Casa Blanca Archaeological Site in El Salvador. A Historic Maya Settlement in Chalchuapa

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Sep 8th, 2023
Casa Blanca Archaeological Site in El Salvador
Casa Blanca Archaeological Site. Image by MITUR.

El Salvador’s archaeological sites unveil the rich history of ancient civilizations that occupied the Cuscatlan territory; the Casa Blanca Archaeological Site is also part of these treasures.

Casa Blanca Archaeological Site is a pre-Columbian Maya site in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. Casa Blanca has several pyramids that date back to the Late Preclassic period (500 BC – AD 250) and the Classic period (AD 250–900).

Most people visit El Tazumal and Joya de Ceren as they are seen as the best Maya sites in El Salvador, and they could be right. However, you should still take a chance and explore the Casa Blanca site.

The archaeological site of Casa Blanca has an area of ​​about 15 acres, which is a small fragment of a much larger site. However, parts of this archaeological site are now destroyed due to the growth of the city of Chalchuapa.

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The ruins at Casa Blanca were held in private hands until 1977 when the Salvadoran government purchased the land and began building a park.

Visiting the Casa Blanca Archaeological Site

At Casa Blanca, you can immerse yourself in the rich history by taking guided tours that provide context and insights into the site’s significance. You can also explore the well-preserved structures and enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding Chalchuapa Valley.

You should visit this site and do it as part of the Mayan tourist route, which includes the San Andres and Tazumal Mayan sites; these archaeological sites are nearby.

A particular place of the well-preserved archaeological park attraction, which includes pyramids and minor buildings, to visit is the pre-Hispanic ceremonial center, with its various mounds and structures.

If you want to visit Casa Blanca, I highly recommend you do it as a package that includes the other archaeological sites nearby. You can arrange a package to see the Maya sites with a Salvadoran tour company.

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Casa Blanca Archaeological Site
Casa Blanca Archaeological Site. Image by CulturaSV.

A Historical Maya site in Chalchuapa

Located in the Zapotitán Valley, just 20 miles northwest of the capital, this archaeological site has a history dating back over a thousand years. It was inhabited by the Maya from as early as the 6th century AD until the 9th century AD.

According to experts, at the end of the Late Pre-Classic period, around 250 BC to AD 250, the area around Casa Blanca, along with El Trapiche, became the center of a significant early Maya kingdom.

Even though Casa Blanca is a smaller archeological site with not as many structures as other Maya locations in the country, it still offers plenty to those who want to see Mayan ruins in El Salvador.

Casa Blanca Archaeological Site Conservation Efforts

Casa Blanca is part of the San Andrés Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which states that Archaeological investigations have demonstrated that the present town of Chalchuapa has at least 3200 years of continuous human occupation.

The UNESCO designation has helped Salvadoran authorities and local associations with efforts to raise awareness about safeguarding these ancient ruins.

Preserving this historical treasure has been a priority for El Salvador’s government and the local and international archaeological community.

The Casa Blanca Museum

The Casa Blanca Museum exhibits pre-Columbian ceramics and other indigenous artifacts found at the location and the other indigenous sites in the country.

The architecture of the Casa Blanca Museum was inspired by the historic houses of colonial haciendas; it was built with traditional adobe bricks and ceramic roof tiles.

Most artifacts displayed at the exhibits are from the late Pre Classic period, 500 BC to AD 250; this was the most significant period for Casa Blanca.

When visiting this archeological site, don’t skip the museum; as a matter of fact, you should go to the museum first!

Archaeological Museum.
Chalchuapa Archaeological Site. Image by MITURElSalvador.

Casa Blanca Archaeological Site in El Salvador

Casa Blanca is a smaller part of the Chalchuapa archeological center. As previously mentioned, these ruins are not as impressive as others in the country, but they are still worth visiting. So, if you ever get the chance, venture into Casa Blanca or the other Mayan ruins in El Salvador.