Discover the Mayan Ruins of El Salvador

Pretty much every Central American country is home to archeological sites of Mayan origin, and El Salvador is no exception. This country may be tiny, but its historical richness knows no bounds, and here are three sites where you can explore its ancient past.

Joya de Cerén

This archaeological site in La Libertad department is often referred to as the “Pompeii of the Americas” thanks to its incredible backstory. It features the ruins of a Mayan farming village that was buried in the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano.

San Andrés

A pre-Columbian site that dates back to 900 BCE, San Andrés is believed to have been the capital of a Maya polity in the valley of Zapotitán for several centuries. During your visit to this archeological site, you can climb the pyramids, see the indigo fields, and visit the site museum.


Tazumal is another Pre-Columbian Mayan city in El Salvador with a mysterious past. Metal artifacts found on its grounds date back all the way back to the 8th century AD, making them some of the earliest metal artifacts excavated in this part of the world.