Joya de Cerén is a snapshot of the daily life of a Mayan farmers community buried in volcanic ash during an eruption around the year 590 A.D.
When a quiet village was surprised by an eruption from the nearby Laguna Caldera volcano the villagers escaped leaving behind almost everything while more than 20 feet of volcanic ash entombed the region. Unique in Mayan World and one of the most important archeological sites in El Salvador, Joya de Cerén (a.k.a. the Pompeii of the Americas) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This two Archaeological Parks located in the city of Chalchuapa were important regional trade and ceremonial centers. Tazumal has the biggest pyramid ever found in El Salvador.
The importance of Tazumal is the archeological site with evidence of one of the longest occupancy in Mesoamerica. It was inhabited by different tribes and cultures before, during and after the Maya, including migrations from distant places as far as Central Mexico.
Casa Blanca is a site still under excavation and investigation. Here you’ll visit the Site’s museum with ancient pieces and detailed explanation of the civilizations that built this pyramids, temples and structures and made vitrified pottery since the Early Post Classic Period (900 – 1200 BC).