The Mayan Ruins of El Salvador Will Take Your Breath Away

Los Planes de Renderos, San Salvador, El Salvador
Los Planes de Renderos, San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo by Oswaldo Martinez on Unsplash

Mayan archeological sites can be found in many Central American countries, including El Salvador. Despite its tiny size, this country will impress you with its rich historical heritage, especially if you make sure to visit these three Mayan sites during your visit.

Joya de Cerén

Joya de Cerén is located in El Salvador’s La Libertad department and its tragic backstory earned it the nickname “Pompeii of the Americas”. The Mayan farming village that was once located on its premises was destroyed in the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano, but the ruins still remain.

San Andrés

Historians believe that this historical site dates back to 900 BCE and that it once served as the Mayan capital in the valley of Zapotitán. A visit to this tourist attraction is a truly special experience because you can climb the pyramids, visit the museum, and enjoy the views of the indigo fields in the distance.


Tazumal is one of El Salvador’s most picturesque Pre-Columbian Mayan sites, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. The metal artifacts excavated here are believed to date back to the 8th century AD, which makes them the oldest metal artifacts found in Mesoamerica.