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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

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Address: Quirigua, Guatemala
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Mayan Archealogy

A most fascinating insight into an ancient civilization we know so little about. Some pre-trip reading is a must, and/or a visit to the Popol Vuh archaelogy museum in Guatemala... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A most fascinating insight into an ancient civilization we know so little about. Some pre-trip reading is a must, and/or a visit to the Popol Vuh archaelogy museum in Guatemala City.

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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place and it was okay. The ruins are not the most impressive in central america. But the park is really calm and quiet. I was one of the few tourists there. I liked the beautiful nature and there where a lot of birds. I would recommend the trip for history and nature lovers.

Thank Domien S
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The site is small but with a tour guide we had there was a lot of history to learn. Each of the massive square stone Estrela was dedicated to a Mayan king and explained who they were or what they did. Bring an umbrella to keep sun or rain off as it is all outside. Besides the history there is... More 

Thank russpei
Warsaw, Poland
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to visit this place as one of the World Heritage sites and we were not disappointed. To get there we took bus from Rio Dulce. We got off at T-junction and then took motorbike taxi. In the archeological zone you can see so many beautiful “estellas” and “zoomorphs”. This was really unique and amazing. On the way back... More 

Thank Grzegorz B
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Quiriguá is a smaller site compared to places like Copán or Tikal. Historically, it was tied politically, militarily, and commercially with Copán until what appears to have been a tumultuous revolt around 738 AD. What makes Quiriguá unique among Maya archaeological sites are the enormous stelae (stone carved monuments) found there. It actually has the largest Maya stela ever found,... More 

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Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is a small but previous little place. Many beautifully presented stelae depicting Mayan rulers and sacred contexts. Very provocative. Be careful of the Maya jade store on-site, it has beautiful artifacts made of jade from the same sources as the Maya, but pricey and too beautiful to resist! Hold on to your credit cards!

Thank haohuangpianist
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a small site where there are various Mayan stele; nothing awesome, but interesting for fans of Mayan history and history buffs. An hour is about all it takes to see everything. Not as impressive as some of the Mayan sites up in the Yucatan.

Thank Sungron
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We were traveling from Copan Ruinas to Rio Dulce, and took the short detour to Quirigua. I wasn't expecting much. The park is tiny compared with Copan Ruinas and we walked through it and the small museum in under an hour. The stellas and altars are remarkably well-preserved. Though small, Quirigua is an important part of the Mayan history in... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

The park is nice - if you are looking for large pyramids and structures though, you are at the wrong site. That being said, they do have a nice acropolis and a number of large stelae and sacrificial altars. Along the way to the park, there are several large banana farms that were interesting to drive by.

Thank Daryl F
Pinellas Park, Florida
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Very interesting Mayan ruins. Although there are no pyramids the stelae were extremely well preserved and incredibly readable!

Thank Gypsyrver

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