SAN SALVADOR – Human remains have been discovered for the first time in El Salvador’s Joya de Ceren, a city buried by a volcanic eruption more than 1,400 years ago and sometimes dubbed the “Mayan Pompeii,” the ministry of culture said Thursday.
Explore these cultural, historical and scientific protected UNESCO sites of the world.
Under the thatched roof of a squat adobe house, Maya families eat their evening meal — dishes of bright yellow corn, beans and a root vegetable called manioc. Suddenly they hear a disturbingly loud, high-pitched noise. Knowing exactly what it means, they frantically gather their children and run for their lives.
This is what anthropologists believe happened in the area now known as El Salvador, as the Loma Caldera volcano erupted around A.D. 630. Villagers had barely enough time to flee, and everything left behind was perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. But what was a tragedy at the time is now a magnificent window into the everyday life of Maya commoners and one of the coolest things to see in El Salvador — perhaps even all of Central America.
The pre-eruption steam mixed with volcanic ash created a sticky substance that froze an entire Mesoamerican farming community — and their supper — in time.
A tour guide will walk you through the site where you’ll see rooms that once served as kitchens, bedrooms and a steam room known as a temescal.
El Salvador is a country that has 25 volcanoes, 300 km of beaches with surfing waves, 6 lakes inside volcanic calderas. Find out why you should visit El Salvador this year.
This wasn’t the way I wanted to start my post with, but it did happen whilst I was writing it and I feel that as a travel blogger, I have the duty to speak up. In a recent statement, the president of the United States of America has categorised quite a big number of nations as “shithole countries”. I have travelled to over 40 countries during the past 10 years, but I never went to America. Because I come from a “shithole country”, even if it’s not on the list, I am not granted to right to apply for a visa without an interview and without paying the amount a city break would cost me in Europe to schedule it. And I told myself that if they don’t want me, I don’t want them either. There are plenty of other countries that are welcoming me with open arms, and one of them was El Salvador!