Yes, the territory that now makes up El Salvador is part of the Mundo Maya, and no, it doesn’t have spectacular lures such as Guatemala’s Tikal or Copán in Honduras. Pyramid sites such as Tazumal, Quelepa, and San Andrés are modest at best. But the unique site to which I alluded above is the Pompeii of the Americas, Joya de Cerén, a village of commoners which was preserved by a volcanic eruption 1,800 year ago and offers insights into daily life that most of the better known sites throughout the region do not. Read more about this and other top draws of this country in my post Why Travel to El Salvador Is on the Upswing.


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