I was born and raised in El Salvador and have been back and forth several times. I recently went on a trip back home and brought my girlfriend and some of her friends with me. We visited San Andres ruins on 1/21/2010. Upon entering you pass by a armed guard at the front gate and then a 2nd upon passing a well secured, or what seemed like a well secured area with a booth. Unsuspectingly we parked our van and went into the park. There is a small museum with some artifacts and then a larger area with ruins. We were in the park a total of possibly 45 minutes. When we returned back to our car we noticed the lock had been tampered with and several of our backpacks had been taken.
When we told the guards, they got on their cellphones and supposedly called the police. They were never apologetic and seemed extremely suspicious. They said that police had set up roadblocks and that another SUV had pulled up next to our van, we were parked in a very empty parking lot with no cars around, and left not too long after we got back to our car. The armed guard claimed that the parking lot was a high risk break in area and that they have had several other similar crimes in the past. Extremely surprising seeing as how they have armed guards patrolling and protecting the area. After waiting for a very long time, we decided to leave as it was getting dark and we felt almost threatened by the guards and those at the gate. We were told that the police would call us if anything turned up.
On our way home we never saw any roadblocks and are almost certain there was no call ever placed to them. Avoid this place at all costs, the ruins are hardly worth the risk of being robbed here. The armed guards leave you with a false sense of security, and they are more than likely the ones robbing people.
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