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“Eerie ghost town, a window to everyday mesoamerican culture”

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
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Day Trip to Santa Ana and Visit to Archaeological Sites
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San Salvador Combo Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén
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Joya de Ceren and El Boqueron National Park Tour From San Salvador
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Owner description: Excavation at "Jewel of the Ceren", a pre-Columbian Mayan farming village, that was buried under a volcanic eruption around 600 A.D.
Miami
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“Eerie ghost town, a window to everyday mesoamerican culture”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Covered by the ash of a nearby volcano, the Joya de Cerén site lets you see what normal life must have been like for pre columbine cultures in Central America. No big pyramids in this site (but they are half an hour drive away in another site), and amenities are scarce. But worth seing. Inform yourself in advance of open days, and get there early, to avoid darkness in the secondary access road.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
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“disappointed in what was visible.”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Interesting history but very little of the site was opened - only a small percentage of the area has been made visible.

Visited December 2012
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Incredible piece of history”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

I haven´t imagine a place like that still "alive". There´s a lot of history and really nice museum to understand what really happened.

Visited November 2012
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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57 reviews
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“Small but interesting”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Only a little has been excavated as the university that runs the project only comes for two months each year. However, it was very interesting and the price was right. You can get a free tour guide just by asking (tips are welcome.). I usually don't get guides as I like to enjoy the feel of a place, but the guide did help us to understand a lot better what we were seeing.

Visited November 2012
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Pittsburgh
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“Pompeii of America”
Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

I'm a huge history nut so I loved it. There are two metal pavilions with several small buildings remnants. There were not many other people there when I was there. I went through the one room museum and looked at the twenty or so exhibits. Mostly pottery under glass. And a few teeth. Grabbed a coke at the tiny cafeteria and bought some souvenirs then headed out.

Having been to Pompeii in Italy it was neat to go. If you're in El Salvador you should go!

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