Museo El Baúl
Although parts of this site lie among the sugarcane fields of Finca El Baúl, the highlights can be seen at Museo El Baúl (tel. 5312-1073, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, $1.50), an open-air, roofed-in exhibit housing Pipil stone sculptures, including a jaguar, several skulls, and a smiling head.
The museum is being preserved as an eco-archaeological attraction by private landowners and there are plans to remodel an old building to house visitors, build interpretive trails through the surrounding jungle, and establish a steam engine museum. The remains of old steam engines, one of which dates to 1914, can be found strewn about the grounds.
Getting to Museo El Baúl
To get here, take the road heading north of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa from El Calvario church. An intersection just past this landmark takes you about three kilometers to a fork in the road just past a bridge. The fork is marked by a sign, which reads “Los Tarros,” where you make a left and follow the road another three kilometers to the headquarters of Finca El Baúl. An armed guard will greet you at the gate, where you’ll have to identify yourself. Tell him you’re visiting the museum.
The museum is on the right another half kilometer or so past some old buildings. Buses carrying farm workers make their way out here from town at variable frequencies.
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