The ruins of Tazumal: A visit to the Mayan world

I have always been fascinated with archaeology since I was very young. I dream about temples and sacred sites (Abu Symbel, The Pyramids in Egypt, The Parthenon in Greece, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru among many).

Since I was going to visit El Salvador, I was determined to visit one particular site (On the Archaeology Route) that had escaped me in the past years: The Ruins of Tazumal.

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Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

Aerial view

As you can see in the following map, they are part of a wide area that the Mayan Civilization occupied:

Archeology Map, Mayas in Central America, Map

Main archaeology sites in MesoAmerica (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua)

The ruins are located in the beautiful historic town of Chalchuapa, Santa Ana (Northwestern El Salvador).

Colorful façade, Chalchuapa, El Salvador, Central America

Painting, Traditional village, El Salvador, Chalchuapa

Painting of a Traditional Village

Masks, Mayan Masks, El Tazumal

Clay Masks sold at souvenir stores

El Tazumal offers a glimpse into the daily life of the Mayan society that once lived there.

El Tazumal, El Salvador, Entrance

Entrance to the site

El Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Entrance

Bienvenidos

The “father” of Salvadoran archaeology  Stanley H. Boggs, discovered it in the 1940’s. It has since become the best preserved and one the most visited sites in the country.

Artifacts, clay pots, Mayan artifacts, El Tazumal

Artifacts found on site are displayed inside the museum.

Artifacts, Mayan Artifacts, El Tazumal

Mask, wheel & other findings

The major attraction is the 23 meter high pyramid which is just impressive.

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Main pyramid

Walking on the grounds is quite an amazing experience!

Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

Japanese archaeologists digging the ground

Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

View of the grounds

El Tazumal, El Salvador, Stairs

Main Pyramid up close

Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

Rocks, Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

Rock by rock

I couldn’t help but wonder…What was it like living back then?

El Tazumal, Steps, Maya sacred site, El Salvador

Admiring the site from the stands

What did they witness? A ritual, a ceremony, a game?

Tazumal, El Salvador, Chalchuapa, Archeology, Central America, Mayas

Grand stands

That was such a great trip back in time.

I learned so much about the history of my country!

I hope you enjoyed this tour and I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.

Have you visited a spiritual & sacred site?

L♥ve,

Kay 🙂

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