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.
El Salvador is one of the countries in the world with more volcanoes per square kilometer. There’s around 26 volcanoes in the country.
San Salvador Volcano is the Westernmost limit of the city. Its crater, El Boquerón, raises 1,800 meters above sea level with depth of more than 400 meters. At the bottom of the crater is a small (45 meters high) cone of debris formed during the last eruption in 1917.
The trail we walk is mostly flat with few tricky sections where you must grab from rocks, roots or branches. Most of the time you’ll see the bottom of the crater and the steep drop, sometimes on a short distance. A really impressive view.