Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua
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Catherine N Wilde
38 contributions
Jul 2021
The archaeological park is busy cleaning mud off the monuments from the hurricane last year, which left standing water and mud up to three or four feet up the surface of the monuments. However, since the last time I visited (4 years ago), they have updated the signage and are working hard at cleaning the park up after the hurricanes. It's a great place to visit, located in the middle of banana plantations-- if you drive on the main road around 3pm you might even see the banana train carrying bananas across the street :)
Written 11 August 2021
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zug55
Austin, TX54 contributions
Dec 2019
The Quirigua Archaeological park features perhaps the best rock art in the Mayan world--certainly on a par with Copan. The stelae and altars are sublime--the iconographic and artistic qualities of the rock carvings are exquisite. The site also features a small acropolis with interesting buildings, but the site lacks the monumental architecture seen in Tikal or even Copan. This is a relatively small site (completely surrounded by banana plantations) so the average tourist easily can manage the site in a day.

I would recommend that you read up on the site before you visit. You also should be able to hire a local guide,

It is easy to get there by tuk-tuk from the town of Quirigua or from Los Amates. You could also take the bus to the turnoff for the park, but it is a good 20 minute walk to the entrance. I recommend that you stay at the Posada de Quirigua in the town of Quirigua.
Written 5 July 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2 343 contributions
Mar 2020
Quiet, cozy ruins - we were the only visitors. And here there is something to see - these are perfectly preserved steles with inscriptions.
Written 13 March 2020
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rogerw109
Market Weighton, UK165 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a small interesting Maya site with some interesting carved Stella's in particular one which is the tallest known at 11metres. It is quite an atmospheric place with a small museum on the site. The atmosphere is enhanced by some rather tremendous trees on the site. Well worth a visit en-route to the larger more well known sites.
Written 21 February 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1 586 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is the smallest of the 3 UNESCO Mayan sites in Guatemala. It's interesting for its stellae which are mainly dedicated to the primary ruler of this city back in around 750 - 800 AD.

We visited with a guide on a cruse ship excursion. Its 1.5 hour bus ride each way from the port. Our guide provided lots of interesting information and explanation. Without this I'm not sure we would have found the site that stimulating although it's in an attractive setting and not too crowded.

We spent around 1.5 hours here with our guide. Alone we would probably have spent considerably less.
Written 17 February 2020
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ835 contributions
Dec 2019
There are no temples here, but there are individual sculptures where our guide was able to tell us what the glyphs said and what time period they came from. These are mostly vertical structures with dedications.
Written 30 December 2019
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kitancat
Louisville, KY65 contributions
Dec 2019
The rating actually depends on what Mayan stuff you want to see. There are some ruins and a nice park with beautiful clearings and jungle, good bathrooms and shops. However, the showstopper is the monuments covered with sculpture and Mayan writing. If you want pyramids, go to Tikal, etc, but if you want to see the best examples of stone-carved writing, this is a great place to go. A good reference is "Reading the Maya Glyphs" by Coe and Stone.
Written 25 December 2019
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AllenO756
Godfrey, IL107 contributions
Nov 2018
I visited Quirigua while driving from Tikal back to Guatemala City. There are no large temples like Tikal or Copan, to which this site is related, but the stellas are larger and more complex than you will see at either site. To get the most out of your visit, make sure you employ the services of a local guide to explain everything you're seeing. Oddly enough, the site itself is only a fraction of how large the city was. The site has been encroach on by banana plantations which you will pass through and on the way out. we had to stop to allow a small banana train to pass in front of our car and a worker from the plantation approached us and showed us pottery fragments they found while working the bananas. If this happens to you, don't buy any artifacts as it is illegal. Other than that, it is a very worthwhile visit.
Written 29 October 2019
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rjonsun
S E Pennsylvania84 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
As someone who has been to over 40 Maya ruins, how could we not see Quirigua while visiting Copan. We were based in Copan and it was a 3 hour drive to Quirgua including border crossing into Guatemala. The stela are by far the tallest in the Americas and very impressive when a person is standing next to them for comparison. There are a number of zoomorphic carvings too. There is a nice plaza with climbable ruins, but not spectacular compared to other Maya ruins. The main significance of the site (aside from the size of the stela) is the fact that the ruler of Quirigua declared himself "holy lord" thus baiting the king of Copan to respond. The king of Copan was captured and beheaded.
The weather was perfect when we were there as it was dry season. The experience would not have been great to spend all that time it it was raining. Two tour buses came and went while we were there for about 2 1\2 hours. Normally there will not be many people at tis site do to being off the beaten path.
Written 29 April 2019
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Alain P
Orleans, France795 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
On this site you"ll we find mainly Maya stones having important indications on dates and
kings of Mayas . They perfectly readable due to the sandstone basis . The site is organized as a big flat green field . We can see a hill wich is probaly a part of a temple but not revelated .
Written 24 April 2019
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