Mayan archaeological sites while waiting for your flight
Joya de Cerén, the UNESCO-listed “Pompeii of the Americas”
Discovery of culturally rich San Andrés archaeological site
Fast customs clearance at the airport to earn you more time
Insightful commentary provided by a knowledgeable guide
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Group tour- full guided tour of Joya de Cerén and San Andrés
Fast customs clearance and exemption from US 37 airport re-entry fee
Admission fees to archaeological sites
Roundtrip transport to and from the International Airport of El Salvador (SAL)
Live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish, French, or Italian
Meals and drinks not listed as Inclusions
What you can expect
Make the most of your layover in El Salvador by travelling to the UNESCO-listed Joya de Cerén and the San Andrés archaeological site, both important ruins of Mayan civilisation. Learn more about the ancient civilisation from your expert guide as you witness these incredible sights.
Get picked up from El Salvador's international airport at gate 6, and enjoy accelerated customs service. Meet with your guide and head for Joya de Cerén, the UNESCO-listed ruins of a Mayan farming village. Because it was preserved by the eruption of the Ilopango volcano in 200 AD, the site is sometimes described as the “Pompeii of the Americas.” Learn about the immense contribution the site made to modern understands of the Mayan civilisation.
Next, travel to the San Andrés archaeological site, another agricultural town which was buried by the same volcanic eruption. Explore the excavated political and religious centre, gaining a greater understanding of Mayan traditions and lifestyles while getting a sense of what life was like over 1,000 years before European contact. At the end of the tour, return to the airport with plenty of time to make your flight.