Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

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South Shields, UK1,582 contributions
Mar 2023
It was a hour and a half drive from our cruise ship which was berthed at the port in Santo de Tomas. Set in a tropical rainforest this is a fascinating Mayan World heritage site.
It was made all the more an interesting experience by our knowledgeable guide.
Along with the zoomorphs, stelae and interesting wildlife, we were able to climb some of the ruins.
There are restrooms and a couple of souvenir/convenience shops on site too.
Written April 9, 2023
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,271 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
This was a very interesting archeological Park where the Mayan Kings at their peak erected sandstone statues documenting their accomplishments. It take about an hour to walk through the whole park and read the signage.
Written January 16, 2023
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Spencer N
2 contributions
Dec 2022
If you are going to visit Eastern Guatemala, Quirigua is worth seeing. It was about a two hour drive from Chiquimula, where I was staying, and it's in the middle of a Del Monte banana farm. The Estela's are fascinating, and the inscriptions and carvings rival those in Copan. There are three small shops there: one sells snacks and drinks, and the other two sell souvenirs, and more important, bug repellent (in case you forgot to bring some). The park has been fully restored from the damage caused by the hurricanes a few years ago.
Written December 8, 2022
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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 August 11, 2021
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zug55
Austin, TX55 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 July 5, 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 March 13, 2020
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rogerw109
Market Weighton, UK178 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 February 21, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,951 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 February 17, 2020
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ874 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 December 30, 2019
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kitancat
Louisville, KY66 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 December 25, 2019
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