El Salvador

Sand Origin

Playa El Esteron, by La Tortuga Verde

Random Sand Fact

After marvelling at El Salvdor’s magic black beaches, turn your attention to another result from volcanic activities: the “Pompeii of the Americas”

Sand and ash from a volcanic eruption in the year 600 covered a whole village in El Salvador. It lay hidden until rediscovered in 1976 and the excavation of Joya de Ceren began.

Preserved architecture, organic materials, and different artefacts give a rare insight into everyday life of ordinary people in a farming community during the Mayan times. It’s believed that the 200 inhabitants were warned by an earthquake and fled. No human remains are discovered at the site.

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