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From San Salvador: Mayan Heritage Archaeological Tour

1. From San Salvador: Mayan Heritage Archaeological Tour

Visit the most important Mayan sites in El Salvador on a full-day guided tour. Throughout the experience, your professional and local guide will explain to your small group all there is to know. Start with San Andrès, a large Mayan city that was preserved by layers of ash from a nearby volcano eruption. Get a glimpse into the life of the regular Mayan people and learn about the drink of the kings. Then continue to Tazumal, the largest pyramid in the country with a unique drainage system created by Mayans. Enjoy its museum and explore important historical artifacts. Learn how Mayans dyed fabrics using plants at Casa Blanca, a separate archeological park but once part of a single community which included Tazumal. In Chalchuapa, see some Spanish buildings left over by the conquistadores. End your day with a meal in a restaurant overlooking the Coatepeque lake.

From San Salvador: Archeological Route Full-Day Tour

2. From San Salvador: Archeological Route Full-Day Tour

Get to know the world of the Mayas who once lived in El Salvador on a full-day archeological tour from San Salvador. Visit the archaeological site of Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Pompeii of America. This site is unique in the world as it is the only archeological site where you can see the actual former dwelling places of the Mayas. Then visit the ruins of San Andrés, a political-ceremonial site where you can see the indigo pools in the area. This quick tour will take you back in time as you learn how the Mayas lived years ago. Later explore the city of Santa Ana with its Gothic cathedral, theater, and National Palace.  After Santa Ana see the ruins of Tazumal, a sophisticated Maya settlement. The ruins of Tazumal are considered the most important and best preserved in El Salvador. Virtually untouched since the year 1200 when it was abandoned, this archeological site provides an amazing look into the Maya ceremonial architecture.

From San Salvador: Pablo Tesak Museum Tour and Cihuatán

3. From San Salvador: Pablo Tesak Museum Tour and Cihuatán

Start the tour with a convenient pickup from your hotel in San Salvador and set off to Centro Cultural Pablo Tesak, the largest private museum in the country. Created for the education of young generations, it is home to an extensive private collection filled with beautiful and original pieces from all over El Salvador.   Next, continue to Cihuatán, a major pre-Columbian archaeological site that used to be home to a large city in the extreme south of the Mesoamerican cultural area. The town had a defense wall and, according to experts, it suffered a war in its final days.   Visit Cihuatán Archaeological Site, one of the most important archaeological treasures of El Salvador where recent excavations show the well-designed acropolis with a palace, pyramids, and a ball field. See the grounds and museum before returning to San Salvador.

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The Mayan Heritage tour is spectacular and I encourage everybody to experience the southern most Mayan civilization in El Salvador!