salvador, the Torogoz, perched on a tree! Casa Blanca was interesting, although there remains a lot to excavate. Santa Ana was a good contrast to the other sights, being a colonial town, although it being a few days before Christmas meant that there was a lot of traffic near the center.
Senor Cesar was outstanding. He took...
, Mar 2015
Senor Cesar was outstanding. He took very good care of all of us. He was very patient and knowledgeable and took great care to answer all in details. Thanks a lot for showing your beautiful country to us.

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