Top Choice Ruins in Central El Salvador

Joya de Cerén

Known as the Pompeii of America, Unesco World Heritage Site Joya de Cerén was a small Maya settlement that was buried under volcanic ash when the Laguna Caldera Volcano erupted in AD 595. Residents fleeing the erupt…
Ruins in Central El Salvador

Parque Arqueológico Cihuatán

The modest ruins of Cihuatán were once an immense urban area alongside the Río Guazapa, possibly the largest pre-Columbian city between Guatemala and Peru. Today Cihuatán makes a convenient excursion for those stayi…
Park in El Boquerón

Parque El Boquerón

El Salvador's most accessible volcano is El Boquerón (the mouth), one of Volcán San Salvador's two peaks. An easy trail leads around the crater, offering views of San Salvador to one side and a smaller cone within t…
Ruins in Central El Salvador

Ruinas de San Andrés

In 1977 a step pyramid and a large courtyard with a subterranean section were unearthed at this site, inhabited by Maya between AD 600 and AD 900. Experts believe that up to 12,000 people lived here.These peaceful r…
National Park in La Libertad

Parque Nacional Walter T Deininger

About 4km north of La Libertad, along the Comalapa road, Parque Nacional Walter T Deininger is named for the German settler who donated the land. It includes two types of forest: caducifolio, which sheds its leaves …
Park in Los Planes de Renderos

Parque Balboa

The pupusas here are famous in San Salvador. Can you make it to double figures? If you're not hungry, it's still a pleasant place to hang out, with woodland trails and a maze, and is often filled with children.