Tazumal Salvadorian Mayan World
The tazumal ruins is the most important arqueoloqy site in El Salvador, while there are many dramatic ruins throughout Mexico and Central America, the archaeological sites in El Salvador offer an important glimpse into what daily life was like for the Mayan society way of living.
Visiting the ruins is an easy drive from the capital. you can make a mayan route visiting the different sites including San Andres and Joya de Ceren are located within a short distance of each other. San Andres has a pyramid monument and residential areas. Aerial photos show signs of approximately 1200 homes.
Joya de Ceren was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 this is a site very close from Tazumal but what its make it very special is that Joya de Ceren was buried under layers of ash from an eruption around 600 A.D. This event preserved the village revealing numerous artifacts that fleeing residents left behind. There are municipal structures, communal baths, furniture, utensils, food, textiles, and ceramics on display, showing us the way of living of the adverage mayan sociaty.
To visit Tazumal is much better with a guide with private transportation, this way you have the oportunity to visit areas like Coatepeque Lake and the Volcanoes national park of Cerro verde, at the site you will find a small museum, the entrace cost US$3 for internatinal visitors,
To know more about Tazumal we add some notes of wikipedia bellow:
Tazumal includes a series of Maya ruins, including ceremonial architecture, that date to about AD 100-1200. The site includes an intricate water drainage system, a few tombs, adjacent minor pyramids, palaces and excavated ritual objects. Tazumal had a long and uninterrupted occupational history, from AD 100 until AD 1200, although its greatest development corresponds to the Classic period (AD 250–900). Around AD 900, the Toltec style pyramid in evidence today was constructed; a large ballcourt was also built at this time. The site was abandoned around AD 1200.
The ruins of Tazumal are considered the most important and best preserved in El Salvador. The artifacts found at Tazumal provide evidence of ancient and active trade between Tazumal and places as far away as Panama and Mexico. The excavated ruins are part of an area covering 10 km² (4 sq mi), much of it buried under the surrounding town. Archaeologists estimate that the first settlements in the area of Chalchuapa date to around 1200 BC."